Arts and Culture Awards 41 School Districts Grants to Advance Arts Education


Funded by Philanthropy, Grants Total $867,700 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 $867,700 will be awarded to 41 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 to advance arts education in LA County.

Together with school district matching funds, Advancement Grants will catalyze 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.

Arts education is critical to the overall wellbeing of our young people, and contributes to academic achievement, social development, civic participation, and career success. Research such as the Arts Education Profile: Report on Public Schools, 2015-17 shows, however, that students from low income communities, English learners, and students of color have less access to arts education than their white, higher income, and English-proficient peers, and that the arts instruction they do receive is of lower quality.

Informed by the Regional Blueprint for Arts Education, the Advancement Grant Program is one of the Arts Ed Collective’s school-based strategies that directs resources and investments to historical underserved communities. Advancement Grants promote equity with priority points for school districts serving large numbers of students (10,000 or greater), and those with more than 71% of students who are eligible for Free and Reduced Priced Meals, foster youth, and English language learners. A complete list of the 41 school district grantees (including four charter school networks) is below.

"Advancement Grants bring arts and cultural resources to school districts throughout Los Angeles County, and I am proud of the ways that the program incorporates an equity lens in its design. We need to keep investing in our creative infrastructure, and supporting school districts as they bring the arts, improved educational outcomes, and future opportunities in the creative economy to our youth,” said Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District.

"Advancement Grants show the powerful impact of public-private partnership and our dual aims to reach scale and equity in arts education, while prioritizing resources and investments to historically underserved communities," said Kristin Sakoda, Director of Arts and Culture. "Especially as we continue to recover from the pandemic, the human connection, educational engagement, wellbeing, and creative expression that the arts provide are more important than ever. We are deeply grateful for our school district, philanthropic, and County partners who are working together as part of the Arts Ed Collective to ensure all young people have opportunities to create and thrive through the arts."

"We are honored to be supporting these 41 school districts and are excited about all of the different ways these matching grants will help them initiate, expand, or preserve students’ access to quality arts education at this critical time," said Jacqueline Chun, Chief Program and Operations Officer at The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation and Chair of the LA County Arts Ed Collective Funders Council Advancement Grant Subcommittee.

The Advancement Grant Program is administered by the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. The Advancement Grant Program is made possible with funding from the Arts Ed Collective Funders Council and through direct contributions from The Herb Alpert Foundation, the Angell Foundation, Colburn Foundation, The Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation, and the Music Man Foundation.

2021-22 Arts Education Collective Advancement Grant

ABC Unified School District
Alhambra Unified School District
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
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
Glendale Unified School District
Glendora Unified School District
Hacienda La Puente Unified School District
Hawthorne School District
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
Saugus Union School District
South Pasadena Unified School District
Sulphur Springs Union School District
Whittier City School District
Whittier Union High School District
Wilsona School District
Wiseburn School District


About the Arts Ed Collective
The LA County Arts Education Collective is the countywide initiative dedicated to making the arts a core part of every child’s growth and development. Starting with just one school district in each Supervisorial District nearly two decades ago, the Arts Ed Collective now includes a robust coalition that includes 74 school districts, 5 charter school networks, nearly a dozen County agencies, and hundreds of community-based arts organizations, teaching artists, educators, philanthropists, and advocates. The initiative is coordinated by the LA County Department of Arts and Culture, is supported by curriculum and instructional services provided by the LA County Office of Education. It is guided by a Leadership Council and an active Funders Council who continue to invest in what is now recognized as a national model of collective impact in arts education. For more information and a list of philanthropic funders, visit