The Los Angeles Unified School District is studying ways to expand a pilot program in which a renowned Black artist taught high school and middle school students how to research their family histories and express them through art.
In December, we showed you the project in progress. It is called "an Uncommon Journey to Diversity" and it featured students from Fremont High School in South Los Angeles, Taft High in Woodland Hills, the Woodland Hills Academy and the New Community Jewish High School.
The paintings the students created go on exhibit on Monday night at the Jewish Community Center at the Milken (JCC) in West Hills and remain as a tribute to Black History month through February 28th.
Artist Rick Hyman taught about 150 students in this program. He had interpreted his own family history in the past after discovering photos that trace ihs family's post-slavery migration to Texas.
The school district's "Beyond the Bell" after school program would like to expand the diversity arts program to more schools.