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

on June 3, 2016 Comments Off on SMMUSD School Board takes no action on proposed cuts to P.S. ARTS programs

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 Communications Associate Jacob Campbell at jacob.campbell@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 Comments Off on P.S. ARTS CEO Responds to Senator Ben Allen’s SB916 — the Theatre & Dance Act (TADA!)

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

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

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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

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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

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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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LA Modernism Opening Night 2015

on May 11, 2015 Comments Off on LA Modernism Opening Night 2015

A Modernism Opening Night held at 3Labs in Culver City on April 24, 2015 featured over 40 exhibitors of 20th century furniture, decorative, and fine arts. The proceeds from ticket sales, catalog pages, and sponsorship went directly towards our arts education programs. The event was hosted by Maria & Bill Bell, Julie Bowen, Kristen & Lindsey Buckingham, Frank Gehry, Chaz Guest, Tracy Hiner, Carey Hotchkis & Tara Kuhnert, Jeffrey Alan Marks, Alex K. Mason, Tanya Nolan, Carolyn Powers, Hadley Davis Rierson & Lee Rierson, Kenny Scharf, Lisa Kudrow & Michel Stern, and Kelly Wearstler. More photos available on our Flickr page.

Genlux

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C Social Front

Los Angeles Confidential

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Bag Lunch 2013 Press

on June 4, 2013 Comments Off on Bag Lunch 2013 Press

Thank you to all those that attended our 10th Annual Bag Lunch hosted by board members and celebrity stylists George Kotsiopoulos and Elizabeth Stewart with Rachel Bilson, Kristin Davis, Zooey Deschanel and Katy Perry at the lovely home of Meredith Kaplan.  Guests purchased designer handbags at discounted prices with 100% of the proceeds going towards our arts education programs, making it the best bargain in town!  Special guests also included Lisa Kudrow, Minnie Driver, Shiri Appleby, Perry Reeves, Amanda Righetti, Aimee Garcia, and Katie Lowes.

Bag Lunch coverage on Los Angeles Magazine.

Lisa Kudrow interview on Glamour.

Shiri Appleby interview on People.

Kristin Davis, Minnie Driver, Perry Reeves, and Shiri Appleby at Bag Lunch on US Weekly.

Kristin Davis at Bag Lunch on Coco Perez.

Kristin Davis and Minnie Driver in the What’s Right Now section on Instyle.

Kristin Davis at Bag Lunch on InStyle.

Bag Lunch Coverage on Society News LA.

Bag Lunch Coverage in the Fashion News section on the Los Angeles Times.

Bag Lunch Coverage on Haute Living.

People Magazine’s Instagram picture at Bag Lunch that gets 1,000+ “likes.”

InStyle Magazine’s Instagram picture at Bag Lunch that gets 3,000+ “likes.”

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Express Yourself 2013 Press

on January 24, 2014 Comments Off on Express Yourself 2013 Press

Every November, P.S. ARTS hosts its biggest fundraiser of the year, Express Yourself.  This family-friendly event is an opportunity for our supporters and friends of the organization to experience the same joy and creativity we provide to the 15,000 students we serve every week.  Nearly $500,000 was raised at Express Yourself 2013 to support our arts education programs.  A special thank you to our Art Aficionado sponsor OneWest Bank and our Art Devotee sponsors Bounce AEG, Delta Air Lines, Disney, the Goldhirsh-Yellin Foundation, Partners Trust, the Resnick Family Foundation, and Sutton & Christian Stracke.

P.S. ARTS Sizzle Reel Express Yourself 2013 from P.S. ARTS on Vimeo.

C Social Front: P.S. ARTS Express Yourself 2013

Just Jared Jr.: G Hannelius & Kaitlyn Dever: P.S. ARTS Express Yourself Event

Los Angeles Confidential: P.S. ARTS Express Yourself 2013

Los Angeles Times: Stars, kids turn out for P.S ARTS’ ‘Express Yourself’ fundraiser

Society News LA: Julie Bowen, Jason Bateman, Lisa Kudrow, Jessica Capshaw, Dan Bucatinsky Among Families at P.S. ARTS Express Yourself 2013

US Weekly: So Crafty!

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Arts & The Mind: PBS

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P.S. ARTS was featured in the PBS documentary Arts & The Mind, a two-part special that first aired in September 2012 that explored the vital role the arts play in human development.  This documentary showcased some of the country’s most successful art programs, including P.S. ARTS.  Hosted and narrated by P.S. ARTS Board Member Lisa Kudrow, Arts & The Mind makes the point that art is not a “luxury,” but central to the development of the human brain in youth and keeping our minds sharp as we get older.  P.S. ARTS is proud to have been included in this important film.

Watch Creativity on PBS. See more from Arts & The Mind.

Watch The Art of Connection on PBS. See more from Arts & The Mind.

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P.S. ARTS Chosen to Attend White House “STEAM Fair” and Demonstrate Exemplary Art Project for First Lady Michelle Obama

on May 19, 2014 Comments Off on P.S. ARTS Chosen to Attend White House “STEAM Fair” and Demonstrate Exemplary Art Project for First Lady Michelle Obama

Venice, CA – P.S. ARTS and students from Lucille J. Smith Elementary School in Lawndale, CA, have been invited by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) to model examples of high-quality STEAM classroom projects – projects that integrate the “A” for arts into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curricula – at the White House on May 20th.  The White House “STEAM Fair” will be hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and the PCAH to celebrate the success of the Turnaround Arts initiative, a PCAH program to help turn around low-performing schools and increase student achievement through arts education.  The Fair will showcase schools and arts organizations from across the country with model STEAM classroom projects.

As a partner to the Turnaround Arts initiative and one of the most highly regarded arts education service organizations in Southern California, P.S. ARTS was invited to the White House to demonstrate its approach to arts and math integration. Students in the Lawndale Elementary School District have received weekly P.S. ARTS classes for eight years due in large part to the generosity of the Herb Alpert Foundation.

“P.S. ARTS is honored to be invited to participate in this event,” said Dr. Kristen Paglia, P.S. ARTS Executive Director of Education & Programs.  “The bright, creative students from the Lawndale Elementary School District who will be demonstrating P.S. ARTS’ STEAM project are the best evidence of the role of the arts in student achievement and overall school improvement!”

Dr. Paglia will be attending the White House STEAM Fair along with P.S. ARTS Teaching Artist Benjamin Morales and Smith Elementary students Nicholas Hernandez (age 10) and Pamela Hernandez (age 11), whose flights were all generously donated by Delta Air Lines, the official airline of P.S ARTS. These students were selected to represent P.S. ARTS at the Fair because they thrive in their arts classes and exhibit poise, creativity, and civic leadership. They will demonstrate their creative skills to Fair attendees, including The First Lady, public officials, celebrities, and philanthropic partners of the Turnaround Arts initiative.

P.S. ARTS was asked to model the Orbit Tower Project developed by Morales for his 4th grade visual arts classes in the Lawndale Elementary School District.  This project explores the work of sculptor Anish Kapoor to reinforce the properties of shapes and lines and enhance design skills.  Through this project, students reflect on the purpose of public art and the significance of monuments, as well as the relationship between form and function in art and architecture.  Hernandez and Hernandez will demonstrate the creation of the structure from the design to the construction phase.

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