Carla Javier

Arts Education Reporter

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As a reporter on KPCC’s education team, Carla Javier covers Southern California arts education and community programs in music, dance, performing arts, and visual arts. Carla is a proud alum of KPCC’s internship program and Next Generation Radio. She has also reported and produced for Fusion, NPR, WLRN in Miami, WNYC and PRI’s The Takeaway, and APM’s Dinner Party Download.
Stories by Carla Javier

LA's Locke High is improving—but is it no longer 'failing'?

The latest plan to turn the school around is now in its 10th year and, despite obvious improvements, skeptics say it still fails too many kids.

The next 'Hamilton'? High school students write musicals about history

With the help of teaching artists, the eleventh graders wrote 10 minute musicals about everything from the Roaring Twenties to the Civil Rights Movement.

Formerly incarcerated dads create play about justice system

"You have two ... convicted convicts, and you have two guys acting," a participant said. "At the end, I want you to look at all four of us like we're the same."

Montecito mudslides: With 101 closed, this group is pairing pilots with passengers

Thomas Fire Help has been carrying critical workers, like those in medicine, to their jobs. "We didn't sit around and say 'We're going to start an airline,'" said one volunteer. But that's sort of what happened.

Montecito prepares for next storm while cleaning up the last one

Clearing debris basins is a priority because, if there's another heavy winter storm, officials and experts think another mudslide could happen.

Montecito mudslides: Number of homes destroyed nearly doubles to 115

Seven people remain hospitalized a week after they were injured in mudslides that devastated the coastal town of Montecito, killing 20.

A photographer's odyssey to document streets named after MLK

Susan Berger spent a year taking photos of 33 streets named after the civil rights icon in 17 states and the District of Columbia, There are an estimated 900 such streets in the U.S.

50 years of devastating SoCal mudslides

The recent mudslides in Santa Barbara County are the latest in a long history of damaging Southern California mudslides.

SoCal storm triggers mudslides, killing at least 15 and destroying homes

There were also at least 25 injured, with thousands still under evacuation orders. In Burbank, the storm overflowed a storm basin Tuesday afternoon, sending mud flowing through.

There's more arts education in LA than you might expect, but not for everyone

While more arts ed is being offered to more students than many assumed, there's still work to be done to make sure access to that instruction is equitable.

How this 2018 Rose Parade band is making a difference

Santiago Sharks band members surprised the foster kids at Five Acres by performing for them then showering them with presents.

What does the future of virtual reality sound like?

The lessons learned in interactive sound design can be applied to augmented reality, theater, and even movie viewing on personal devices.

In this choir, every gender has a voice

"Music programs in schools and choir programs have always been considered safe spaces for anyone who is different, especially for LGBTQ students."

Creek Fire: 70 percent contained, all evacuations have been lifted

The Creek Fire, which started early Tuesday morning in the Sylmar area, is now at 15,619 acres. Most nearby roads have been reopened.

Skirball Fire reaches 50 percent containment as residents head home

The Skirball Fire in the Bel Air area held at 475 acres burned in a late Friday update, but jumped from 30 to 50 percent containment, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.