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

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.

Why Illustrator Rhode Montijo Still Visits His Art Teacher, 28 Years After High School

Rhode Montijo writes and illustrates children’s books, and he was a co-creator of the online animated series Happy Tree Friends.

Fort Moore Memorial in Downtown L.A. Is Fully Restored

The site includes a new time capsule to replace one unearthed by work crews that had been buried at the original dedication in 1958.

We reunited a musician with the high school teacher who introduced her to Patti Smith's music

When Solvej Schou  was a senior at LAUSD’s Hamilton High in the mid-1990s, she wrote poetry and played music in the quad.  

Artist Will 'Modify' LAUSD Mural After Months Of Discussion

The mural's backdrop of radiating red-orange and blue stripes drew criticism from neighbors who said it was reminiscent of the Japanese Imperial Army battle flag.

State Grant Brings Extra Arts Funding to School Districts

A one-time state grant provided $44 million to boost arts education and other programs for public school students. So how was the money spent?

South L.A. High School Gets a Mural Makeover

Shepard Fairey, Faith XLVII, Axel Void, and 1010 are among the artists who are creating new works at the campus of Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School

Artists: Share Your Stories Of Beloved Teachers

"You'll never stop being my teacher," Sanjay Patel told his former art instructor, Julie Tabler, when we reunited them at KPCC.

Celebrities give voice to scripts penned by teen girls

At a fundraiser, Kirby Howell-Bapiste, Keiko Agena, Wayne Brady, and Seth Rogen read works by participants in WriteGirl, a free program for aspiring teen writers.