Two legends came together to perform at the Art, Activism, Access: 40 Years of Ethnic Studies Family Festival on Sunday, February 28, 2010. Multi-talented tap dancer Chester Whitmore and Kenny Burrell entertained a captivated audience.

*Los Angeles-2009-2010 marks the 40th Anniversary of the UCLA’s American Indian Studies Center, Asian American Studies Center, Chicano Studies Research Center and the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies.

To celebrate this significant milestone, UCLA Chancellor Gene Black has dedicated the academic year to the theme of “Celebrating 40 Years of Ethnic Studies at UCLA.”

In concert with the anniversary, the exhibition Art, Activism, Access: 40 Years of Ethnic Studies at UCLA will be on display at the Fowler Museum at UCLA from February 28- June 13, 2010.

This lively collection of murals, graphic art, films, ephemera, and photographs capture the key moments in a remarkable history of action, offering a compelling review of the turbulent beginnings, and enduring legacy of forty years of ethnic studies at UCLA.

On Sunday, February 28 from 12pm- 5pm, the Fowler Museum hosted a Family festival in conjunction with the new exhibit Art, Activism, Access: 40 Years of Ethnic Studies at UCLA. Several hundred people, some with children enjoyed a picture perfect day at the Fowler Museum with a full day of activities.

Poetry readings were held in the Deutsch Seminar room on the first floor of the Museum. Deborah Sanchez, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Chair of the UCLA Cesar E. Chavez Department of Chicana/o Studies, Beau Sia of Russell Simmons/HBO Def Poetry Jam and drummer John Densmore of the Doors read some original poems.

Many musical performances were taken place on the 2nd Floor Terrace. Ozomatli’s Raul Pacheco and the Immaculate Conception, the Kupa Bird Singers, Jazz master guitarist Kenny Burrell and multi-talented tap dancer Chester Whitmore and Grammy-nominated members of Hiroshima performed for a captivated audience.

The family art workshop offered families a chance to create their own family tree and contribute to a communal artwork.

In the Marketplace, we were allowed to peruse and purchase publications from the American Indian Studies Center, Asian American Studies Center, and Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, and the Chicano Studies Research Center.

The festival concluded with a closing reception with live music provided by members of Hiroshima. Guest was treated to some wonderful appetizers.

The Exhibition: Art, Activism, Access: 40 Years of Ethnic Studies at UCLA will be on view from February 28 through June 13, 2010, in the Lucas Gallery on the first floor of the Fowler Museum. For more information visit www.ethnicstudies40th.ucla.edu .