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

Measure QS: Burbank voters consider a parcel tax to help fund public schools

A measure on Tuesday’s ballot in Burbank would increase funding for the city’s schools. Measure QS would create a parcel tax to help pay for things that are at risk of cuts, from arts ed to teacher professional development.

Take a tour of a new arts academy for students struggling in school

There already are schools around Los Angeles to help kids who didn’t make it in the traditional high school system. A new one opening in South L.A. offers something a little different.

Report shows black LAUSD students disproportionately arrested, cited, and diverted by school police

One-quarter of L.A. School Police arrests, citations, and diversions involved black students, even though African-Americans make up less than 10 percent of all LAUSD students, according to a new report out of UCLA's Bunche Center for African American Studies' Million Dollar Hoods project.

45 arrested in Riverside County anti-gang operation

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra joined Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin and local police to announce 45 arrests as part of Operation Eastbound and Down. The raids were part of an effort to combat gang violence.

Scientists gather in Glendale to debate where the Mars 2020 Rover should land

The gathering was the culmination of a years-long process that whittled down a much longer list.

Hundreds in Venice discuss proposed Bridge shelter with LA mayor, city councilman, LAPD

Hundreds in Venice packed into Westminster Elementary’s auditorium, while others watched from a designated overflow area, for a town hall on a proposed temporary homeless shelter - part of Mayor Eric Garcetti's "A Bridge Home" initiative.

Youth from Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood write songs about experiences with bullying

The Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood teamed up with music industry professionals to help students write about their experiences of being bullied. The result? a two-track EP.

LA violinist named MacArthur "genius" fellow

The 2018 MacArthur Fellows were announced today. Out of the 25 newly named geniuses, three of them are based in Los Angeles.

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.