Priska Neely Arts Education Reporter

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Priska Neely is KPCC's Arts Education Reporter.

Priska covers education in music, dance, performing and visual arts, as well as community arts programs. She examines innovation, equity and integration in arts education and holds educators accountable to state law requiring students receive access to arts instruction.

Prior to joining KPCC, Priska was a producer at NPR's Weekend All Things Considered. She coordinated film and television coverage for the show and reported stories for the network — mostly about entertainment and robots. Before that, she was part of the team at NPR's live, call–in show Talk of the Nation in Washington, D.C.

Priska was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, and studied journalism at New York University. When she's not working on a story, Priska moonlights as a singer-songwriter.


Stories by Priska Neely

Netflix is the elephant in the room at CinemaCon 2017

Movie theater owners and studio executives have descended on Las Vegas to preview upcoming films and examine the fate of the movie business.

For this school to transform, teachers must become students

Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary is betting on the arts to turn the school around. As part of the process, teachers are learning new ways to engage students.

What NEA support for arts education looks like in California

Amid worries about cuts to the NEA, KPCC's Priska Neely examines what the federal agency's funding for arts programming in the state looks like on the ground.

Meet the poet representing LA in statewide competition

Cennemi Diaz, a senior at Millikan High School in Long Beach, will compete in the Poetry Out Loud competition in Sacramento this weekend.

Teaching LA high schoolers about August Wilson

Students at three high schools are spending the semester studying the playwright's work, including Fences. The program is run by Center Theatre Group.

Hammer Museum helps families explore social issues with art

How would you defeat racism? That's the question the Hammer Museum is urging families to explore this weekend as part of new series of art-making workshops.

'Art Prof' launches site to expand arts ed access

Clara Lieu, adjunct professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, is launching a site to deliver fine arts education to the masses across the country.

Using data to paint a complete picture of LA arts ed

With a new research project announced today, L.A. County wants to paint a more detailed picture of the state of arts education in its 80 school districts.

The classrooms of Culver City are rich with theater arts

Six performing arts organizations partner with the district to give students access to more theater programming than anywhere else in L.A. County.

Teen teacher-in-training finds purpose in music

Kim Nguyen says music helped her find her purpose in the world. At 18, she's studying music education and wants to help other young musicians do the same.

SNL enlists Melissa McCarthy to turn up heat on Trump White House

Saturday Night Live's history with political satire goes back to the Ford administration. What makes this season different is that the president is taking note.

'24' reboot criticized for rehashing Muslim stereotypes

The show will premiere just a week after President Trump’s executive order that temporarily bans travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Super Bowl ads mean mega exposure for brands and bands

The licensing fees for songs can range from the mid six-figures for a older classic to seven-figures for a new hit. Musicians can count on a bump in sales and streaming.

5 things educators want in the state's new arts standards

After more than 15 years, the standards for teaching arts in schools are getting an update. The state convened groups of educators to give input on the changes.

Iranian-American concert promoter forced to cancel shows

Shari Rezai was forced to cancel upcoming shows in L.A. with Iranian musicians after President Trump's travel ban rendered their performance visas null.