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Southern California Students to Receive Awards at California African American Museum's Family History Day

What: On the same day that international movie stars are receiving Oscars in Hollywood, Los Angeles will be the site of another award ceremony celebrating the history of South Central Los Angeles as seen through the eyes of hundreds of its younger residents.

The Southern California Family History Day includes an awards ceremony for K-12 students from schools throughout the southern part of the city who have best described their South Central Los Angeles neighborhood through art and essays. Student projects will be displayed at the same time.

Also, Southern California Family History Day will feature art workshops where students will construct three-dimensional replicas of a mode of transportation or dioramas within small traveling suitcases to create personal South Los Angeles stories using objects, trinkets, and images of South Los Angeles. An additional workshop challenges children and teens to construct innovative art using recycled objects.

Awards Ceremony for History Contest (essays and artwork) will be held at 2:30 p.m.

When: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 25.

Where: California African American Museum, 600 State St., Exposition Park, Los Angeles. Visit for details. Awards and art workshops will be held in the Sculpture Court. Museum phone number: 213-744-7432.

Who: Art workshop leaders are Wanda Clarke, Angela Biggs, and Elliott Pinkney. History contest judges are historians, local educators, and community leaders. The event is co-sponsored by the Automobile Club of Southern California, California African American Museum and the UCLA History-Geography Project.

Visuals: Awards ceremony and lively children and teens creating original artworks under the guidance of art workshop leaders in the CAAM Sculpture Court.

Automobile Club of Southern California: Jeffrey Spring or Elaine Beno, 714-885-2333; California African American Museum: Kimberly Parker, 213-744-7469.