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Crossing Borders: California Humanities Supported Projects in Pacific Standard Time

Scores of Southern California cultural and educational institutions are participating in the Getty-led project Pacific Standard Time: From LA to LA, a series of hundreds of public events and exhibits taking place between September 2017 and January 2018 that will illuminate the myriad ways in which Latin America and Los Angeles have and will continue to intersect, creating a dynamic variety of artistic, intellectual, and social forms. We especially encourage you to visit the following projects which have received support from California Humanities through our Humanities for All Project Grant program:

From Latin America to Hollywood: Latino Film Culture in Los Angeles, 1967-2017
This nine-part weekly series of live English and Spanish-language film screenings and live-streamed filmmaker panel discussions sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will include dedicated online content, an academic symposium, a companion publication, and K-12 materials. Supported by a two-year research phase, the project examines the shared influences of Latino and Latin American filmmakers and the work they created or presented in Los Angeles, told through the voices of the filmmakers themselves. Critical and central to the project’s humanities context are 13 newly-recorded oral history interviews with notable Latino and Latin American filmmakers which informed the selection of the project’s film screenings and filmmaker panelists. Click HERE for more information.

Sacred Art in the Age of Contact
Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Santa Barbara (Central Coast)
This exhibit at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum explores Spanish influence on Chumash works of religious art from the middle of the 18th century and includes 70 artifacts of Chumash art (some never before on display). The exhibit will be complimented with lectures and programming to encourage public engagement with history; all lectures will be provided free of charge. A section of the galleries will include an interactive community project (exact media TBD) to compliment the humanities themes presented in the curation and exhibition. Students visiting the exhibit will benefit from an age-specific tour highlighting relevant themes and a hands-on activity to reinforce concepts through tactile learning. Click HERE for more information. Click HERE for details on events. 

Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A.
Library Foundation of Los Angeles, Los Angeles (Los Angeles Metro)
A visual art exhibition and 50+ public programs celebrating the rich social fabric of Los Angeles through the lens of the city’s vibrant Oaxacan community, with a particular focus on the Zapotec community and who are the largest group of indigenous Mexicans in Los Angeles, the project will explore language and culture as a key lifeline sustaining the shared experiences between Mexico, Los Angeles, and beyond. The project will engage new audiences from immigrant communities with the Library’s resources, explore identity and culture as reflected in the Los Angeles’s diversity, and introduce compelling indigenous artists from Mexico and California to a wider audience. Click HERE for more information. 

For more information about the entire project and all affiliated programs, visit the Pacific Standard Time: Latin America/ Los Angeles website.

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