2019 China and USA Youth Culture and Arts Festival
MONTEREY PARK, Calif. February 8, 2019— East Los Angeles College (ELAC) hosted the 2019 China/USA Youth Culture and Arts Festival in Ingalls Auditorium. ELAC’s Outreach & Recruitment Department helps to coordinate this annual event with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and various schools in China. Chinese students traveled to Los Angeles, where they visited their “sister schools” to share their culture.
The China-US Youth Culture and Arts Festival provided students the opportunity to collaborate, learn from each other and share their traditions through art, dance and music. Students exhibited a wide variety of different arts from a gallery of student artwork in the Foyer to Folklorico and Tianyu dances on stage. The festival is held every year in celebration with Chinese New Year, and this year was in celebration of the year of the pig.
Austin Beutner, LAUSD Superintendent, Monica Garcia, LAUSD Board President and Jose Huerta, LAUSD Local District East Superintendent joined ELAC President Marvin Martinez in giving opening remarks.
“It’s an honor to be able to host this event for the 7th year in a row. It’s an opportunity for both cultures of America and China to get together and learn from each other,” said Huerta. “In a time of despair across the world it’s beautiful to see people and children getting along because children are the future.”
“It is wonderful that we are celebrating learning and friendship and being the ambassadors of humanity here in Los Angeles with our Chinese guests today,” said Garcia. “It is so important that the next generation honors culture and art and learning.”
“We are where America comes to see its future. We are the most diverse and multicultural big city in America, and having students from China come here helps our students understand different cultures and prepares them to be leaders in the future,” said Beutner.
Here is a list of all the schools that participated:
Xinchang Middle School
Aferson Middle School
Jiaozhou Association for Global Education
161 Middle School
State Street Elementary
Lincoln High School
Garfield High School
San Gabriel Elementary
International Studies Learning Center
Belvedere Middle School
Roosevelt High School
South East High School
Lorena Street Elementary
City Terrrace Elementary
Robert Hill Lane Elementary