For the first quarter of 2013, Inner-City Arts Learning and Achieving Through the Arts is progressing and on target to achieve its goals.
Learning & Achieving Through the Arts (LATA) provides arts instruction to over 6,500 children in Grades K–8. LATA is a creativity-based, standards-aligned arts program, rooted in English Language Development methodologies, that helps students tap into their true potential and discover hidden capabilities. Classroom teachers participate with their students and also attend professional development workshops designed to help them integrate arts education into their classrooms and employ arts-based strategies toward improved learning in school. Given our unique, community-based approach to creating positive learning environments, Inner-City Arts is well-positioned to reach students, schools, and families that are being adversely affected by the severe cuts to arts education programs. The program is comprised of three interconnected strands: (1) standards-aligned instruction in the arts, (2) extended professional development and supportive coaching for non-arts classroom teachers to grow their potential as art educators, and (3) activities that encourage whole schools to embrace the arts strategy. As Inner-City Arts’ core program, and chief organizational focus, LATA reaches well beyond the scope of enrichment. The past decade has produced a wealth of research and practical evidence delineating the exact ways in which arts learning allows students to learn effectively, develop critical thinking and other cognitive skills, grow in their ability to problem-solve and express themselves, and achieve in all school subject areas. Furthermore, In the face of extreme cuts to LAUSD art programs, Inner-City Arts offers a safe learning environment for children, teens, families, and the broader community to engage in creative exploration without fear or judgment.