Teaching arts to 28,000 students in Los Angeles

by LA's BEST


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.
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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.


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.

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.

Additional Documentation

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


LA's BEST After School Enrichment

Organization Information


Location: Los Angeles, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.lasbest.org
Project Leader:
Robin Manzer
Director of Development/Grants
Los Angeles, CA United States

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