Arts Education

Arts Education

Every child in Los Angeles County should have access to a sequential, standards-based, quality arts education—an arts curriculum that is taught by a qualified teacher, is ongoing and meaningful, and tied to learning in other critical subjects, such as science, math, and English.  

In California, education funding decisions are made broadly at the state level and then implemented by school districts at the local level.  In many cases, districts must navigate competing internal interests, trends in education, and parent and student needs when crafting a budget.  For this reason, all 81 school districts in Los Angeles County take a unique approach to implementing arts education in their schools.

Quick Resources:

LAUSD Board of Education Leads Effort on Arts Ed Budget

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 1:28pm

Photo: arts educate LAAfter several deadlines to produce it elapsed, the Los Angeles Unified School District stepped forward to take leadership on releasing a budget for its arts education branch last week.  The budget was presented at the Budget, Facilities, & Audit Committee meeting of the board on Thursday, February 20.

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[VIDEO] Arts for All Celebrates Arts Education in LA County, Charts Course for Future

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 9:05am

Photo: arts for all eventArts education in Los Angeles County was celebrated last month on the lot of Paramount Pictures in the Paramount Theatre.

Student performances and artwork were the main attraction alongside comments from LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Arts Commission... Read more

Arts for LA Launches Local Control Funding Formula Online Resource for Parents & Advocates

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 9:05am

photo: LCFF prioritiesAs part of our work to prepare arts advocates to work in their local communities, Arts for LA has launched an Online Action Brief around the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) opportunity.  

As discussed in Cristina Pacheco's article on the subject, LCFF represents a significant sea change in not only the way... Read more

State Senator Ted Lieu Introduces Bill to Raise California Arts Council Funding to 1982 Levels

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:23am

In response to decades of budget cuts to one of California's most dynamic industries, Sen. Ted Lieu today announced plans to restore state funding for the California Arts Council to levels not seen in more than a decade.

“California is home to one of the highest concentrations of creative individuals in the world,” Lieu, D-Torrance, said in support of the role the 'creative economy' plays in the Golden State. “Artistic services and intellectual capital are essential to the 21st... Read more

State Sentaor Ted Lieu to Host Otis Report Legislative Hearing in Sacramento

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 9:05am

photo: california's creative economyRecognizing the importance of creativity to California’s past, present and future, Sen. Ted Lieu will convene a hearing in the state’s capitol to examine the role the creative sector plays in the state’s economy.

Legislative hearing Feb. 12, 2014 in Sacramento:

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