April 28, 2021|


The Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective, coordinated by the Department of Arts and Culture and KCET have joined forces to create a new documentary that explores the value of arts education for the youth, communities, and creative economy of LA County.

Artbound: Arts Education is a special documentary episode of the acclaimed KCET series. It features contributions from artists, educators, policymakers—including youth poets from Get LitCatherine Opie, Vijay GuptaHector TobarDebbie Allen, and Chloe Arnold.

The film shows that by supporting social-emotional intelligence, inspiring a sense of belonging, and developing creative skills, the arts help youth make sense of the past, act powerfully in the present, and imagine the future. It is a reflection on the vital role that arts learning can play in youth development, wellbeing, and building a democratic society with civic narratives that value diverse perspectives, critical thinking, and the creative voices of our youth in a complex world. It is also a call to action to join the collective movement for racial justice, diverse representation in the arts and creative economy, and education equity for all.

Artbound: Arts Education is a project of the Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective, developed by the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with KCET. Funding for this project was generously provided by the Stuart Foundation, the Moss Foundation, and the Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective Funders Council. 

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September 3, 2020|

Awarding Grants to 40 School to Advance Arts Education

Students at Leuzinger High School take part in an arts engagement featuring UniverSOUL Hip Hop.


Funded by Philanthropy, Grants Total $811,600 and Support Projects Ranging from Professional Development to Social Emotional Learning in the Arts

The Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture (Arts and Culture) has announced that grants totaling $811,600 will be awarded to 40 Los Angeles County school districts. The Advancement Grant Program is administered through the LA County Arts Education Collective, the countywide initiative dedicated to making the arts a core part of every child’s growth and development. Advancement Grants, underwritten by the Arts Ed Collective Funders Council, offer flexible funding to school districts, and are matched by school district funds. Leveraging public and private resources, they will invest more than $1.6M this year to expand access to instruction in dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts.

School districts use Advancement Grants to implement district-wide arts education in a range of ways: arts integration, professional development and resources for teachers, social emotional learning in the arts, arts classes, and musical instrument purchases for at-home instruction. To address data showing disparities in access to the arts, Advancement Grants promote equity with priority points for school districts serving large student populations of 10,000 or greater, and those with an Unduplicated Pupil Count of 71% or greater which includes students eligible for Free and Reduced Priced Meals, foster youth, and English language learners. A complete list of the 40 school district grantees (including four charter school networks) is below.

We are proud to provide Advancement Grants with an eye toward increasing equity and access in arts education for the benefit of our County youth, said Kristin Sakoda, Director of Arts and Culture. In this unprecedented time, the human connection, educational engagement, wellbeing, and creative expression that the arts provide is more important than ever. We are deeply grateful for our school district, philanthropy, and County partners as we collectively work to ensure opportunities for students to create and thrive.

Investing in the future for Los Angeles County’s children is imperative, especially now, said Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. These Advancement Grants support a well-rounded education and help school districts lay the foundation to careers in the arts and the creative economy. We want every person in Los Angeles County to have access to the breadth, depth, and diversity of the arts to enrich their childhood and foster their creativity into adulthood.

We know that learning is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor, so as educators throughout Los Angeles County innovate their operations in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have an obligation to support customized learning initiatives that equip students with invaluable creative skills, said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. The Advancement Grants will be used for initiatives designed by the school districts themselves, as they know how to best reach their communities and be attentive to gaps and inequities in resources.

2020-21 Arts Education Collective Advancement Grant

Alhambra Unified School
Antelope Valley Union High School District
Arcadia Unified School District
Azusa Unified School District
Baldwin Park Unified School District
Burbank Unified School District
Centinela Valley Union High School District
Claremont Unified School District
Compton Unified School District
Covina-Valley Unified School District
Culver City Unified School District
El Monte Union High School District
El Rancho Unified School District
Garvey Elementary School District
Glendora Unified School District
Hacienda La Puente Unified School District
Hawthorne School District
Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union
iLead Charter Network
Inner City Education Foundation
Keppel Union School District
Lawndale Elementary School District
Lynwood Unified School District
Magnolia Public Schools
Monrovia Unified School District
Montebello Unified School District
Mountain View School District
Newhall School District
Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District
Paramount Unified School District
Pasadena Unified School District
Pomona Unified School District
Rosemead School District
San Gabriel Unified School District
South Pasadena Unified School District
Sulphur Springs Union School District
Walnut Valley Unified School District
Whittier City School District
Whittier Union High School District
Wiseburn School District
August 29, 2018|

The Arts Ed Innovation Lab Travels to Berlin

"We are living in an era of great disruption and enormous potential." —opening comments, Presencing Foundations Program, Berlin, Germany

Building on work of the Arts Education Innovation Lab, eight arts education leaders from California traveled to Berlin in July to attend the Presencing Foundations Program. Participants represented over 20 nations and were committed to systemic change across multiple sectors including universal healthcare, banking and sustainable agriculture. Over the course of the 4-day intensive, participants were introduced to the concepts and practices of Theory U, a “social technology for helping bring about profound innovation and change.”

In the year ahead, ten arts education leaders from across the state who have trained in Theory U will partner with emerging arts education leaders in a professional learning community to advance systems change in arts education in California.









Pictured (L-R, Top)

  1. Nancy Ng, Luna Dance Institute
  2. Kate Stover, Tulare County Office of Education
  3. Kimberleigh Aarn, Arts Education Consultant
  4. Gillian McCarthy, LA County Arts Commission
  5. Victoria Lanier, Education Through Music—LA

(L-R, Bottom)

  1. Stacy Young, Humboldt County Office of Education
  2. Denise Grande, LA County Arts Commission
  3. Pat Wayne, Create CA

Other leaders in the professional learning community with previous Theory U Training

  1. Jean Johnstone, Teaching Artists Guild & Alameda County Office of Education
  2. Merryl Goldberg, CSU San Marcos

Learn more about Theory U Process and Practice

Over the past 18 months, the Innovation Lab’s strategic visioning has been guided by Theory U. Those interested in deepening their understanding of Theory U processes and practice can participate in U.lab: Leading From the Emerging Future, a free on-line course this fall. The session begins September 13, 2018.

December 8, 2017|

LA County Arts Commission Presents Findings From Arts Ed Profile at Education Summit

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission releases findings from a 18-month survey of arts education in K-12 public schools. The Arts Ed Profile was administered to all 2,277 schools across LA County, including 81 districts, four charter school networks as well as a few individual charter schools.

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