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

Head of LAUSD's Arts Education Branch talks equity, budget ahead of retirement

LAUSD’s Senior Executive Director of Arts Education Rory Pullens announced he is retiring. Today, July 6, is his official last day.

For these young musicians of color, fortissima means opportunity

In music, fortissimo means "very loudly." For a group of six young female musicians of color, fortissima means opportunity.

Advocates use parade to bring attention to fatal accidents on Foothill Boulevard

About 30 safety advocates took advantage of Sunland-Tujunga's Fourth of July parade to raise awareness about a string of 14 fatal accidents on Foothill Boulevard since 2016.

How to keep your pets safe this Fourth of July

Today’s Fourth of July holiday – and the days after –  are busy ones for local animal shelters and care centers. That's because this time of year can be difficult for pets and their owners.

Arts and arts education score big boosts in new state budget

The California Arts Council got $8.8 million, and arts education scored $44 million to be shared with health programs at schools. Both are one-time allocations.

There wasn't much art happening at this school, until one teacher opened an art studio

Sometimes it’s up to teachers to get creative to find time, space, and funds to bring students visual and performing arts themselves.

This young Los Angeles bassist is headed to Carnegie Hall

Twenty-two of the country’s best young jazz musicians are heading to New York for the first ever NYO Jazz program. LA's Anna Abondolo is one of them.

How a theater program for people with autism launched this young actor's career

"Everyone was so accepting of me," 16-year-old actor Coby Bird said. "I could sing more. I can be social more. They showed me it's okay to have autism"

Grants supporting arts for system-involved youth get big funding boost

The state budget allowed for a $750,000 increase in grants given to arts programs that work with youth in the justice system.

How does a school focused on science integrate the arts?

STEM has been a buzzword in education for a while, but now, the big thing is STEAM education - adding an ‘A’ for arts. We visit one school that's making the shift.

Duchess of Sussex's coat of arms reflects her California roots

We asked the hosts of the Royally Obsessed podcast to explain what the different symbols represent from royal newlywed Meghan Markle's life.

LAUSD teachers union rallies in front of City Hall

If LAUSD and the union can't agree on the contract, union reps may call for a strike in the fall. Any walkout would follow teacher strikes in West Virginia and other states.

Blue ribbon commission won't get to see report on man charged with killing officer

The confidential report details the events that led to the Michael Mejia's release on probation. Critics have questioned why the gang member was back on the street.

LAPD report shows that arrests of homeless people are up

The data also showed an increase in the number of homeless people who were victims of crimes. That all comes as the homeless population in LA continues to grow.

This retirement community brings its residents together with music

There can be divisions between residents with dementia and those who live more independently. That's one reason why they get together every week for choir practice.