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

How a teacher uses Día de los Muertos to help students heal

At one El Monte alternative school, teacher Learsi Martinez creates a learning environment where students who have lost loved ones can share their experiences.

Pasadena Unified brings theater and dance to district's youngest learners

Administrators hope learning and practicing the arts will help the TK-1 students with oral language and social-emotional development.

VR, graffiti yards and other new ideas for art class

Educators, administrators, artists and more are working to test new approaches to making arts instruction accessible to all students in L.A. County.

Duarte Unified teams up for a district-wide dance craze

The public school district is offering dance workshops through a unique partnership with a local charter school, California School of the Arts-San Gabriel Valley.

Students get hands-on training for technical theater jobs

It takes more than just a star to put on a show: there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work, too. One program teaches students the skills to get technical work in the entertainment industry.

Local school districts to review policies for outsiders who work with students

Local school districts – including LAUSD and Saugus Union in Santa Clarita – are reviewing policies for non-district individuals who work with students after a music specialist allegedly contaminated PVC flutes that were given to school children.

LAPD declares no shooting at USC, clarifying initial reports

Los Angeles Police Department officers responded to reports of a shooting at the University of Southern California quickly declared that no such incident had occurred.

Art and justice reform advocates visit Campus Kilpatrick

Over 120 artists and advocates from around the country gathered in Pasadena for the Create Justice forum. Their goal was to develop a national plan for juvenile justice reform.

Taking Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA out of the museum and into schools

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is taking over museums and galleries across Southern California, but visiting those venues isn't the only opportunity for students to interact with its content.

An end of an era for mission-building projects at LA schools

A new framework for teaching history and social science is encouraging California teachers to ditch the long-time tradition of building miniature missions in fourth grade.

Young artists learn to manage the stresses of performing

The Spotlight Academy, which is in its sixth year, is geared towards giving both students and their parents practical lessons in pursuing schooling and careers in the arts.

Why fourth graders might not build missions this year

“Building missions from sugar cubes or popsicle sticks does not help students understand the period and is offensive to many,” a new framework reads.

The documentary 'Equal Means Equal' explores gender inequality in America

Filmmaker Kamala Lopez spent seven years working on the film, which examines the various consequences of the U.S. Constitution's omission of explicit rights for women.

How Viacom's power struggle trickled down to Paramount Pictures

The parent company's woes have taken a toll at the studio. Its latest release, "Ben-Hur," cost $100 million to make, but only brought in $11.4 million on its opening weekend.

Stalled Sunset Junction project looking for community support

It's been four years since a developer first proposed putting in three new retail-residential buildings near Sunset Junction. The height of the buildings remains a community roadblock.