The Academy of Performing and Visual Arts will be revived under new management, a founder of the academy said this week.
"The program is going to continue one way or another," said Jack Plimpton, a co-founder of the academy, which has offered free courses in the visual and performing arts to high school students throughout Los Angeles County since 1984. Linda Gibboney, an academy official at UCLA, where the program has been based, announced the closing of the existing program last Saturday.
Cut Ties With UCLA
Until last Saturday, the academy, which held weekend and afterschool classes in the arts at five sites throughout the county, operated out of the extension office at UCLA. The revived program will have no affiliation with UCLA, Plimpton said. It will be governed by representatives of the Los Angeles, Glendale and Beverly Hills school districts and representatives of the foundation established to raise money for the academy and to support it in other ways.
Founded with a $500,000 grant from the state Department of Education, the academy attempted to fill a gap in the high school curriculum created by the elimination of many school arts programs after the passage of Proposition 13, Plimpton said. It has been financially troubled almost since it began, according to participants, who say that it suffered from its inability to find a stable source of funding.