September 8, 2006 |
Three months after closing its art school in South Pasadena, citing insufficient funds and student interest, the Chouinard Foundation has formed a partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks to provide art education for the city's youth.
June 9, 2006 |
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 |
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 |
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.
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August 8, 2005 |
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.
August 5, 2005 |
Like a symphony conductor with the wonder of creativity at his fingertips, Gregorio Luke gave a special hand signal during his slide lecture on Mexican painter Diego Rivera on Saturday night. After displaying images from a single projector, he unfurled his fingers and commanded: "Enter mural." The audience gasped as the image dramatically unfolded before their eyes.
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February 10, 2005 |
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.
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July 11, 2004 |
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.
July 10, 2004 |
Being in third grade can be challenging enough without living in a battle zone. Ahmed Saleem and his classmates in the war-torn town of Fallouja have seen a lot in their eight years. But they've also seen a small ray of hope enter their lives in the form of a unique program aimed at bringing art to society's most vulnerable. Some of Iraq's best-known artists, including oil painter Hadi Mahood, have contributed their time and even found inspiration from their young charges.