Teaching arts to 28,000 students in Los Angeles



Through professional artist/teachers, this project engages kids in intensive, hands-on arts experiences to develop creativity, cultural awareness, self efficacy, and school participation/ completion.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

State and local budget cuts have virtually eliminated arts instruction in LA’s inner city schools where low perforance and high dropouts rates prevail. High quality after school arts instruction re-engages alienated kids and inspires them toward success in school and beyond. “Independent evaluation results demonstrate that our arts program is transforming the lives of children”, said Carla Sanger, LA’s BEST President and CEO.

How will this project solve this problem?

For one hour twice weekly for 10 weeks, professional artist/teachers teach intensive, hands-on “residencies” in visual arts, dance, music or theatre to 2 groups of 20 kids in Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5, following a carefully articulated curriculum.

Potential Long Term Impact

By using the arts to re-connect alienated, poor kids to their own potential for success and to the importance of school participation and completion, this project empowers them to see and succeed in school and beyond, against enormous odds.

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Los Angeles, CA, United States

Project Leader

Robin Manzer

Director of Development/Grants
Los Angeles, CA United States

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