The Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts (LFCSA) is an elementary school located in Glassell Park in Northeast Los Angeles. The school embraces learning in and through the arts as an integral part of a balanced learning environment. With that in mind the school hosts an artist in residence who offers creative opportunities for the students to see how art can be applied in new and unexpected ways. This year LFCSA has invited Louisa Van Leer, from Living Museum Sycamore Grove, to work with the 5th and 6th grade students investigating the history of various sites in the Sycamore Grove area of Highland Park. Through field trips, research, writing, and meetings with local experts the students will gain a deeper understanding of the historical and cultural relevance of the area’s landmarks. The students will develop interactive projects that will become part of the Living Museum's community resources.
The Living Museum Sycamore Grove is a cultural district, currently in the early planning stages, located within a half mile radius of Sycamore Grove Park and the Southwest Museum Metro stop, along the Arroyo Seco. The long term goal of the project is to become a dynamic teaching tool with walking and biking tours, public art installations, way finding and interpretive displays that help make the history of the district come alive for the community and visitors. The project offers the LFCSA students a vibrant opportunity to learn about the history of the neighborhood, urban planning, placemaking, and be an integral part in the development of a vital community resource.
LFCSA and the Living Museum's commitment to the local community and emphasis on civic engagement deeply connects with the work Departures Youth Voices has been engaged in Highland Park and throughout Northeast Los Angeles. This partnership is a wonderful opportunity to extend our work with local youth and implement our curriculum with a younger set of students as they explore and re-imagine their community. We invite you to follow the project and share your insights and ideas.