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California African American Museum sign

Discover the California African American Museum

12/19/2014

Wiebke Schuster

The California African American Museum (CAAM), located on the eastern end of Exposition Park in Downtown L.A., is a connecting agent - from historical context to contemporary art and healthy community dialogue to shape a positive future.

Harry Gamboa Jr.

Latino Heritage in Los Angeles: Harry Gamboa Jr.

09/03/2014

Wiebke Schuster

In 1968, Gamboa helped lead the “East L.A. Walkouts” (aka “Chicano Blowouts”) at Garfield Senior High School. Students walked to protest against the substandard treatment of East L.A. public schools and a disproportionate draft of Mexican-American youth to the Vietnam War.

Over time, Garfield High became a place of transformation. Many of the alumni emerged as social leaders, artists, actors and musicians. “People who would probably be considered predetermined to fail became super achievers.” The Grammy Award-winning band, Los Lobos came out of Garfield, and musicians from a neighboring high school formed Cannibal & the Headhunters and went on to tour with The Beatles.

“The social pressure and social heat you encounter has potential to destroy, but it also has the potential to create a diamond. So if one can approach it almost mathematically, you can create yourself in the image of a diamond, you will shine in the distance and can cut through anything. I am a very old diamond now." Gamboa shrugs and laughs.

Exterior of the Museum of Latin American Art

Discover the Museum of Latin American Art

08/19/2014

Wiebke Schuster

The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) remains the only cultural institution in the country that is dedicated exclusively to presenting masterpieces by modern and contemporary Latin American artists.

Battleship IOWA guns

Battleship IOWA: The Story of an L.A. Icon

05/22/2014

Discover Los Angeles

Designated the "World's Greatest Naval Ship," Battleship IOWA is a floating museum that welcomes visitors from around the world to its location at the Los Angeles Waterfront in San Pedro.  

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