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

'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.

Youth theater company puts politics on stage

When the Wallis Youth Theater Company convened last fall, they couldn't stop talking about the election. Their new play puts the political climate onto the stage.

Sundance 2017: The festival is decidedly political this year

Frame host John Horn shares updates from Park City, Utah, where the 2017 Sundance Film Festival is underway, with a focus on activism — both political and environmental.

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.