Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo to Host Armenian Genocide Exhibit LAUSD Training

LOS ANGELES–City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo will host an exhibit and teacher training workshop for Los Angeles Unified School District teachers about the Armenian genocide at Los Angeles City Hall on April 3.

The exhibit–iwitness–features striking portraits and oral histories of Genocide survivors and will be on display through the end of April. The teacher training workshop will be conducted by The Genocide Education Project–a non-profit educational organization–which will ultimately train more than 300 LAUSD world history teachers about the Armenian genocide.

The workshop–which incorporates elemen’s of the iwitness exhibit in its lesson plans–will take place at City Hall from 8 AM to 3 PM on April 3–with the opening reception for iwitness at 5 PM.

"I am proud to be hosting both iwitness and the training for LAUSD teachers," said Delgadillo. "The photos and personal accounts of these survivors not only humanize the Genocide but also foster awareness through a powerful combination of art and education."

Deputy City Attorney Sara Anjargolian–a policy advisor to Delgadillo who also serves as the Office’s liaison to the Armenian community–said the program would have a broad impact. "As the City Attorney for one of the most diverse cities in the world–Rocky Delgadillo is keenly aware of the importance of teaching about the Genocide and the crucial historical lessons it provides for all Angelenos," she said.

Iwitness–an exhibit by The Genocide Project and photographers Ara Oshagan and Levon Parian–combines portraits of Armenian genocide survivors with their eyewitness accounts. Collected over a nearly 10-year period–iwitness also features historical photos and testimonials from American and other officials stationed in the Ottoman Empire during the Genocide.

"Iwitness brings together not only the photos of the survivors and their eyewitness stories but also historical photos of the actual events and accounts by foreigners–American–British–Austrian officials–who saw what was happening and attempted to prevent it," said photographer Levon Parian. "The viewer of the exhibit will not only get a glimpse into the individual personal tragedies of survivors but also an idea of the historical context in which it all took place."

The Genocide Education Project is a nonprofit organization that assists educators in teaching about human rights and genocide–particularly the Armenian genocide–by developing and distributing instructional materials–providing access to teaching resources and organizing educational workshops. It has been involved for nearly a decade in providing invaluable materials for teachers and has created one of the most important genocide resources sites on the net at www.TeachGenocide.org.

"We are currently in the process of one of our most important projects–a series of one day workshops targeted at training LAUSD world history teachers about the Armenian genocide," says Raffi Momjian–Executive Director of The Genocide Education Project. "The fact the LA City Attorney’s office is hosting one of our workshops in association with the iwitness exhibit is critical in raising awareness of the importance of teaching not only the Genocide but all human rights abuses."

Iwitness has been featured in the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine and on National Public Radio’s "Morning Edition," and has been exhibited in the California and Texas State Senate rotundas and the Rotunda of the Capitol in Washington–DC. It has also been exhibited at the Downey Museum of Art.

Iwitness will be on display at the City Attorney’s Office through the month of April. For more information–or to schedule a student field trip to the exhibit–please call (213) 978-8100.

To RSVP for the April 3 opening reception–please email rsvp@lacity.org or call (213) 978-1575 by March 31.

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