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Senior Early Childhood Reporter
Priska Neely is KPCC’s Senior Early Childhood Reporter, covering issues facing children 0-5 and those who care for them.
She joined the station in 2015, as KPCC’s arts education reporter. Prior to that, 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.
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Stories by Priska Neely
For ideas on increasing diversity in arts, the L.A. County Arts Commission held a series of 12 town halls in neighborhoods all across the county.
Arts organizations are bringing more classes into juvenile detention centers and building a bridge to careers in the creative economy for formerly incarcerated youth.
Early results of a five-year study provide evidence that music training accelerates development of the auditory pathway, which could help with overall communication.
As L.A. County phases out the use of solitary confinement for minors, the arts are becoming a tool for reimagining those units and shifting the culture overall.
The program seeks to improve low-performing schools by infusing the arts into every aspect of instruction. Six more schools will join the ranks.
With $356,000 approved for the purchase of instruments earlier this year, the district hopes to increase access to schools like Huntington Park Elementary.
Santa Monica says it's committed to preserving Bergamot's art galleries. But as the metro opens there, gallerists fear a wave of development that could push them out.
City planners and public works officials heard plans from elementary and middle school students on ways to build a more water-friendly city.
For decades, an association of LAUSD elementary music teachers have taken salary reductions to fund scholarships for private lessons for exceptional students.
The play is called "Kaleidoscope" and it explores the rollercoaster that is junior high. The play is performed by high schoolers who consulted preteens to develop it.
A few years ago, Grand View Blvd. Elementary absorbed the special education center next door. The arts have played a key role in bringing the students together.
"The old paradigm of train hard, get an agent and wait for the phone to ring is long dead," said David Bridel. Actors need be trained to create their own content.
Remixing pop songs and performing skits about about HIV transmission, safe sex and consent, these teens deliver comprehensive sexual education to their peers.
At College Bridge Academy, where many students have experienced trauma, spoken word is helping students uplift others and process their own pain.
Madeline Czekaj, 15, will spend a week in New York at the world's largest student ballet competition. More than 1,000 dancers compete for prestigious scholarships.