Civil Rights Exhibition Docents Needed!


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When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

630 W. Fifth St.Los Angeles, CA 90071

About

LAPL is now recruiting volunteers to serve as docents/exhibit guides in the For All the World to See exhbit at Central Library.

No prior experience is needed. We are looking for volunteers with excellent interpersonal skills, a friendly demeanor, an interest in art and history. This timely exhibit pertains to the Civil Rights movement and uses art to convey context and history.

Minimum commitment is once per week for one hour for at least 4 weeks, preferably during the week (Monday-Friday). Idea times are before 5pm, but the schedule is flexible. Volunteers will need to commit to a regular schedule before beginning so that tour times can be posted. Volunteers will give tours of the exhibit and share information with the public.

Information on the exhibit will be shared with volunteers prior to giving tours.

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Exhibit Description:

In celebration of African American Heritage Month, we are hosting the traveling exhibit, For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, which examines the major role imagery played in the fight for racial and social equality from the 1940s through the 1970s.

The exhibit shows how popular images-sometimes disturbing, sometimes entertaining, and sometimes overtly militant-played a crucial part in promoting important ideas about fairness and social equality and advancing civil rights during a key period in America’s history. The exhibit also focuses on the role of entertainment media, especially television, as an influential force in highlighting key civil rights events.

This exhibition has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It has been adapted and is being toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance. For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights was organized by The Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in partnership with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution.

Also on view is a companion exhibit of photographs, culled from the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection, A City Engaged: Los Angeles During the Civil Rights Era. In this exhibit, the library’s photo collection shows that while Los Angeles was not the epicenter of the civil rights movement, it played a part.

Skills

  • History
  • Exhibition Arts
  • People Skills
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Visual Arts

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 hr/wk for at least 4 weeks

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