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    At the Pantages Theatre, JOSHUA VELEZ, a senior at HARTS ACADEMY of Los Angeles, won the Jerry Herman High School Musical Theatre Award for the second year in a row! He sang "Santa Fe" from Newsies. He receives $1,000 and an all-expense paid trip to New York City to represent Los Angeles in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. 

    Joshua is a product of the LAUSD and attends HArts Academy,  a new arts pilot school in Harbor City housed on the campus of Narbonne High School. He plans to attend El Camino Junior College and possibly Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts.

    Humanitas Academy of Art and Technology on the Esteban Torres campus has an article in the Los Angeles Times:

    Dr. Melanie Andrews, elementary itinerant theatre teacher, has won the Video In the Classroom award from KLCS for her video: Shakespeare at Full Steam.

     membership 2013 eblast

     ASN's Awards program rewards and spotlights outstanding member arts schools and their administrators, teachers, alums, and community partners.
    ArTES Pilot High School Receives Arts Schools Network Award


    LOS ANGELES - On May 15, 2015, ArTES Pilot High School received the New and  Emerging School Award from the Arts Schools Network (ASN), the nation’s largest professional membership organization of specialized arts schools. This award is presented to a promising young school in its first three years of development.


    “Establishing a new school is always a challenge,” said Board Member Mónica Ratliff, who represents ArTES.  “Establishing a new school that puts forward a unique program is even more of a challenge.  Principal Lawler and his staff have done all that and more.  They have succeeded and shown that a new school focused on the arts can offer students a fine education and a strong graduation rate right from the start.  They, and the students who bring their creative enthusiasm to ArTES, deserve recognition for their achievement.” 


    Designed to recognize schools that exemplify solid planning and well-defined goals, this award is given to a new school that demonstrates promise as an emerging school of excellence.The award will be presented during the annual ASN Conference, October 21-23, 2015, in Seattle, Washington.


    ArTES was founded in 2011 by a team of dedicated teachers seeking the autonomy to open an innovative, model arts school in an underserved neighborhood of San Fernadino, CA. ArTes opened as a teacher-led Pilot school and was given broad autonomy to innovate and address the many issues surrounding education in struggling inner-city schools. 


    ArTES is the first school in the district to be both a pilot school and a magnet school.  It serves 500 students per year who learn not only to be artists, but to think like artists and to address the world's complexities using art and highly developed communication skills.  Sequenced arts courses engage students in exploration, and various partnerships and collaborations leverage the school's ability to offer an unparalleled arts education.


    Dedicated to excellence and leadership in arts education, Arts Schools Network, a non-profit professional organization founded in 1981, is a dynamic resource for arts schools leaders, innovative partners and members of arts education institutions.  Its mission is to provide leaders in arts schools with quality resources, support, and networking opportunities.  ASN has provided communications, programs, services, conferences and events to support these goals for over 30 years. Visit the website at www.artsschoolsnetwork.org to learn more.


    Inner City Shakespeare Receives National Recognition

    Read the article below:


    Huntington Park Honors Rene Rowland 

    I just wanted to share with you that this past Thursday Ms. Rene Rowland was recognized as Teacher of the Year by a Southeast Area Community Group spearheaded by Nestor Valencia, City Councilman and former Mayor of Bell.  She was the only Arts teacher honored.  Aside from the plaque, she was given a recognition from Senator Ricardo Lara for her achievements.  Both Nestor Valencia and the representative for Senator Lara were present at our Science Lab Grand Opening earlier in the year and were extremely impressed by Ms. Rowland.  

    This is an example of why our community and I want to make sure we have Ms. Rene Rowland for two days next school year.  Please make sure to contact me if you have any questions regarding my request or this great accomplishment by our school and music teacher.

    Tony Amparan

    Elementary School Principal

    Huntington Park Elementary School

    ArTES Magnet Receives Prestigious Gold Ribbon School Award

    Los Angeles/May 5, 2015: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced the schools that have been honored under the state's prestigious Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program, and ArTES Magnet in San Fernando received both the Gold Ribbon Award and the Title I Academic Achieving Schools award. This additional recognition is given only to schools receiving federal Title I funds that assist in meeting the educational needs of students living at or below the poverty line. ArTES is one of only ten schools in LAUSD to receive these honors.

    "These schools are academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching," Torlakson said. "They provide great examples of the things educators are doing right—embracing rigorous academic standards, providing excellence and creativity in teaching, and creating a positive school climate."

    Schools applied for the award based on a model program their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies. ArTES presented its innovative use of arts-integrated instruction, in which teachers team up with artists to deliver core content matter in project-based arts lessons. ArTES partners with teaching artists from both Urban Arts Partnership in New York, and the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in nearby Valencia.

    The Gold Ribbon awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. These include, the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.

    About ArTES Magnet

    ArTES (the Art – Theatre – Entertainment School) was founded by a team of dedicated teachers seeking the autonomy to open an innovative, model arts school. In 2011, ArTES opened as a teacher-led Pilot school, and in 2014 also became a magnet school, open to anyone living in the district’s enrollment zone. The school serves 500 students who learn not only to be artists, but to think like artists, to see the world in all its shades of gray, and to address those complexities using art and highly developed communication skills. Sequenced arts courses engage students in deep exploration of their chosen pathway, and various partnerships and collaborations leverage our ability to offer an unparalleled arts education. Additionally, the arts are integrated into all areas of our curriculum, and as 21st century learners, our students know how to collaborate, communicate, think critically, and create art and meaning. An ArTES student is a lifelong learner who embodies multiple roles within the community and fulfills our motto as a “STUDENT – CITIZEN – ARTIST.”



    LAUSD schools that participated in the 28th Congressional District Art Competition

    LAUSD students who participated in the 28th Congressional District Art Competition



    Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA)

    Emma Scheinbaum


    Los Angeles High School of the Arts @ Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools

    Yorgelys Flores


    Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts

    Brooklyn Burns

    Molly Z. Kleinman

    Jannah Ustaris


    STEM Academy of Hollywood

    Norma Laureano

    Anthony Suruchlian

    Surapat Suwannarat


    UCLA Community School

    Ivie Acevedo


    Verdugo Hills High School

    Matthew Kruse


    Also, please note that

    Lesly Ordonez, an LAUSD student, participated through The Children’s Institute, Inc.



    Upcoming Exhibition:

    Harvard-Westlake Students
    Humanitas Academy of Art & Technology Students


    A Sense of Community:
    Exploring place through Documentary Photography

    Mende HW 2015 

      May 16 - June 20, 2015

     Opening Reception: May 16, 6 - 8 pm

    A Sense of Community: Exploring place through Documentary Photography

    A Collaborative Book and Gallery Exhibit Between Suburban Prep and Urban Public High Schools

    Photography students have joined forces to tell an important story about the tale of their two diametrically divergent communities. Students from the private prep school, Harvard-Westlake, are collaborating with students from the Humanitas Academy of Art and Technology (HAAT), a public high school in East LA, to make a 21st century, vibrant documentary portrait of where "we" live - covering a wide range of territory from wealthy suburbs to urban blue-collar and under-privileged neighborhoods.

    The project will culminate in a gallery exhibit and the publication of a hardcover book. This collaboration is being directed by Joe Medina, photography teacher at Harvard Westlake and Joan Dooley, photography teacher at the Humanitas Academy of Art and Technology (HAAT).

    The exhibit will open at the dnj Gallery at Bergamot Station (Santa Monica) on Saturday, May 16, 2015 and remain on view for a month.

    The project is inspired by a belief in the power of photography as an educational tool, and a desire to help people communicate the way they see their lives and their communities. The project also aims at encouraging students to respond to artistic challenges that will push their creative and technical boundaries.

     Last month, some of my more advanced students from Magnolia played in the orchestra for LA OPERA's production of NOAHS FLOOD.  We were the only public elementary school to participate.  We were introduced to the conductor as "the shortest members of the orchestra".  The kids worked very hard both during school and after school rehearsals, as well as a full week of night time rehearsals with the opera company.

    -David Howells, Instrumental Music Teacher



    Our Glee Club had their first, ever (in the 77 year history of Verdugo Hills HS), showchoir competition on Friday. They did a great job and I’m super proud of them. I played piano and directed. One of our singers won awards for best performance in our group and also overall for the entire division and our group got a standing ovation. I will post the video after the kids see it on Monday, but the photos are linked here.
    They are counting down the days (literally) from now until their concert tour to San Francisco in a few weeks, the first choir trip for the school and the first kind of major trip many of these kids have taken. They are performing 3 concerts at three different high schools (including a competitive festival) all based around personal contacts of mine, going on a college tour, and doing some sight-seeing in San Francisco. I am accompanying and directing two of the 3 groups going. They are extremely excited!

    Young Oak Kim Academy music student to tour in Japan

    Congratulations to 8th grader Macy Arellanao, YOKA Music student  who
    auditioned and was selected to tour Japan with YOLA -Youth Orchestra of LA-
    over Spring break! Kudos to her stellar Music teacher Mr. Sequeira,
    Belmont HS graduate who has cultivated the music program of more than 200 students at YOKA-well done!



    36 LAUSD elementary music students have been selected by audition to receive a $300 scholarship for private study on their instrument.  These students come from 25 district elementary schools in all ESC areas and six School Board Districts.  They play violin, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and piano. 

    Except for the piano students, many of these scholarship winners received their instruction only from our LAUSD certificated itinerant elementary instrumental music teachers.  With these scholarships we want to encourage the talented music students who show excellence beyond the music classroom instruction.

    We honor all of our scholarship winners at our Open Meeting and Musicale where they are presented with an award certificate and reception.  The audience also has the opportunity to hear performances by selected scholarship recipients. It will be held Wednesday afternoon, April 15th at 4:00 at Wilshire Park Elementary School, 4063 Ingraham St., LA 90005

    For more information about LACESMA please go to our website http://www.lacesmamusiced.org/lacesmamusiced.org/Welcome.html


    Only two LAUSD schools were selected to receive the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation School Merit Award for 2015 – Hamilton High School's Academy of Music and East LA Performing Arts Magnet at Torres.
    More than 2000 schools across the country applied, and 120 were selected, based on the level of access, range and quality of music education provided both during the school day and after school, as determined by a survey and NAMM's national advisory board review.



    Three LAUSD students won the August Wilson Monologue competition  held at the Mark Taper Forum on Monday, March 2. There were 12 finalists from districts throughout southern California, but LAUSD students were the three chosen by the judges to represent Center Theatre Group at the national competition in New York City. Winning students are Shalia Essley from Los Angeles High School for the Arts at RFK and Patrick Bucknor and Wayne Mackins-Harris from Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts.

    On March 2, twelve high school students – Center Theatre Group's August Wilson Monologue Competition Los Angeles Regional Finalists – took the Mark Taper Forum stage to honor the legacy of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson. Thank you to those who were able to attend!

    Please join us in congratulating all of our regional finalists on our Facebook page for a fantastic evening of performances and enjoy this video recap of the night!

    Over one-hundred and fifty students began their journey at the preliminary auditions this past fall and three, Shaila Essley, (center; 1st place; age 15; sophomore), Philip Patrick Bucknor (left; 2nd place; age 17; senior) and Wayne R. Mackins-Harris (right; 3rd place; age 17; senior), have been selected to represent Los Angeles in the national finals at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway in New York this May.


    Article about John Burroughs Middle School music program:
    A view into the photography program at Humanitas Academy of Art and Technology - Framework - Photos and Video - Visual Storytelling from the Los Angeles Times
    More than 100 portraits of Humanitas Academy of Art and Technology (HAAT) students and their photographs will be featured on a 1,000-foot-long fence covering the construction of the Huntington Library's Education and Visitor Center. HAAT is in East Los Angeles and is a public high school with an..

     Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts

    The title of the school's recent exhibit "Going for Gold" refers to our recent participation efforts in the prestigious National Scholastic Art competition in which our Grand Arts students won a total of 169 awards (38 Gold Key Awards).  This performance was unequaled by any school, public or private, in the Western United States.  The closest schools were Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) with 100 awards, Palo Alto HS with 95 awards, Waterford School Utah with 92 awards and the Marlborough School with 88 awards. 

    LAUSD STUDENTS at Grammy Event with Country Star

    KCAL-LA 2/4/2015 10:19:10 PM


    Valley Academy of Arts & Sciences (VAAS) Wins $2,000 Vans Custom Culture Grant to Support Arts Education

    Granada Hills, CA January 20, 2015 – VAAS today announced it is one of ten schools that has been awarded a $2,000 Vans Custom Culture Grant sponsored by Vans and  Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. Chosen from a nationwide pool, VAAS will use the funds for Astronomy, Physics, and Visual Art students to work with researchers at JPL and NASA to gain insight into new developments in space. They will use the research to produce a mural that illustrates the future of space exploration and space imaging.

     “We at the Valley Academy of Arts & Sciences are both thrilled and grateful for the opportunity this grant money will provide our students. We believe that arts-integration is the key to student academic success and look forward to building an even stronger arts program at the school. Thank you so much for supporting the vision of our school.” said Kelly Hanock, VAAS Principal.

     Vans and Americans for the Arts envision a country where every child has access to—and takes part in – high quality learning experiences in the arts, both in school and in the community. As such, the two organizations partnered to create the Custom Culture Grant to promote awareness and support arts education in public schools at a time when budget cuts threaten arts education programs across the country.  The VANS Custom Culture Grants are also intended to encourage the inclusion of the arts as an integral component of an excellent education, and to support activities that are consistent with local and national learning standards for arts education.

    “Research shows that students who study the arts outperform their peers who do not. In addition, study of the arts also teaches discipline, creative thinking, problem-solving and communications skills—all of which are essential for today’s youth to succeed in the 21st Century workforce,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. VAAS demonstrated through their competitive application for this grant that they are not only committed to providing their students with a well-rounded education, but also to growing and improving their arts education programs. These funds will help support that growth.”

    “Congratulations to the students and teachers at VAAS said Doug Palladini, Vans Vice President General Manager of the Americas.” In a time when schools are faced with shrinking budgets, art education is an often overlooked discipline. Supporting creative expression through art and design is very important to all of us at Vans and the Custom Culture Grant program should inspire young art students and draw attention to the importance of high school art programs nationwide."


    Teacher Receives Kennedy Center Award

    Evelyn Seubert, teacher at Cleveland High School's Media Academy, is one of 13 educators in the nation chosen as a recipient of the  Kennedy Center-Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award.  
    She was nominated by a former student: Quyen Nguyen Le.   
    Just five years after graduating from Cleveland Charter High School, Quyen has graduated from USC with BAs in Comparative Literature; Philosophy, Politics and Law; with a  minor in cinematic arts.  She currently is studying Contemporary Latin American Politics in Chile.  She beat out about 800 other people to be one of eight directors for a James Franco anthology production that will hit theatres this year; she was an intern on the documentary The Hunting Grounds and worked for Focus Features for four years.  She just completed her own documentary about second generation Vietnamese who do not fit typical gender roles.  Quyen was one of our TIME members and Summit delegates, who credits our international program with giving her a “passion for learning about the world.” 
    You can check out what was said at: