On Saturday, April 28, the Leatherby Libraries was proud to celebrate the opening of a youth art exhibition, Mi Cultura es mi Poder (My Culture is my Power). Located in the Leatherby Libraries Hall of Art on the first floor, this exhibition features works by students from Santa Ana Unified School District’s Valley High School.

During the reception, visitors enjoyed refreshments as they enjoyed these colorful paintings that celebrate cultural identity and community. Special guests spoke about the project and its importance.

This exhibition is part of Chapman University’s third annual Education and Ethnic Studies Summit. A one-day event on April 28, 2018, the Summit featured nationally recognized experts in the Ethnic Studies field as well as community activists and leaders with the theme, “Nurturing Community: Critical Consciousness, Spirituality, and Solidarity.”

The Leatherby Libraries would like to thank everyone who participated in this event and made this exhibition a success, including the Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies, and Benjamín Vázquez. Special thanks to Chapman’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion for sponsoring the opening reception.

These works will be on view until May 20th, 2018.