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

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.

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.