Urban Arts Partnership Los Angeles

Los Angeles Partnerships

UAP wins Prestigious Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant

This $3M award from the USDOE will support a 5-year scale up of our Story Studio program, supporting 15,000 English language learners in NYC and Los Angeles by advancing their literacy achievement through the arts. UAP is one of only 21 organizations across the country to receive this  grant, and the only organization focused on arts education. Matching funds for this scale up are provided by The Wallace Foundation & The New York Community Trust.

The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education

Last fall The LA Fund invited Urban Arts to be a pilot partner in its #Arts Matter project.  We were honored to be one of only four such partnerships the Fund formed with the leading arts organizations of Los Angeles. The campaign is creating a new paradigm for arts instruction by developing the tools and support to teach the arts together with traditional core subjects like math and English. Through “arts integration,” students will start accessing the new national Common Core curriculum through the lens of music, visual arts, dance and theater. This powerful method of instruction helps students engage deeper, retain more and become the creative problem solvers the new global economy demands.

Resources from The LA Fund provide Urban Arts Partnership the opportunity to implement multi-year arts integration programs in K through 12 classrooms.  Together we are spearheading the creation of new teaching tools and professional development techniques to support the Los Angeles Unified School District in its mission of including the arts in core content area. Today, only 2% of instructional time for elementary students in Los Angeles is devoted to the arts. By demonstrating results in the nation’s second largest school system, our work with The LA Fund has the power to create a national dialogue that could truly transform education.

Program Highlights

Teresa Hughes Silent Films

Each fall, students at Teresa Hughes Elementary School in Los Angeles write, design, shoot and edit short films within just 10 weeks. Take a look at one example below!

The Levi Project

Conceived of and created by students, The Levi Project documents arts integration at Urban Arts Partnership’s flagship LA partner school, ArTES. Levi Ponce is a teaching artist who lives and works in the San Fernando Valley community, through Urban Arts Partnership he was able to work with ArTES high school. His projects include integrations in algebra and murals, sculpture and global history and visual arts and biology. See The Levi Project here:

Partner Schools