African Americans and Los Angeles
Dr. Michael Cheers, Watts Towers
The Watts Towers, an art installation consisting of 17 sculptures, were designed and constructed by Simon Rodia, an Italian immigrant. The project took 33 years, from 1921 to 1954, and the site is now a state park. The adjacent Watts Towers Arts Center was formed in 1965 and provides the community with free art and music classes, workshops, and festivals. The Center's exhibition space includes permanent collections as well as rotating exhibits, featuring from to February 22, 2015 to February 28, 2016 an exhibition on the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots.