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The Museum & Education Center are home to a series of 5 Public Programs ranging from social outreach to history and media

Oral History Workshops

Beginning this Summer, the Education Center will host an ongoing series of oral history workshops.

Presented by Virginia Espino of the UCLA Library Center for Oral History Research, UCLA staff will train community members in oral history methods to record the stories of Olvera Street merchants, Historic La Plaza UMC congregation members and others. This program will coordinate with the Immigrant Media Initiative and assign its students to use their new skills to assist in filming oral histories. These will be included at various times in the exhibits or special events.

Docent Training

Training will be provided for those interested in serving as Museum docents. In addition we will coordinate with the other museums, churches and non-profits to provide a comprehensive and inclusive approach to telling the story of Olvera Street and the founding of Los Angeles.

The Immigrant Media Initiative

This will encompass a series of comprehensive courses for young adults of immigrant backgrounds. It is designed to enable and empower ethnic minorities in the Los Angeles region to break into this area’s highly coveted entertainment and media industries. Through classroom instruction, immersive on-the-job training, computer-assisted interactive tutoring, and mentorship opportunities with industry professionals, it will prepare a new and more diverse generation of media content producers to address the need for greater diversity and multiculturalism in media-related industries.

Cultural and History Lectures & Special Events

A yearly calendar of scheduled lectures, talks, workshops and special events is planned, bringing to La Plaza UMC Museum and Educational Center prominent experts in Los Angeles area Latino and other ethnic arts, music, literature, media, social movements and history. Special events for families and children will be offered.

La Placita Interfaith Coalition

Launching this Summer, a collaboration of La Placita Catholic Church, La Plaza UMC, Amigos de Siquieros and other Olvera Street stakeholders to address current community issues including homelessness. More info coming soon.



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