Carla Javier

Arts Education Reporter

Contact Carla Javier

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

Montecito mudslides: Number of homes destroyed nearly doubles to 115

Seven people remain hospitalized a week after they were injured in mudslides that devastated the coastal town of Montecito, killing 20.

A photographer's odyssey to document streets named after MLK

Susan Berger spent a year taking photos of 33 streets named after the civil rights icon in 17 states and the District of Columbia, There are an estimated 900 such streets in the U.S.

50 years of devastating SoCal mudslides

The recent mudslides in Santa Barbara County are the latest in a long history of damaging Southern California mudslides.

SoCal storm triggers mudslides, killing at least 15 and destroying homes

There were also at least 25 injured, with thousands still under evacuation orders. In Burbank, the storm overflowed a storm basin Tuesday afternoon, sending mud flowing through.

There's more arts education in LA than you might expect, but not for everyone

While more arts ed is being offered to more students than many assumed, there's still work to be done to make sure access to that instruction is equitable.

How this 2018 Rose Parade band is making a difference

Santiago Sharks band members surprised the foster kids at Five Acres by performing for them then showering them with presents.

What does the future of virtual reality sound like?

The lessons learned in interactive sound design can be applied to augmented reality, theater, and even movie viewing on personal devices.

In this choir, every gender has a voice

"Music programs in schools and choir programs have always been considered safe spaces for anyone who is different, especially for LGBTQ students."

Creek Fire: 70 percent contained, all evacuations have been lifted

The Creek Fire, which started early Tuesday morning in the Sylmar area, is now at 15,619 acres. Most nearby roads have been reopened.

Skirball Fire reaches 50 percent containment as residents head home

The Skirball Fire in the Bel Air area held at 475 acres burned in a late Friday update, but jumped from 30 to 50 percent containment, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Dos and don'ts of going home and cleaning up after a wildfire

Even after evacuation orders are lifted, there are still precautions you should take to keep yourself safe.

Liberty Fire: All evacuations lifted

The fire, which started Thursday afternoon, is holding at 300 acres, and is now 60 percent contained. Murietta Fire & Rescue is currently creating a repopulation plan.

Skirball Fire: Some mandatory evacuations lifted

Officials said Thursday morning that cooperative wind conditions have helped keep the fire from growing. Winds ranging from 20 to 25 miles per hour are expected in the area.

Skirball Fire grows to 475 acres, 5 percent containment

At least 15 structures have been damaged or destroyed since the fire began early Wednesday morning. LAFD estimates that 46,000 people are being affected.

Creek Fire burns 11,337 acres in Sylmar, Lake View Terrace, Shadow Hills

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for areas of Sylmar, Lake View Terrace and Shadow Hills. The fire is 0 percent contained, officials said.