Artbound

S11 E4 | CLIP

Watts Towers Arts Center's Unusual View of Arts Education

Cultural leader Charmaine Jefferson parses the issues that led to under investment in Black communities and Noah Purifoy talks about how arts education could be a way forward.

AIRED: October 21, 2020 | 0:01:29
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JEFFERSON: AS YOU HAVE THE

OPPORTUNITY TO TRY TO LIVE THE

AMERICAN DREAM AND ALLEGEDLY

MOVE UP, NO MATTER WHAT YOUR

RACIAL BACKGROUND, THE HOUSING

BECOMES AVAILABLE TO THE NEXT

GROUP THAT'S TRYING TO MOVE.

THE DIFFERENCE IS FOR

AFRICAN-AMERICANS, AS WE

DESEGREGATED, WHAT GOT LEFT

BEHIND WERE THE POOREST AMONGST

US, THOSE LEAST ABLE TO MOVE,

AND WHAT THAT DOES IS IT STARTS

TO LEAVE AREAS LIKE WATTS AND

COMPTON, ET CETERA ABANDONED NOT

JUST BECAUSE THE INDUSTRIES HAVE

STARTED TO MOVE AWAY BUT BECAUSE

THERE WAS NO DESIRE, NO INTEREST

TO PUT RESOURCES INTO THE

BLACK COMMUNITY, SO ALL BLACK

PEOPLE ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY

WERE FEELING THE ANXIETY OF

"THINGS NEED TO BE DIFFERENT."

[CHANTING]

PURIFOY: AS A RULE, BLACK KIDS,

PARTICULARLY POOR BLACK KIDS,

HAVE A LOW SELF-ESTEEM, A LOW

SELF-IMAGE, AND THE OBJECT HERE

WAS TO RAISE THEIR SELF-IMAGE.

IF THEY COULD COME TO THE

TOWERS AND HAVE A GOOD

EXPERIENCE, A POSITIVE

EXPERIENCE, THEY COULD TAKE

THIS EXPERIENCE WITH THEM

WHEREVER THEY GO AND IMPROVE

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