What secrets and lessons does a neighborhood impart from its discovered past, preceived present and imaginative future? Students from Manual Arts High School and Belmont High School have unearthed facts and myths from the everyday to startling revelation. Utilizing historical archives concurrent with new technologies, these students have given new life to buried narratives. Here is an introductory overview of their project in progress- Turning From the Millennium- Echo Park and South Central Los Angeles from students' perspectives.

Turning from the Millennium is collaborative online portrait of two culturally diverse communities in Los Angeles. Produced as a year-long multi-media project which brought students together with artists, scholars, architects, designers and historians for an in-depth investigation into the history of the surrounding community, the project poses critical questions concerning urban history, spatial politics and the future direction of local neighborhoods.

Working with youth participants from Belmont and Manual Arts High Schools in Los Angeles, OnRamp Arts' Turning from the Millennium explores civic issues of high relevance- the past, present and possible future of their own neighborhoods- through new, multimedia technology.

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