Carla Javier

Arts Education Reporter

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As a reporter on KPCC’s education team, Carla Javier covers Southern California arts education and community programs in music, dance, performing arts, and visual arts. Carla is a proud alum of KPCC’s internship program and Next Generation Radio. She has also reported and produced for Fusion, NPR, WLRN in Miami, WNYC and PRI’s The Takeaway, and APM’s Dinner Party Download.
Stories by Carla Javier

Local jazz students join Sister Cities of Los Angeles on trip to China

Young jazz musicians from Hamilton High recently traveled to China with Sister Cities of Los Angeles and China General Chamber of Commerce Los Angeles.  They went to represent LA - and, to play some music.

Staff return to Idyllwild Arts to clean up, prepare campus for school year

The Idyllwild Arts campus was threatened - and narrowly spared - by the Cranston Fire.

As Cranston Fire burns a nervous wait for Idyllwild Arts Academy — then some good news

As the Cranston Fire continues to burn in Riverside County, summer campers await word of when they can return to the Idyllwild Arts campus up among the San Jacinto Mountains. 

Facing possible life in prison, alleged Cranston Fire arsonist pleads not guilty

So far, prosecutors have charged McGlover with 15 counts of felony arson. His bail is now set at $3.5 million, with the next court date scheduled for Sept. 21.

The Los Angeles Master Chorale wants thousands of people around California to sing

The Los Angeles Master Chorale has a big performance coming up Saturday at Walt Disney Concert Hall, but there’s no need to be a quiet or polite audience member.

This iconic California license plate has a very creative history

It's not just a pretty picture. It means millions for the arts.

How a license plate helps fund arts education around California

As you drive around this summer, you may notice a license plate featuring a familiar view: palm trees and a sun lingering over a bright blue ocean. But what you might not realize is that pretty plate actually helps fund arts education grants around the state through the California Arts Council.

Head of LAUSD's Arts Education Branch talks equity, budget ahead of retirement

LAUSD’s Senior Executive Director of Arts Education Rory Pullens announced he is retiring. Today, July 6, is his official last day.

For these young musicians of color, fortissima means opportunity

In music, fortissimo means "very loudly." For a group of six young female musicians of color, fortissima means opportunity.

Advocates use parade to bring attention to fatal accidents on Foothill Boulevard

About 30 safety advocates took advantage of Sunland-Tujunga's Fourth of July parade to raise awareness about a string of 14 fatal accidents on Foothill Boulevard since 2016.

How to keep your pets safe this Fourth of July

Today’s Fourth of July holiday – and the days after –  are busy ones for local animal shelters and care centers. That's because this time of year can be difficult for pets and their owners.

Arts and arts education score big boosts in new state budget

The California Arts Council got $8.8 million, and arts education scored $44 million to be shared with health programs at schools. Both are one-time allocations.

There wasn't much art happening at this school, until one teacher opened an art studio

Sometimes it’s up to teachers to get creative to find time, space, and funds to bring students visual and performing arts themselves.

This young Los Angeles bassist is headed to Carnegie Hall

Twenty-two of the country’s best young jazz musicians are heading to New York for the first ever NYO Jazz program. LA's Anna Abondolo is one of them.

How a theater program for people with autism launched this young actor's career

"Everyone was so accepting of me," 16-year-old actor Coby Bird said. "I could sing more. I can be social more. They showed me it's okay to have autism"