Carla Javier

Arts Education Reporter

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Exposure to the arts can open doors to a creative life, but not everyone has the same opportunities to be creative -- even though California state law requires access to arts education. I explore what’s being done to address the disparity and who does and doesn't get to learn about and make art.

Stories by Carla Javier

What Could Schools Look Like When They Reopen? Here's What LA County Education Officials Say

A task force released a framework Wednesday with guidelines for the county's 80 school districts as they plan for when, how — and maybe whether — to reopen school campuses.

Facing The Music: KPCC/LAist Investigation Explores The Uncertain Future of an OC Performing Arts School

A nearly 20-year relationship gone sour. Finger-pointing over who's at fault. Hurt feelings and high emotions all around. Lawyers, of course. And children — lots of them — caught in the middle of the potential split.

Facing the Music: The Uncertain Future of the Orange County School of the Arts

A standoff with the Santa Ana school district could bring down the curtain on one of Southern California's most popular — yet highly controversial — charter schools.

Orange County School Of The Arts Appeals Charter Renewal Amid Tensions With District

The arts charter is turning to the Orange County Board of Education for help after the Santa Ana Unified School District issued a critical report on school policies.

Local Charities Process Year-End Rush Of Donations

Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and others got a flood of contributions from people seeking to get under the wire before the Dec. 31 tax contribution deadline.

Rancho Verde Crimson Regiment Marches Into The New Year – And The Rose Parade

Bands from around the country and around the world apply for the chance to perform in the world-famous Rose Parade.

SuperShuttle Is Driving Out Of LAX — For Good

Passengers who attempt to book rides out of LAX for any date after Dec. 31 using the SuperShuttle app are informed that there are no rides available.

SAUSD Renews OCSA Charter - With Conditions

Santa Ana school board says the charter renewal for the Orange County School of the Arts is contingent on changes to admissions policies.

Meet The Speech Teacher Who Inspired Gabriel Iglesias

Before he earned stardom with his Netflix show, films, and stand-up comedy, Iglesias was a student in June Garner's speech class at Wilson High in Long Beach.

Music Center Stages 41st Annual Very Special Arts Festival

Thousands of young artists and performers took part in the annual event that showcases the talents of students of all abilities.

Juvenile Hall Murals Give Youth A Space For Expression

An arts program at Central Juvenile Hall in Boyle Heights is helping incarcerated teens learn to connect and collaborate. Three new murals were recently unveiled.

Child Care Workers Have Been Fighting For The Right To Bargain For Years. They May Be About To Get It

California legislature has passed a bill that, if signed into law, would allow some child care workers who serve low-income kids the ability to collectively bargain.

How AB 5 could affect artists who teach in schools

The California Senate has passed AB 5, which will make it harder for companies to classify workers as "independent contractors." 

Music Center Plaza Reopens After $41 Million Makeover

The renovation project brings public restrooms, eateries, and more accessible stairs and escalators to the Music Center's plaza in downtown Los Angeles.

Music, prayers, and calls to action: Scenes from the Pasadena #ElPasoFirme vigil

Over 40 vigils are being held this week – around Los Angeles and in cities across the country – in memory of the 22 people killed in the El Paso shooting last weekend. The vast majority of the victims were Latino.