Black History Month Banner Project

Youth artist, lead artist and USC student mentors during the USC Black History Month Banner Project banner art unveiling reception at CAAM, January 24, 2018. (Photo/Gus Ruelas)

The University of Southern California has had a history of working with LA Commons, and arts organization in the City of Los Angeles, to create public works of art in our communities. To commemorate Black History Month, USC embarked on another partnership with LA Commons to create banners to be displayed on campus during the month of February. LA Commons recruited high school students from our surrounding community to create original art pieces that reflected the USC African American experience and were realized by muralist Noni Olabisi. The sun was the common element among the pieces. “The sun shines on the whole world, and I wanted the banners to be all-inclusive. It’s about black history, but it’s also about faith,” said Olabisi.

Black History Month Banners, February 1, 2018. (Photo/Gus Ruelas)

During a recent tour of the University Village, Mayor Garcetti and President Nikias stopped by to meet the students and preview their work. The Mayor talked about the history of King Tut and how his own father played a role in the new exhibit coming to the California Science Center this year. The artwork was unveiled in late January at a reception at the California African American Museum to celebrate the students and their work.

The banners can be seen all over campus and the original art pieces will be seen at City Hall in during the month of February.