SOURCE: Town Hall Los Angeles

TOWN HALL Los Angeles

June 03, 2009 18:07 ET

The Studio for Southern California History Celebrates Its Third Anniversary

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - June 3, 2009) - The Studio for Southern California History, community partner of TOWN HALL Los Angeles, celebrates three years of chronicling the history of Southern Californians with an evening reception on Saturday, June 27, 2009, in Chinatown.

"The response by the community has been encouraging and affirming," said Sharon Sekhon, PhD, Executive Director. "We are grateful to the LA organizations and individuals who have supported us." Since opening, The Studio has presented four exhibitions including the current installation, Signs of Our Times; documented 48 oral histories; led 20 Walking Tours; created The Evergreen Cemetery History Project; developed The California Hospital School of Nursing Digital Archive and the LA History Archive; and collected 1000 library items.

Founded by Sekhon with the mission to chronicle Southern California history critically from a social and cultural perspective, The Studio examines history "from the bottom up," and hopes to recover overlooked histories of community and strife in the larger LA area while fostering a sense of place and political entitlement among Southern Californians.

The anniversary celebration includes a preview of a rough cut of Focus on the Masters' profile of Southern California artist, Linda Vallejo, and a reading from legendary Los Angeles writer and poet, Luis J. Rodriguez.

Focus on the Masters founder, Donna Granata, interviewed Vallejo both privately and publicly. The rough cut contains interview highlights and images of the artist's work. Granata described Vallejo's work as "Oil on canvas... Add a deeply-held conviction about humanity's relationship to the world and you enter the world of Linda Vallejo." Established in 1994, Focus on the Masters documents the works of contemporary artists.

Reading by poet Rodriguez allows party-goers to ask about his early life in Watts and East Los Angeles. As a youth, he was involved with gangs and lost 25 friends by the time he was eighteen. His autobiographical account, "Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in LA," received The Carl Sandburg Award. His books of poetry include "Trochemoche," "The Concrete River," and "Poems Across the Pavement." Currently, he manages the Tia Chucha Cultural Center in San Fernando.

The Studio welcomes the public; entrance is FREE with a $10 suggested donation.

Accredited members of the media are invited.

When:     Saturday, June 27, 2009
          6:00 PM Light Reception & Entertainment

Where:    The Studio for Southern California History
          525 Alpine Street, Suite 103
          Los Angeles, CA  90012

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