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Arts Education Reporter
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
The district budgeted $31.52 million for the arts this year, but arts education administrators say even that isn't enough. So, they're hosting a concert.
While many arts ed advocates want to take advantage of the state budget surplus, others are concerned about the bill’s language surrounding who would teach the arts.
"It's showing some forward progress," explained Pat Wayne, program director at Create CA. "Not of course what we'd hope it would be, but we're going in the right direction."
Organizers have called for demonstrations to last 17 minutes to honor the 17 killed last month. Students are taking up the call in nearly 3,000 protests nationwide.
The world-renowned cellist visited the school as part a program to celebrate "undiscovered, unexpected, or everyday communities" with a strong commitment to the arts.
"We're learning about the walkouts ..." one student said. "That's why we're here in school, being treated fairly and we know about our cultures today."
The latest plan to turn the school around is now in its 10th year and, despite obvious improvements, skeptics say it still fails too many kids.
With the help of teaching artists, the eleventh graders wrote 10 minute musicals about everything from the Roaring Twenties to the Civil Rights Movement.
"You have two ... convicted convicts, and you have two guys acting," a participant said. "At the end, I want you to look at all four of us like we're the same."
Thomas Fire Help has been carrying critical workers, like those in medicine, to their jobs. "We didn't sit around and say 'We're going to start an airline,'" said one volunteer. But that's sort of what happened.
Clearing debris basins is a priority because, if there's another heavy winter storm, officials and experts think another mudslide could happen.
Seven people remain hospitalized a week after they were injured in mudslides that devastated the coastal town of Montecito, killing 20.
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.
The recent mudslides in Santa Barbara County are the latest in a long history of damaging Southern California mudslides.
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.