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Photo exhibit features students from LAUSD schools

LOS ANGELES — Students from some of the most disadvantaged schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District were the focus of the first “pop-up” photography exhibit that offers an unfiltered look at everyday school life in inner-city Los Angeles.

The one-night InstaGallery event June 4 featured Instagram photos taken by City Year AmeriCorps members documenting their year of service in some of L.A.’s most disadvantaged schools, including Jefferson High, Belmont High and Markham and John Muir middle schools,

For the past school year, nearly 300 AmeriCorps members have been mentoring and tutoring students at 25 inner-city schools in L.A. – and capturing inspiring moments on Instagram. Of more than 5,000 Instagram photos taken, about 25 images were selected by art experts for the exhibit.

Authentic and eye-opening, the photographs attest to what it’s like growing up in L.A.’s underserved communities, and the hope of students, staff and AmeriCorps members in closing the achievement gap.

They were displayed at the De Re Gallery on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood.