The 2018 heART Award: Johnson Hartig of Libertine

on April 10, 2018

The P.S. ARTS heART Award

We are so excited to announce that Johnson Hartig of Libertine is the recipient of the 2018 P.S. ARTS heART Award!

The P.S. ARTS heART Award recognizes and celebrates those who are committed to the transformative power of the arts. We will be presenting him with the award, which contains 1000 individually folded origami hearts ? from the students, staff, and faculty of P.S. ARTS at The pARTy! on May 4. Get your tickets now!

“It has been incredibly rewarding to partner with P.S. ARTS. As a student, I found drawing and designing clothing to be so freeing. But it also takes an insane amount of creativity and courage to put your designs out into the world. I believe that starting with a high-quality arts education, we’re giving students the tools to capture that creativity and the guts to share it. Our future will be so much more colorful as a result.”

Johnson Hartig of Libertine with P.S. ARTS students

We’re excited to celebrate P.S. ARTS and Johnson Hartig at The pARTY! See the full press release here.

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P.S. ARTS Receives a $25,000 Grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation

on March 5, 2018
For Immediate Release

Funding to support award-winning arts education programs in the Lawndale Elementary School District

P.S. ARTS has received a $25,000 grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation. The grant helps to support weekly, in-school instruction, related Teaching Artist training, and community arts experiences during the school year for six schools in the Lawndale Elementary School District (LESD).

“The generosity of the S. Mark Taper Foundation is allowing us to continue to bring high-quality arts education to our future leaders,” said P.S. ARTS CEO, Dr. Kristen Paglia, “This grant ensures that, in no uncertain terms, the students and Teaching Artists in LESD will have the resources they need to learn, create, and thrive.”

“We are proud to support the exceptional work P.S. ARTS does in helping to provide arts education to students in Los Angeles and in creating a space for children and their families to practice art together,” said Adrienne Wittenberg, Executive Director of the S. Mark Taper Foundation.

P.S. ARTS’ programs in LESD serve just over 3,500 students; all schools are Title 1, meaning that at least 40% of the students live at or below the federal poverty level ($24,600/year for a family of four). For over 15 years, P.S. ARTS has provided a rigorous arts education program to the elementary schools in LESD.

With support from the S. Mark Taper Foundation and other generous donors, P.S. ARTS has grown from serving 285 students in one school to over 25,000 K-8th students in 59 schools throughout Southern and Central California.

About P.S. ARTS

P.S. ARTS’ mission is to improve the lives of children by providing arts education to underserved public schools and communities. P.S. ARTS partners with schools to provide more than 25,000 students with year-long art education in dance, visual arts, music, and theater. Because being part of a nurturing and productive community is essential to children’s well being, P.S. ARTS also seeks to provide professional development for teaching artists and community engagement opportunities to children and families that encourage collaboration, strong community spirit, and a culture of giving back. For more information, visit www.psarts.org.

Contact

For additional information and press inquiries, please email Stephanie McGrath at communications@psarts.org.

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SMMUSD School Board takes no action on proposed cuts to P.S. ARTS programs

on June 3, 2016

In response to a yesterday’s Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) School Board decision to work towards continued delivery of district-wide elementary arts education programs provided by P.S. ARTS despite funding challenges, P.S. ARTS CEO Dr. Kristen Paglia released the following statement:

“I am inspired by the SMMUSD School Board’s deep commitment to educational equity. I’d like to extend my personal thanks to the board members that opposed cuts to the arts programs in SMMUSD and to Board President Laurie Lieberman for encouraging the SMMUSD community to unite in finding another way to close the District’s funding gap. This is leadership at its very best. P.S. ARTS whole-heartedly agrees that every child in SMMUSD, and everywhere, deserves the best chance at a prosperous, fulfilling future. We are proud to be a part of ensuring educational equity in SMMUSD by providing every school with a rigorous arts program that fosters the creativity and humanity that students need in order to thrive in school and life.”

P.S. ARTS Program Manager Lora Cawelti adds:

“The P.S. ARTS faculty and I are continually inspired by the creativity and artistic bravery of the students in SMMUSD. It is a great pleasure to work in a district that values both the arts and the importance of equity and access for all students. We are so grateful for the hard work that SMMEF and parents contribute in order to keep arts programming in SMMUSD schools, and I look forward to another year of excellence in visual arts, theater, and music.”

For all media inquiries, please contact communincations@psarts.org.

Student Performance at Edison Language Academy (SMMUSD) directed by P.S. ARTS Theater Teaching Artist Martha Ramirez-Oropeza.

Student Performance at Edison Language Academy (SMMUSD) directed by P.S. ARTS Theater Teaching Artist Martha Ramirez-Oropeza.


Excerpt from Malibu Surfside News article by Alex Vejar

“The Santa Monica-Malibu School Board on Thursday, June 2, took no action on a suggestion that would make up for a potential Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation fundraising shortfall.

In an update to SMMEF’s fundraising goals for this fiscal year, Terry Deloria, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, told the Board that as of May 23, it was staring at a fundraising gap of almost $500,000. If the Board wanted to fully fund all the SMMEF programs, Deloria said, it would need to find a way to raise that amount.

But if for some reason that money could not be raised by June 30 — the end of the fiscal year — Deloria gave the Board three suggestions on how to close the fundraising gap: a $300,000 supplemental grant to offset the cost of instructional assistants, a reduction of P.S. ARTS programs from 30 weeks to 20 weeks, and a reallocation of any stretch grants carried over from 2016-17 into 2017-18 programs.

The Board agreed with the supplemental grant and the reallocation of stretch grants. But a few members were vehemently opposed to cutting P.S. ARTS, the nonprofit organization SMMEF contracts for art in all of the District’s elementary schools. Cutting the arts program would save about $200,000, according to Deloria’s presentation.

Board members Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein and Craig Foster, a Malibu resident, said they would not vote for that particular cut.

“I think that the value of the programs and the value of the future of centralized fundraising is far more important than $200,000,” Foster said.

Board president Laurie Lieberman suggested that the Board figure out another way to raise the $200,000 it would save by cutting the P.S. ARTS programs.”

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P.S. ARTS CEO Responds to Senator Ben Allen’s SB916 — the Theatre & Dance Act (TADA!)

on January 27, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Venice, CA (January 27, 2016) – This morning, Senator Ben Allen, Chair of the Joint Committee on the Arts, introduced Senate Bill 916 — the Theatre and Dance Act (TADA!) — to establish single-subject teaching credentials for Dance and Theatre in California.

In response to the the introduction of SB916, P.S. ARTS CEO Dr. Kristen Paglia released the following statement:

“I applaud the efforts of Senator Ben Allen, the Joint Committee on the Arts, and the arts advocates that have brought forth this much needed addition to California’s teacher credentialing system. Having studied Dance and Dance Education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, I know first-hand how difficult it can be to take this knowledge into the public school setting through the traditional credential pathway. In fact, the deficit of attention to the arts in California’s teacher training program is what deterred me and many of my colleagues from pursuing a credential, though nearly all of us went on to teach and hold leadership positions in independent schools and higher education. Organizations like P.S. ARTS and Inner-City Arts can make important contributions to the development of the Dance and Theatre credential programs and serve as powerful allies in providing pre-service training and ongoing professional development for arts teachers in California. I would be honored for the opportunity to lend the teacher training models and curriculum frameworks that P.S. ARTS has developed over 25 years of implementing dynamic, high-impact arts programs to the Dance and Theatre credentialing effort. Senator Ben Allen said it himself, “we’re giving Dance and Theatre a place at the credentialing table.” I don’t think I’d be overstepping to say that the community of arts education providers is happy for the endorsement of the arts in public education, and we’re at the ready to lend a hand.”

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P.S. ARTS CEO Dr. Kristen Paglia Optimistic About Passage of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

on December 11, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Venice, CA (December 11, 2015) — Yesterday, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which will replace No Child Left Behind and includes some promising possibilities for the expansion of arts-based learning in public school classrooms.

In response to the passage of ESSA, P.S. ARTS CEO Dr. Kristen Paglia released the following statement:

“We are optimistic about what the Every Student Succeeds Act will mean for the 25,000 children P.S. ARTS serves each week and for children in public schools across the country. By giving the states more control over assessing and meeting students’ needs and emphasizing the importance of the arts in a ‘well-rounded’ education, this law will help California set a new bar for quality in public education that includes developing students’ ability to be creative and collaborative. Community arts providers, like P.S. ARTS, have made significant inroads in designing scalable arts programs that promote skills and character traits vital to success in the 21st century. We are excited and at the ready to support our public school partners in building strong schools.”

For media inquiries, please contact Communications Associate Jacob Campbell at jacob.campbell@psarts.org

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25th Anniversary Endowment Challenge Brings P.S. ARTS Funding from Herb Alpert Foundation to $5 Million

on July 1, 2015

For Immediate Release

25th Anniversary Endowment Challenge Brings P.S. ARTS Funding from Herb Alpert Foundation to $5 Million

Santa Monica, CA (July 1, 2015) – The Herb Alpert Foundation announces a $1 million dollar matching challenge to establish an endowment for the Los Angeles-based arts education nonprofit, P.S. ARTS.

P.S. ARTS, the 2014 recipient of the Americans for the Arts National Arts Education award, has been providing arts education to children attending underserved public schools in California for 25 years.

Rona Sebastian, President of The Herb Alpert Foundation, remarks, “It is gratifying to see this unique program thriving in Los Angeles, becoming a model for other schools and bringing well-deserved attention to P.S. ARTS. We are delighted that this significant program helps students celebrate their differences and encourages them to become good citizens of the world.”

The Herb Alpert Foundation has issued P.S. ARTS a $1 million dollar challenge grant to establish the organization’s first endowment. This gift brings The Foundation’s investment in P.S. ARTS to $5 million, and will ensure that the organization can thrive for future generations.

Renowned educator Dr. Paul Cummins founded P.S. ARTS in 1990 with initial funding from The Herb Alpert Foundation in response to state education budget cuts. P.S. ARTS started with 250 children in one elementary school, and now, after 25 years, provides arts education to over 25,000 students. The organization’s dramatic growth is a reflection of The Herb Alpert Foundation’s vision and strategic investment in what Foundation President Rona Sebastian describes as, “one of the nation’s premiere, ground-breaking arts instruction programs.”

“Over the past 25 years,” says Herb Alpert, “through our support of P.S. ARTS, Lani and I have watched a generation of students thrive on in-school arts exploration and training. We have witnessed how the arts have helped students be creative, experience their own uniqueness, and appreciate the uniqueness in others, stay focused and reach for their potential so that they can lead productive and fulfilling lives. We are proud of our support of P.S. ARTS, and wish them continued success.”

The Herb Alpert Foundation has supported P.S. ARTS’ growth over time, with the goal of long-term sustainability. In 2004, The Foundation made a $1.5 million grant to P.S. ARTS, funding an innovative five-year arts education initiative in the Lawndale Elementary School District for 5,000 students. The grant was designed to provide comprehensive support at the outset and decrease over time as P.S. ARTS education programs developed in the schools.

The Foundation has continued to award up to $200K annually, supporting the region-wide arts education effort led by P.S. ARTS, whose TakePART Initiative in five school districts currently provides 10,000 children with weekly arts education. At the annual TakePART Art Festival 2013 the Initiative received commendations from U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

For more information on P.S. ARTS and The Herb Alpert Foundation’s $1 million endowment matching opportunity, please visit www.psarts.org/endowment

About P.S. ARTS 
P.S. ARTS’ mission is to improve the lives of children by providing arts education to underserved public schools and communities. It is the only organization in Southern and Central California that provides yearlong art education in dance, visual arts, music, and theater to every child in a school during the regular school day.

About The Herb Alpert Foundation 
The Herb Alpert Foundation, a non-profit, private foundation established in the early 1980’s, makes significant annual contributions to a range of programs in the fields of Arts, Arts Education and Compassion and Well Being. Its funding is directed toward projects in which Herb and Lani Alpert and Foundation President Rona Sebastian play an active role. [The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.]

Contact
For additional information and press inquiries, please email Jacob Campbell: jacob.campbell@psarts.org

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Dr. Kristen Paglia named CEO of P.S. ARTS

on January 28, 2015

For Immediate Release

P.S. ARTS ANNOUNCES DR. KRISTEN PAGLIA AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Venice, CA (January 28, 2015) – P.S. ARTS, a non-profit organization providing arts education to 20,000 children attending underserved public schools, today announced that the Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Kristen Paglia as the Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.  Dr. Paglia has served in a leadership role at P.S. ARTS for six years, most recently holding the title of Executive Director, Education & Programs.

“After a thorough selection process, we are very excited to welcome Kristi in this new capacity as CEO,” explains P.S. ARTS Board Chairperson, Joshua B. Tanzer. “With over two decades experience in the arts and public education, Dr. Paglia is well suited to lead the organization in this next phase of development and leadership in the field.”

Started 25 years ago in direct response to education budget cuts that resulted in the drastic elimination of arts programs in California public schools, P.S. ARTS developed from the vision of educator and Crossroads School founder Paul Cummins and funding from musician and philanthropist Herb Alpert. P.S. ARTS has been on a dramatic growth trajectory, incorporating fifteen new schools and acquiring the national award winning Inside Out Community Arts program in the last year alone. President of the Herb Alpert Foundation and P.S. ARTS board member, Rona Sebastian, expresses her enthusiasm for the organization’s progress, saying, “We acknowledge with deep gratification and pride how P.S. ARTS has evolved over these many years to become one of the nation’s premiere, ground-breaking arts instruction programs.”

“I am honored to take on this leadership position at P.S. ARTS and believe that this role will provide an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in our approach to public education in the way we support young people in navigating the challenges of their daily lives, and prepare them to be the innovators and leaders of the future,” adds Dr. Paglia.

Dr. Paglia holds a doctorate in developmental psychology from Harvard University and is a sought after lecturer and professional consultant, lending her expertise to broad-scale arts education efforts such as the U.S. President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities Turnaround Arts initiative, and the development of the California Department of Education’s Blueprint for Creative Schools. Dr. Paglia also teaches courses at UCLA and Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Paglia is looking forward to continuing the work that recently earned P.S. ARTS the honor of the national Americans for the Arts “Arts Education Award,” which recognizes and celebrates the contributions and accomplishments of national leaders who are advancing the arts in the United States.  In addition, P.S. ARTS, along with students from the Lucille J. Smith Elementary School in Lawndale, CA, was invited by the President of the United States’ Committee on the Arts and Humanities to model an exemplar art project that teaches 4th grade math concepts. First Lady Michelle Obama presided over the Fair, which showcased schools and arts organizations from across the country.

About P.S. ARTS

P.S. ARTS’ mission is to improve the lives of children by providing art education to underserved public schools and communities. It is the only organization in Southern and Central California that provides yearlong art education in dance, visual arts, music, and theatre arts to every child in a school during the regular school day. For more information, please visit www.psarts.org.

For information and inquiries, please contact:
Caroline Graham, C4 Global Communications
Caroline@c4global.com | 310. 899.2727

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P.S. ARTS to be Honored at Americans for the Arts “National Arts Awards” for its Contributions to the Advancement of Arts Education

on October 17, 2014

By Megan Strawther, Development & Communications Associate
In Cooperation With The Herb Alpert Foundation

Venice, CA ­– P.S. ARTS has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Americans for the Arts “Arts Education Award” and will be honored at the National Arts Awards on October 20th in New York City. According to Americans for the Arts, the country’s leading arts advocacy organization, this event recognizes and celebrates the contributions and accomplishments of national leaders who are advancing the arts in the United States. Accepting the award on the organization’s behalf are Chairperson Joshua B. Tanzer and Co-Executive Directors Dr. Kristen Paglia and Amy Shapiro.

P.S. ARTS, a nonprofit arts education organization serving more than 20,000 children in Southern and Central California, was chosen to receive the award for its exemplar program model and its contributions to the public education reform movement. Along with its school-improvement programs that include classroom studios, extended learning, and community engagement, P.S. ARTS takes an active role in state and national public educational policy conversation and serves as a model of how arts teaching and learning can improve school performance. P.S. ARTS was also honored earlier this year by the First Lady at the White House STEAM Fair for its demonstration of integrating the arts into core curriculum.

“We are extremely proud of this well deserved honor that Americans for the Arts is bestowing on P.S. ARTS this year,“ says Rona Sebastian, President of the Herb Alpert Foundation. “This award recognizes the remarkable role that P.S. ARTS plays in providing access to the arts in underserved public schools and communities. As a unique organization and stellar model for others, P.S. ARTS has had tremendous impact helping thousands of children to overcome economic and literacy barriers through experiencing high-quality, sustained, and integrated arts programs in the classroom.”

One of P.S. ARTS’ primary accomplishments includes the facilitation of the TakePART Initiative, a five-district arts collaborative in the Centinela Valley that is funded by the Herb Alpert Foundation. Through this initiative, regional service providers, community organizations, funders, and the Centinela Valley Union High School, Hawthorne, Lawndale Elementary, Lennox, and Wiseburn school districts have worked together to provide crucial arts education experiences in these underserved communities.

“P.S. ARTS is providing measurable success for our students, 20,000 strong, not just in arts development, but in ways that include creative problem solving, collaboration, and communication with peers,” says Chairperson Joshua B. Tanzer. “We are not expressly developing artists, but rather productive and self-motivated citizens for our communities.”

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P.S. ARTS Announces 2014-2015 School Year Expansion

on July 17, 2014

Two new major initiatives to expand reach to nearly 20,000 children

VENICE, CA – P.S. ARTS is expanding its programs in the 2014-2015 school year and will serve nearly 20,000 children each week from September to June by deepening and broadening the scope of its programs as the result of two major initiatives: a fully-funded expansion in the Santa Monica Malibu School District (SMMUSD) and the acquisition of the Venice-based Inside Out Community Arts program.

P.S. ARTS currently provides arts education programming to four Title I schools in SMMUSD, and beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year, P.S. ARTS will be the arts service provider for all eleven elementary schools in the District. The SMMUSD community’s desire to replicate the P.S. ARTS program, even at full cost to the District, is an endorsement of the quality and rigor of the programming, and P.S. ARTS is committed to establishing equity in arts education throughout SMMUSD.

“We are so pleased to be increasing our service population to 20,000 students come September and very grateful to the many partners who have helped make this a reality, including the dedicated and innovative foundations behind the NSI and the Santa Monica-Malibu School District and Education Fund,” said Amy Shapiro, Executive Director of Advancement & Operations.

Inside Out Community Arts (IOCA) provides after-school theater and media education for at-risk middle and high school youth and is a longstanding P.S. ARTS partner in the Centinela Valley-based TakePART initiative.  The acquisition of IOCA establishes a continuity of service between P.S. ARTS’ elementary school programs and the IOCA middle school program and will give some P.S. ARTS students up to six additional years of arts education beyond elementary school. The opportunity to explore this merger with Inside Out Community Arts was made possible by a grant from the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative (NSI). Launched in 2012 by the California Community Foundation, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and the Weingart Foundation, NSI helps LA-based nonprofits explore and implement partnerships and restructuring efforts that lead to greater organizational efficiency.

“For the past five years, P.S. ARTS has been highly focused on finding innovative ways to be more efficient and cost-effective,” said P.S. ARTS Executive Director of Education & Programs Dr. Kristen Paglia.  “Strategic decisions on the programs and operations side, including merging with Inside Out Community Arts, have paid off by opening up opportunities to serve many more students and school districts sustainably.”

While arts education research focuses heavily on the impact of the arts on students’ performance in school, it is also clear that the benefits of the arts are not limited to the classroom. As California schools are faced with implementing a new, more rigorous, and more complex set of educational standards, P.S. ARTS took the opportunity to revise and expand our approach. The expanded P.S. ARTS model now addresses the need for quality after-school programming that aligns with what students learn during the school day and that engages the whole family. The Inside Out Community Arts Program of P.S. ARTS is the organization’s inaugural Extended Learning program, which P.S. ARTS hopes will evolve over time such that all P.S. ARTS students will have the opportunity to continue their arts education through high school.

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