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

One teacher's dance revolution at Fontana Unified

The question that's guided Nicole Robinson's 21 years as a teacher at Fontana A.B. Miller High School: "How can give them more?"

Hooray for Hollywood’s hand-me-downs: LAUSD taps industry resources

The Creative Industry Coalition is building up partnerships with studios and production companies to provide classroom visits and equipment donations to schools.

A declaration for a student's right to arts education

Create CA, a state arts education group, has developed a "Declaration of the Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning." It hopes school districts will adopt it.

National arts education report card shows little improvement

Eighth graders across the country were quizzed in 2016 on their knowledge and skills in visual arts and music. Just like in 2008, the results weren't great.

Harnessing the power of spreadsheets to expand arts access

Local government arts agencies are holding an Arts Datathon aimed at cultivating ideas for increasing access to the arts in L.A. County.

CalArts holds a friendlier 'Shark Tank'-style contest for artists

This one wasn't as cut-throat as the TV show on ABC, so organizers jokingly referred to it as "Dolphin Pool," said career services director Rita Soultanian.

California graduation rates keep rising, achievement gap narrows

Tom Torlakson, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, announced today that 83.2 percent of students in the class of 2016 graduated – a record high.

At-risk teens work with pros to put Chicano history on stage

In continuation high schools, for teens at risk of dropping out, arts instruction is sparse. On Friday, a play made by and for these students opens in East L.A.

Another step forward for LA's arts diversity initiative

After a series of town halls and surveys, the board of supervisors passed 13-item plan for increasing diversity in arts institutions.

Merging mental health and creative expression

The Expressive Therapies Summit equips artists and mental health workers with new tools to help patients process trauma and grief.

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.