BlackMusic, BlackWork, is a historical exhibition to debut on February 23, 2017 in celebration of Black History Month.
This dynamic history of organizing in the arts spans the founding of the Black musicians union Local 767 in the 1920s to the contemporary struggles of working musicians who understand the transformative power of art and culture.
As we currently witness a level of Black working-class activism that has not been seen in decades, it is important to examine the lessons of the past in order to reimagine the possibilities of work and opportunity in our communities and its impact on Los Angeles as a whole.
The richness of Los Angeles is made up of stories that move the mind, soul, and conviction. One of those stories is the unsung bravery and artistry of early Central Avenue musicians whose work transformed L.A.’s music industry forever.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017
California Jazz and Blues Museum – Liemert Park
4317 Degnan Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90008
Developed by AFM Local 47, Los Angeles Black Worker Center, and UCLA Labor Center and History Department, the exhibition opening event takes place at the new California Jazz and Blues Museum, opened by acclaimed jazz vocalist Barbara Morrison. The exhibition runs through June 30, 2017. Tickets are now available for the opening event taking place the evening of February 23.
Tickets for the exhibition opening event will be available at the door for $25. Discounted presale tickets for $20 are available here. Early Access Admission ticket holders are invited to join our Exhibit Sponsor VIP Reception from 5-6 pm.
The program begins at 6 p.m. and will feature a panel of distinguished guest speakers discussing struggle of Black musicians from Central Avenue’s rise as the West Coast’s cultural center up to the present struggles of working musicians and activists, oral histories with prominent Local 767 members, live jazz performances, and a diverse crowd of workers, business owners, interfaith leaders, local elected officials, in the heart of L.A.’s African American Arts culture, Leimert Park.
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact LaTonya Harris: firstname.lastname@example.org, 323.752.7287.
If you are unable to attend but would still like to make a contribution, you may make a tax-deductible donation here: