(Photo Caption)Staff and artists from the Arts for Healing and Justice Network (AHJN) and member organizations. Image by Sylvanus Leone. Courtesy of AHJN.
The Arts Ed Collective’s 2020-21 End of Year Report documents how collaborating partners have navigated the pandemic and how the strategies that drive this work have shifted. With last year's adoption of the new LA County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education and Plan for Elevating the Arts as a Justice Reform Strategy by the Board of Supervisors, the work of the Department of Arts and Culture along with hundreds of partners now formally extends beyond public education and aims to change the social conditions and public systems that impact where and how young people access learning in and through the arts. The report summarizes recent efforts through which this collective is stretching beyond a single program or approach to prioritize resources for youth historically excluded from learning in the arts and expand arts-based strategies in school, after school, and in communities.