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

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.

As grocery workers threaten strike, here’s why they’re worried

Unionized workers held a strike over ten years ago. But this time, the grocery chains have less market share, leaving both sides of the table with less bargaining power.

Sheriff patrol car hit by gunfire in Compton, suspect killed

A suspect was pronounced dead on the scene in the second of two deputy-involved shootings Thursday morning in Compton, according to the LASD Homicide Bureau.

Highland Park's bar boom not sitting well with some

Almost 20 businesses got licenses to sell alcohol in Highland Park in the past 3 years. Some residents worry that's too many.

How recycling center closures affect homeless collectors

Over 300 recycling centers have closed across the state in the past year. It's a bad sign for people who collect cans and bottles to supplement their income.

What change do you see in Boyle Heights?

Rents are rising in this immigrant community, where residents have long fought gentrification. Property is changing hands. New is replacing old. Tell us where you see it happening.

SoCal trauma centers: No surge in July 4th fireworks injuries

At least three Southern Californians suffered severe hand injuries, but several regional trauma centers saw just a handful of people hurt by fireworks.

After Ramadan, demand for dates outpaces supply

Many Muslims break the fast during Ramadan with dates. But months after the harvest season, most date growers are out of supply at this point.

How Pacific Palisades residents are fighting homelessness

Instead of waiting for city or county funds, residents of Pacific Palisades raised $125,000 themselves to hire outreach workers to get homeless off the streets.

LA City Attorney turns up heat on short-term rental hosts

Charges were filed against four landlords who allegedly converted their L.A. apartment buildings into vacation rentals, violating zoning rules or the Ellis Act.