The 70th Anniversary Celebration

The celebration of our 70th Anniversary Season began in June 2009, with the development and presentation of The League of Allied Arts Series (a booklet) with a marvelous and wide-range selection of cultural programs and events- promoted, presented, attended and supported by The League and its arts patrons. Our 70th Anniversary season culminated in July 2010, with a theatre party to see Thurgood at the Geffen Playhouse and a Gala Reception–a benefit for The League Scholarship Fund, and Youth in the Arts outreach Program.

To present a Community Youth Arts project and Gala to culminate the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of The League of Allied Arts (LAA, the oldest African American Women’s organization in the greater Los Angeles area) and to raise money for The League’s Scholarship Fund for young artists.

I.   The League of Allied Arts, in conjunction with Los Angeles County, Second District Supervisor, The Honorable Mark Ridley-Thomas and the Langston Bar Association supported “Youth in the Arts,” thru implementation of an outreach program to high school students regarding the value of Public Education with the development and introduction of a Study Guide on Thurgood–the play at the Geffen Playhouse, written by George Stevens Jr., directed by Leonard Foglia, and starring Laurence Fishburne. The Study Guide focuses on the contributions of NAACP attorney, Thurgood Marshall and the period of history that existed during the Brown v. Board of Education legislation which led to public school integration and schools as we know them today. It also included background on Mr. Marshall becoming the first African American jurist to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States.

The “Youth in the Arts” outreach program culminated in a field trip (100 student and chaperone tickets sponsored by Supervisor Ridely-Thomas) to see the play and participate in a question and answer activity with Laurence Fishburne following the performance. The Langston Bar Association has a Study Guide on Brown v. Board of Education that proved helpful in developing a Study Guide specific to Thurgood, for use in the youth outreach workshops.

The League is pleased and grateful for the commitment of young attorneys in the Langston Bar Association who volunteered to conduct the outreach workshops on this important topic, along with members of The League of Allied Arts.

II.  To “celebrate” The League of Allied Arts’ rich history of supporting contributions of African-Americans to the Arts in Los Angeles, a Gala Reception was hosted by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas a Playhouse immediately following the Thursday, July 29th, 8:OOpm performance of Thurgood.

During this Gala Reception, the Supervisor honored The League on its 70th Anniversary.

To view images from the evening, please go here.

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