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Stories by Priska Neely
Forty students from the LA Philharmonic's Youth Orchestra LA provided backup for Coldplay at the halftime show. Back at Disney Hall, they were treated like stars.
A big adjustment for a lot of kids new to the country is learning to speak English. At one school, the performing arts are helping students improve language skills.
The Board of Regents voted Thursday to formally establish the Herb Alpert School of Music. It’s the first free-standing music school in the UC system.
Even as she ascended to the district’s top ranks, new LAUSD superintendent Michelle King has stayed out of the spotlight. But her former colleagues give clues to her leadership style.
During a four-day workshop, LAUSD teachers learned techniques for using theatre, dance, music and visual art to support Common Core standards.
Students at Huntington Park Elementary School were inspired to create an orchestra. But the school didn't have instruments. Here's how they got them.
Members of the All City Honor Marching Band spent hours in the rain outside Dodger Stadium last week to build endurance for the 5.5. mile parade on New Years Day.
Kids with special needs often struggle to find a safe space for dance. Bonnie Schlachte teaches classical ballet to students with autism, cerebral palsy and more.
At Barton Elementary school, one of the most useful ways to help students cope after the nearby shooting was already a big part of its curriculum.
The goal of the "after-action review" was to give the community a chance to review the school district's response to crisis without judgment and determine what could be better.
Some schools offer classes that combine art and coding to reach a more diverse body of students.
The National Endowment for the Arts awarded 178 grants to projects that foster the creation and presentation of art, as well as community engagement.
Poet and professor Dana Gioia was appointed by the governor for a two-year term. He hopes to reach artists and students outside of the state's metropolitan areas.
Riding that wave, some L.A. Unified schools will host "Star Wars"-themed, anti-bullying assemblies next year. Some teachers already use the films as an engagement tool.
More than a million dollars in new funding for the arts went to schools based on enrollment and need.