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

Why this professional artist enlisted the help of public school students

Teachers and students around Los Angeles are using the citywide art collaboration, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, in lessons and projects.

How hospital patients are finding healing in painting

It gives the patients chance to interact with nurses and volunteers — and to express their feelings.

The House and Senate hold the future of the educator expense deduction

The version of the plan passed by the House would eliminate the Educator Expense Deduction. The senate version, as proposed, would double it.

Listen to fifth graders sing their songs about the future

Robots, floating houses, and rocket shoes: These are just some of the things the fifth graders at Huntington Park Elementary imagine will exist in the future.

Why these students made collages to better understand history

The students didn't write essays to show what they learned. Instead, they created art that expressed how they felt. Now, they're sharing it with the public.

Artist leads 200 students in painting masterclass

Olga Sinclair taught a painting class for 200 students — in the middle of a downtown Los Angeles street.

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.