Presented at The Herb Alpert Educational Village
September 10th, 2016 | 4pm to 6:30pm
The Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School
3131 Olympic Blvd. | Santa Monica, CA 90404
In 1991, Dr. Paul Cummins, visionary educator, author, and founder of Crossroads School for the Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica, was on his way to the kitchen during a potluck dinner and literally bumped into a man that he had never met but looked quite familiar — famed musician Herb Alpert. They began a conversation, which has become P.S. ARTS folklore: Paul decried the lack of arts education at local schools he had recently visited. Herb’s response was, “You mean the arts are just gone from these public schools? What if I gave you a grant?” And thus, the program that would eventually be known as P.S. ARTS was piloted at Broadway Elementary School. Over the last two and a half decades, P.S. ARTS has grown from a grassroots organization serving 250 students to a nationally recognized and award-winning nonprofit serving 25,000 students every week in Los Angeles County and California’s Central Valley. The Herb Alpert Foundation continues to be a sustaining partner of P.S. ARTS’ programs.