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Margaret Blue: Opening the “Gate” to South Bay Art

 

 

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Margaret Blue: Opening the “Gate” to South Bay Art

Associate professor of political science Margaret Blue is on the event committee for the Los Angeles premiere of the internationally acclaimed film, “Buffalo Boy,” which will be held at the historic Warner Grand Theatre on Jan. 28. The CSUDH alumna (Class of ’81, B.A., Political Science) serves as co-chair of a reception that evening, honoring the film’s director and screenwriter Nghiem-Minh Nguyen-Vô. She currently serves as a board member and is a past secretary of Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro, which is presenting the film.

“Angels Gate has a special role in the art community in the area and in greater Los Angeles, partly because of the unique location,” she notes. “Because [the South Bay] is so geographically separated from West L.A. where much of the art world is, it is important to have public access to art.”

“Buffalo Boy” is Vietnam’s official entry for the 2005 Academy Awards and has received international accolades, including Best Director, Cape Town World Cinema Festival, South Africa; Best Foreign Language Film Palm Springs International Film Festival; and Best Cinematography, Asian Pacific Film Festival. The story of a coming-of-age journey reflects the filmmaker’s boyhood in Vietnam.

Blue, who directs the Students Preparing for Academic Rigor and Knowledge (SPARK!) Program on campus, emphasizes the educational contributions of Angels Gate to the community.

“Angels Gate receives grants to provide art education for LAUSD campuses in the area as well as the new L.A. Port Charter High School,” she states. “Internships give students an opportunity to understand how an art center is run and to be a part of that.”

Blue underscores the relationship between CSUDH and Angels Gate and hopes for further collaboration between the institutions. Patricia Cherin, professor of English and humanities, College of Extended Education, also serves on the board of directors, and alum Daniel Porras (Class of ’05, B.A., Art) has recently begun an internship at Angels Gate. 

“It’s not easy for people in this area to get up to L.A.,” she emphasizes. “It’s nice to have art that is accessible to the public in terms of cost and in our own backyard.”

For more information on Angels Gate Cultural Center and the Warner Grand Theatre, visit http://www.angelsgateart.org/buffaloboy/index.html and http://www.warnergrand.org/.

- Joanie Harmon

 

 
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