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June 9, 2006 | Mike Boehm
The National Endowment for the Arts will funnel $680,000 this year to programs in Los Angeles County that help bring the arts to school-age children. The biggest of the 17 grants, $85,000, goes to the county arts commission to help fund an artist-in-residence program that's part of Arts for All, a larger attempt to establish arts education as a fundamental part of the curriculum in the county's 80 school districts.
March 19, 2006 | Chris Pasles
TRESA WAGGONER, the Bennett, Colo., elementary school teacher who got into hot water in January for showing her students a video clip of Gounod's "Faust," is reportedly out looking for a new job and a new community. Additionally, Bennett Mayor Karen Grossaint resigned last month over the matter, telling the Rocky Mountain News that Waggoner's removal from the classroom was the "last straw." She said the 2,500-member community east of Denver "has a mean-spirited undertone."
August 25, 2005 | Brenda Rees, Special to The Times
ON a recent Saturday afternoon at the Bowers Kidseum, a group of kids were given a creative task: Invent a character, design where he/she/it lives and give that character a pet. After a brief moment of silent introspection around the big table, artistic juices gushed out of these pint-sized Rembrandts, who quickly picked up charcoal sticks to begin their latest masterpieces. "Mine's going to have a monkey," said one youngster. "My guy is going to live in an ice cube," piped up another.
August 8, 2005 | Patricia Ward Biederman, Times Staff Writer
For 22 years, Paul Cummins was founding headmaster of one of the most elite and offbeat private schools in Southern California. Crossroads, in Santa Monica, combines the arts, environmental education and community service with traditional academics and is the kind of place where agents scout talent at the senior play. But shortly before Cummins stepped down in 1993, he decided to find out how children were faring in public schools in less-coveted area codes. What he saw shocked him.
February 10, 2005 | Tonya Alanez, Times Staff Writer
Plans for an arts-oriented elementary and middle school in Santa Ana, down the street from a renowned arts high school, have been resurrected. Santa Ana Unified School District trustees had previously balked at approving the Orange County Educational Arts Academy, expressing concerns about its funding and lease arrangements, but school organizers convinced trustees Tuesday night that the charter school would be able to sustain itself.
December 3, 2004
The sixth annual Professional Artists in Schools Awards, recognizing individuals and organizations providing arts education in schools, will be presented from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the Salvatori Room on the fifth floor of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. This year's lifetime achievement honorees are musicians Alfredo Rolando Ortiz and Johnny Mori; Colin Cox, artistic director of the Will & Co. theater company; and mime duo Keith Berger & Sharon Diskin.
July 11, 2004 | Erin Ailworth, Times Staff Writer
Craig Woodson dangled a stick with a string attached in front of 120 kids sitting cross-legged at UCLA's Royce Hall. "What is this?" he asked. "Fishing pole!" the second- and third-graders from Carson Street Elementary yelled. They had gathered on campus for a day of hands-on learning as part of Design for Sharing, a support program of UCLA Live, which has been introducing audiences -- from kindergartners to the elderly -- to music, theater and dance for 35 years.
June 20, 2004 | Mike Boehm
In a new report, the state government arts agency, the California Arts Council, says the $10.4 million it spent over two years to boost arts education in elementary and secondary schools bore fruit. According to the report, titled "Arts Lab 101: The Results Are In," the money paid for 58 programs that brought visual artists, writers and performers into nearly 500 schools statewide during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 school years.
February 14, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
The Entertainment Industry Foundation has given a $500,000 grant to the Los Angeles County Arts Commission to improve arts education in the county. Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Jewish Community Foundation and J.P. Morgan Chase provided similar grants, totaling $80,000. The money will be used to help school districts create programs and classes.
January 27, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Elma Lewis, 82, a leading arts educator and champion of black culture in Boston, died Jan. 1 of complications from diabetes at her home in the city's Roxbury section. Lewis, among the first to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, was a mentor to hundreds of black children at her Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts, which she founded in 1950. For more than 30 years, the school offered a variety of courses, including dance, drams, art, music and costume design.
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