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

Grants supporting arts for system-involved youth get big funding boost

The state budget allowed for a $750,000 increase in grants given to arts programs that work with youth in the justice system.

How does a school focused on science integrate the arts?

STEM has been a buzzword in education for a while, but now, the big thing is STEAM education - adding an ‘A’ for arts. We visit one school that's making the shift.

Duchess of Sussex's coat of arms reflects her California roots

We asked the hosts of the Royally Obsessed podcast to explain what the different symbols represent from royal newlywed Meghan Markle's life.

LAUSD teachers union rallies in front of City Hall

If LAUSD and the union can't agree on the contract, union reps may call for a strike in the fall. Any walkout would follow teacher strikes in West Virginia and other states.

Blue ribbon commission won't get to see report on man charged with killing officer

The confidential report details the events that led to the Michael Mejia's release on probation. Critics have questioned why the gang member was back on the street.

LAPD report shows that arrests of homeless people are up

The data also showed an increase in the number of homeless people who were victims of crimes. That all comes as the homeless population in LA continues to grow.

This retirement community brings its residents together with music

There can be divisions between residents with dementia and those who live more independently. That's one reason why they get together every week for choir practice.

Beach fire pits are popular -- and they can also be dangerous

A 10-year-old girl suffered major burns after falling into a fire pit at the beach over the weekend.  KPCC's Carla Javier went to Newport Beach to find out how common injuries like that are.

Did you take an ethnic studies class? We asked. You answered

As the battle over implementation of ethnic studies wages on, KPCC is hosting an In Person conversations about the role of the arts in the field's future.

How PST: LA/LA brought dollars to SoCal and Millenials to museums

The initiative brought 2.8 million visitors to local museums and $430.8 million to the local economy, according to a new report. It also attracted new audiences.

Faced with cancer, these young people picked up a camera

The youth hope the images of families, pets, and hobbies help people look "Behind the Diagnosis." They're also selling the prints to raise money for research grants.

LAUSD students and celebrity alumni partnered to raise money for the arts

The district budgeted $31.52 million for the arts this year, but arts education administrators say even that isn't enough. So, they're hosting a concert.

A new bill could increase access to arts ed, but some fear it won’t guarantee quality

While many arts ed advocates want to take advantage of the state budget surplus, others are concerned about the bill’s language surrounding who would teach the arts.

Report on California arts education: encouraging, but needs work

"It's showing some forward progress," explained Pat Wayne, program director at Create CA. "Not of course what we'd hope it would be, but we're going in the right direction."

'Not one more': SoCal students walk out to protest gun violence

Organizers have called for demonstrations to last 17 minutes to honor the 17 killed last month. Students are taking up the call in nearly 3,000 protests nationwide.