With everything going on in the world it’s easy to feel a bit of hopelessness with the state of things. In these times it’s important to stay positive and remember that even the smallest contributions (monetary or otherwise) have the ability to make a difference.
It is with this notion in mind that “A Path Appears: Actions for a Better World,” an exhibition on view at Skirball Cultural Center was created to spur social action. This exhibit is based on the book of the same name written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
The exhibit is both gallery installation and community engagement experiment where visitors weave through pavilions focused on critical humanitarian issues like education, health, employment, and empowerment. There are local and global organizations on display that present practical, results-driven steps opportunities for people to get involved before ever leaving the museum.
“Hope is like a path in the countryside. Originally there is nothing, but as people walk this way again and again, a path appears.” – Lux Xun, Chinese essayist
Among the organizations represented is South Central Scholars (SCS), an LA-based nonprofit that serves academically gifted students from low-income areas through financial scholarships, mentorship, career counseling, and internship programs. To date, SCS has awarded over five million dollars to students.
Joey Shanahan, Executive Director of South Central Scholars will lead a discussion at Skirball on Jan. 17 to answer questions about this local organization and present opportunities for how to get involved on a local level. Author, Nicholas Kristof will be on hand to share stories from the book of individuals and organizations who are developing workable solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems on Jan. 25 at 8 p.m.
For more information, visit the Skirball website’s ‘Readings and Talks’ section.
A Path Appears is on view until Feb. 21
When: noon to 5p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Where: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles.
Admission: $5-$10, free on Thursdays.
Information: 310-440-4500; www.skirball.org
Disclosure: Radix Collective does pro bono work with South Central Scholars.