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

Orange County School Of The Arts Appeals Charter Renewal Amid Tensions With District

The arts charter is turning to the Orange County Board of Education for help after the Santa Ana Unified School District issued a critical report on school policies.

Local Charities Process Year-End Rush Of Donations

Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and others got a flood of contributions from people seeking to get under the wire before the Dec. 31 tax contribution deadline.

Rancho Verde Crimson Regiment Marches Into The New Year – And The Rose Parade

Bands from around the country and around the world apply for the chance to perform in the world-famous Rose Parade.

SuperShuttle Is Driving Out Of LAX — For Good

Passengers who attempt to book rides out of LAX for any date after Dec. 31 using the SuperShuttle app are informed that there are no rides available.

SAUSD Renews OCSA Charter - With Conditions

Santa Ana school board says the charter renewal for the Orange County School of the Arts is contingent on changes to admissions policies.

Meet The Speech Teacher Who Inspired Gabriel Iglesias

Before he earned stardom with his Netflix show, films, and stand-up comedy, Iglesias was a student in June Garner's speech class at Wilson High in Long Beach.

Music Center Stages 41st Annual Very Special Arts Festival

Thousands of young artists and performers took part in the annual event that showcases the talents of students of all abilities.

Juvenile Hall Murals Give Youth A Space For Expression

An arts program at Central Juvenile Hall in Boyle Heights is helping incarcerated teens learn to connect and collaborate. Three new murals were recently unveiled.

Child Care Workers Have Been Fighting For The Right To Bargain For Years. They May Be About To Get It

California legislature has passed a bill that, if signed into law, would allow some child care workers who serve low-income kids the ability to collectively bargain.

How AB 5 could affect artists who teach in schools

The California Senate has passed AB 5, which will make it harder for companies to classify workers as "independent contractors." 

Music Center Plaza Reopens After $41 Million Makeover

The renovation project brings public restrooms, eateries, and more accessible stairs and escalators to the Music Center's plaza in downtown Los Angeles.

Music, prayers, and calls to action: Scenes from the Pasadena #ElPasoFirme vigil

Over 40 vigils are being held this week – around Los Angeles and in cities across the country – in memory of the 22 people killed in the El Paso shooting last weekend. The vast majority of the victims were Latino.

Why Illustrator Rhode Montijo Still Visits His Art Teacher, 28 Years After High School

Rhode Montijo writes and illustrates children’s books, and he was a co-creator of the online animated series Happy Tree Friends.

Fort Moore Memorial in Downtown L.A. Is Fully Restored

The site includes a new time capsule to replace one unearthed by work crews that had been buried at the original dedication in 1958.

We reunited a musician with the high school teacher who introduced her to Patti Smith's music

When Solvej Schou  was a senior at LAUSD’s Hamilton High in the mid-1990s, she wrote poetry and played music in the quad.