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Arts for All Receives $674,200 for Teacher Professional Development in the Arts

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission has announced a Teacher Professional Development Grant Program made possible by gifts from The Boeing Company, W.M. Keck Founation and the Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation. Arts for All has received $674,200 to support customized teacher training in the arts in twelve Los Angeles County School Districts, to be announced in May 2012.

 

From Arts for All’s press release: Arts for All is now able to offer professional development in arts education customized to the needs of Los Angeles County school districts. The new Teacher Professional Development Grant Program is supported by a trio of gifts totaling $674,200. The Boeing Company contributed $270,000 and the W.M. Keck Foundation $250,000 to underwrite professional development in 11 school districts to be determined by competitive application. The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation’s gift of $154,200 is specifically for the Rosemead School District and includes the re-establishment of the district arts coordinator position in addition to professional development.

 

“The new grant program will advance school district goals for teaching and learning, and build the skills, knowledge and confidence of educators who provide arts instruction,” said L.A. County Arts Commission Director of Arts Education Ayanna Hudson. “Arts education in County schools is vital because creativity and the ability to imagine and innovate are critical skills in the 21st century workforce.”

Arts for All is reaching out to school districts in its network that have strategic plans for arts education to invite them to apply. Currently Arts for All, which seeks to restore all arts disciplines into the core curriculum for all Los Angeles County K-12 students, is working in 49 school districts reaching 560,465 students. Arts for All is partnering with the Los Angeles Basin California Arts Project to implement the grant program.

 

The 11 selected school districts will be announced in May 2012 and start receiving support through the program in summer 2012. The grant program is multi-year and includes individualized district support by the Los Angeles Basin California Arts Project to create professional development plans; a summer retreat for learning, networking and planning; collection and analysis of data on the current state of arts education in schools in the districts and funding to support teacher professional development. Complete information is at www.lacountyartsforall.org.

 

“Boeing is committed to inspiring students through innovative initiatives and education programs, and believes that well-qualified teachers are a key to student success,” said Sarah Murr, Community Investor, Boeing Corporate Citizenship. “This program will enable teachers to receive the training needed to deliver quality, standards-based arts education in the classroom. Students, in turn, will benefit from a well-developed arts education that teaches skills important for workforce development and prepares them for future challenges.”

 

“We wanted to help a school district meet a need,” said Carl Deutsch of The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation. “Rosemead needed teacher professional development. We’re looking forward to seeing the impact of this program on arts education in the district.”

 

About Boeing

 

The Boeing Company is the world’s leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft. With customers in more than 90 countries, Boeing is a leading global corporate citizen driving positive change in communities around the world though its community engagement and employee volunteers’ efforts. For more information, visit http://www.boeing.com.

 

About W. M. Keck Foundation

 

Based in Los Angeles, the W. M. Keck Foundation was established in 1954 by the late W. M. Keck, founder of the Superior Oil Company. The Foundation’s grant making is focused primarily on pioneering efforts in the areas of medical, science and engineering research. The Foundation also maintains an undergraduate education program that promotes distinctive learning and research experiences for students in the sciences and in the liberal arts, and a Southern California Grant Program that provides support for the Los Angeles community in the areas of arts and culture, civic and community services, early learning, pre-collegiate education, and health care. The local program places a special emphasis on children and youth from low-income families, special needs populations and safety-net services. For more information, please visit www.wmkeck.org.

 

About The Carl & Robert Deutsch Foundation

 

The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation is committed to enhancing the quality of life for underserved people in Southern California. Financial support is provided to organizations that strive for excellence and innovation through programming that directly impacts individuals and provides them with tools for self-sufficiency. The Foundation addresses societal needs by focusing on programs that reduce poverty and support responsible human development.

 

About Arts for All

 

Established by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Arts for All is the dynamic, County-wide collaboration working to create vibrant classrooms, schools, communities and economies through the restoration of all arts disciplines into the core curriculum for each of our 1.6 million public K-12 students. Visit www.lacountyartsforall.org to learn more.

 

About Los Angeles Basin California Arts Project

 

As one of the discipline-based regional centers of The California Arts Project, a California Subject Matter Project, the Los Angeles Basin California Arts Project’s central mission is to improve teaching and learning in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts and believes arts education is critical for every student’s preparation for success in the 21st Century. Armalyn De La O, Regional Director of the Los Angeles Basin California Arts Project, LAB CAP, leads this professional learning community and professional development network of Pre-K through University educators of the arts. Through its leadership and professional development programs for educators, LAB CAP is focused on teacher as teacher, teacher as learner, teacher as leader, and teacher as artist. As the regional professional development center for the visual and performing arts and career technical education arts, media, and entertainment, LAB CAP strives to ensure access for all students to a sequential, standards-based, comprehensive visual, performing, and career arts education. Visit www.tcap.net or http://csmp.ucop.edu/ to learn more about LAB CAP (www.labcap.ning.com), TCAP or the California Subject Matter Project.

 

About the Los Angeles County Arts Commission

 

LACACThe Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Laura Zucker, Executive Director, provides leadership in cultural services of all disciplines for the largest county in the United States, encompassing 88 municipalities. In addition to providing leadership and staffing to support the County-wide collaborative for arts education, Arts for All, the Arts Commission administers a grants program that funds more than 350 nonprofit arts organizations annually; oversees the County’s Civic Art Program for capital projects; funds the largest arts internship program in the country in conjunction with the Getty Foundation; programs the John Anson Ford Theatres and supports the Los Angeles County Cultural Calendar on ExperienceLA.com and SpacefinderLA.org, a site connecting artists and arts organizations. The Commission also produces free community programs, including the L.A. Holiday Celebration broadcast nationally, and a year-round music program that funds more than 70 free concerts each year in public sites. The 2011-12 President of the Arts Commission is Ollie Blanning. For more information please consult the Arts Commission online press kit: http://lacountyarts.org/page/pubnewspress.

 

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