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

Las Fotos Project zooms in on mental health

The local nonprofit uses photography as tool to help teen girls build confidence. On Saturday, the group will screen multimedia projects about mental wellness.

Getting into LA's most prestigious arts school takes more than talent

The tweens who take on the rigorous auditions for the L.A. County High School for the Arts don't have interview experience. To prep them, the school holds audition workshops.

Broke: Why more California families are becoming homeless

Interest in solving homelessness has intensified over the past year. But there’s a side to the crisis that hasn’t garnered as much attention — entire families are slipping into homelessness. There are more than 16,000 homeless families in Los Angeles County alone. Here’s why that’s happening.

Cultural moments of 2016: from Black Lives Matter to Trump to the Latin Grammys

Culture writer Carolina Miranda on the three cultural moments that captivated her in 2016 - from the realm of politics and activism to the Latin Grammys.

Renowned OC arts school opens sister school in Duarte

The Orange County School of the Arts turns away over 2,000 applicants each year. To serve more young artists, they're opening a sister school in Duarte.

Teens move on after post election walk-outs

Esteban Torres High School students were among the hundreds who walked out of class after the election. They held an event this week to help students move forward.

CalArts gets $1M grant to expand programs in 'arts deserts'

With a $1 million grant from AmeriCorps, CalArts will add more community engagement and professional development for teachers to its Community Arts Partnership.

Keeping crayons out of the trash and into schools in need

Crayons in restaurants often go from table to trash. This group steps in to collect the lightly-used art supplies and get them to schools in need.

Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokno on Donald Trump

She talks about the punk rock collective's new record, which includes the protest song "Make America Great Again."

At an open mic for veterans, a chance to jam and bond

"This is the only place in town where you can come out and see the talent that’s in the veteran community here in Hollywood," says actor Michael Broderick.

The art of transformation at a Watts elementary school

Florence Griffith Joyner elementary, a struggling school in Watts, is hinging its improvement plan on a turbo-shot of the arts.

What does STEAM really look like in schools?

Resources for STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — are now plentiful in schools. But there are fewer guidelines on how to add the "A," or art, into the mix.

Ahead of first tour, Youth Orchestra LA turns on the drama

The L.A. Philharmonic’s youth orchestra is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a California tour. To prepare, the young musicians are practicing more than music.

New arts ed data highlights gaps in hopes of spurring change

More than 100,000 students attending California schools last year had no access to arts instruction, according to data released Thursday.

The 'Get Lit' school program helps young poets find a voice — and self-confidence

Get Lit started ten years ago as an effort to use poetry as a way to increase teen literacy — and it’s working.