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

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.

LA celebrates the life of Nipsey Hussle: Scenes from the day

Tens of thousands of fans and friends celebrated the life of the slain rapper at a memorial service at Staples Center and on the streets of Los Angeles.

Loan Relief Available for Art Institute Students

Federal student loans will be cancelled automatically, but only for the current term. Students can apply for additional loan relief.

Students raise their voices to remember historic East LA walkouts

In March of 1968, students from five high schools in East L.A. walked out of their classrooms to protest the unequal education they were receiving. This weekend, students from Van Nuys High School will portray that historical event in an oratorio they wrote with artists from the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

California Humanities grant payments for artists remain suspended until federal funds flow

The shutdown is over and the federal government is open, but not everything is back to normal.

What does a new governor mean for arts education in California?

An advocate for arts education explains what he hopes newly inaugurated Gov. Gavin Newsom will do when it comes to the future of arts in California schools. 

What it's like on tour with California's road tripping poet laureate Dana Gioia

California-born poet Dana Gioia has wrapped up his time as the state's poet laureate. During his two-year term, which ended in October, he made it his goal to visit all 58 counties in the state.