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Where to Find an Arts Experience Near You

Children and youth engage in arts education throughout Los Angeles County.
Children and youth engage in arts education throughout Los Angeles County.
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President of the California Institute of the Arts, Ravi Rajan put it succinctly when he said, "art is a fundamental human need." It is the vehicle in which students can express, feel, relate, learn and process — all of which contribute to the well-being and success of an individual. Unfortunately, there are a lot of barriers to students having access to arts education, especially in California where less than 40% of students are enrolled in any sort of arts class.

As schools provide less opportunity for students to experience the arts in the classroom, this creates a need for students to find the benefits of the arts elsewhere. This resource serves as a guide to available arts education programs in all 78 school districts in Los Angeles County. While it is not a complete or comprehensive list, it provides a number of affordable community programs, non-profit organizations and dance, art, culture, theater and music courses open for students to participate in. Click on this link to find an arts experience for you and your family!

The goal of this resource is to provide families with a collection of easily accessible arts education in their area. Follow this link to find an arts experience near you.

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A colorful illustration of De Leon. He is wearing a Filipino traditional barong and is holding a stringed instrument. Around him are sampaguita flowers, the country's national flower.

This Master Rondalla Musician is Preserving the Sounds of Philippine Culture in L.A.

Tagumpay Mendoza De Leon is a master teacher and performer of rondalla, a traditional Spanish-influenced form of music from the Philippines. De Leon, a 2021 NEA National Heritage Fellow, has spent his decades-long career promoting and preserving Philippine culture through the tradition of rondalla.
Kennedy Verrett sits on top of a large rock against larger rock formations as he plays the didjeridu, placing the mouthpiece against his lips and holding up the didjeridu to be perpendicular to himself.

SoundCheckEarth: A Desert Symphony at Joshua Tree

Music educator and composer Kennedy Verrett joins forces with 17 musicians and the sounds of the desert for SoundCheckEarth, a site-specific immersive acoustic concert held at Joshua Tree National Park.
DJ Loser, who is wearing a black t-shirt with a star design printed on the front and a black snapback hat with "Funk Freaks" embroidered across the front stands in front of a DJ deck with his hands on one of the turntables. Behind him, Luer stands and looks on at the crowd in front of them, out of frame. There are other men on either side of DJ Loser and Luer.

No Faking the Funk: Orange County's Funk Freaks Keeps it Real

Funk Freaks, a DJ collective and record shop based out of Santa Ana, brings together DJs, crate diggers and funk enthusiasts in Orange County and across the globe.