Learning to Leave Your Mistakes Behind and Let Yourself Dream Big
This week the Pathfinder Fellowship took us to the heart of entertainment in Downtown Los Angeles. Valentina Martinez, the community affairs manager for AEG, organized a tour for us of the Grammy Museum in Downtown Los Angeles, which is an interactive, educational museum devoted to the history and winners of the Grammy Awards. We also got to take a tour of the Staples Center, which is right across the street, to check out the home arena of the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers, and the Los Angeles Kings sports teams.
When we first arrived at the Grammy Museum, we were welcomed by Schyler O'Neal, who is a coordinator there. O'Neal served as our tour guide, and as we walked through the museum we got to see several exhibits featuring the work of superstar artists like Michael Jackson, Jenni Rivera, and Ringo Starr. It was amazing to see these artists and what they have done throughout their lives. The Jenni Rivera exhibit was especially inspiring because it showed how Rivera used her work in banda and norteña music to challenge stereotypes about women that are common in Mexican music. They even had the first mixtapes and CDs, her clothing, and her official identification cards.
There were also listening stations where we could listen to several different kinds of music—everything from the hip hop to neo-folk. It was really fun to catch the other Pathfinder Fellows singing along with the karaoke or playing on the instruments on display. O'Neal and the rest of the museum staff also explained the work they’re doing and how it impacts people. Not only do they show visitors the artists and what they did, but they also are involved in education. Through their education efforts, they teach how connected history, science, math, and technology are to the musical experience and how it impacts a person's life.