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Inner-City Arts Touted as Transformative Experience for Underprivileged Youth

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Aug 12, 2015

With arts education programs being rolled back across the country, Inner-City Arts (Los Angeles, CA) is being recognized as a “trailblazing organization…dedicated to shifting the way society respects, understands, and appreciates art as a world changing tool.”

The article, published in the Huffington Post, examines the lack of art education resources in Los Angeles and the role of Inner-City Arts in providing local youth with an outlet for creative expression. At the organizations recent Summer on Seventh event – which included performances by The Internet and Cut Chemist as well as art installations and curated exhibits – donors contributed over $250,000 to support Inner-City Arts’ programming.

"I cannot imagine what it's like for families who don't receive adequate arts education through their schools, and that's why Inner-City Arts is so vital," said Sherine Badawi Walton, deputy director at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. "The arts are integral to a child's development, and taking those classes away robs children of the opportunity to grow fully."

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About Inner-City Arts

Inner-City Arts’ mission is to use arts education to positively affect the lives of inner-city children, improving their chances to lead productive and successful lives by developing creativity, improving learning skills and building self-confidence. Founded in 1989, Inner-City Arts is a learning oasis in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles where students tap into their creative potential and explore their imagination. Inner-City Arts offers free art instruction in a supportive, studio environment under the guidance of professional teaching artists in a variety of art forms: music, drama, dance, visual arts, ceramics, animation, graphic design, filmmaking, media arts, and theater, among others. Core services include studio sessions during the instructional day for grade K-6 students, afterschool and weekend workshops for teens and creativity-based professional development training for educators. Other program offerings include a five week Summer Creativity Camp and the state-of-the-art Rosenthal Theater, a dynamic exhibition space both for Inner-City Arts students and local community arts groups. Inner-City Arts’ programs improve academic achievement, creative expression and the acquisition of English language skills for thousands of underserved youth each year.

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