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 Feature in Delta’s SKY Magazine

on March 15, 2016 Comments Off on P.S. ARTS Feature in Delta’s SKY Magazine

Delta Air Lines featured P.S. ARTS in the February issue of Sky Magazine — the Los Angeles Issue. Head to page 46 for a write-up about Delta’s Holiday in the Hangar event that our students from Camino Nuevo Charter Academy Burlington Campus were invited to last December. Program Manager Jaime Reichner recently wrote a blog about our students’ magical trip the North Pole! A big thank you to Delta Air Lines for helping our programs and events take flight; we are so grateful for their continued support!

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Q&A with CEO Dr. Kristen Paglia in View Magazine

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P.S. ARTS CEO Dr. Kristen Paglia was recently featured in the January 30th issue of VIEW Magazine’s “Giving” series. Check out what she had to say about the state of arts education in Los Angeles on page 12, and read her extended interview below.

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Why do you think providing arts education to underserved public schools and communities is so important?
I’d have to turn in my arts education advocate card if I didn’t start with all the research that says participation in the arts increases students’ potential to be successful in school and their future careers. There are dozens of studies to confirm this, including a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts report finding that students from low-income communities who participate in the arts earn higher grades and are more likely to attend and graduate from college. Boosting academic achievement is obviously very important, but from where I stand as a parent – and person – trying to navigate a world that seems to be getting increasingly dangerous and unpredictable, the most important reason to include the arts in education is that the arts move us to see and value our fellow human beings, the earth, and the unknown. This is the stuff trailblazers, innovators, and heroes are made of. I think the founder of the Arts in Education program at Harvard University, Dr. Jessica Hoffmann Davis, says it perfectly in her book, Why Our High Schools Need the Arts – Fighting Attrition with Interest and Relevance. She writes, “From imagination to social responsibility, the arts teach our children what it is to be human and enable them to experience their humanity in thought and action…”

Where do you see your program’s role within the greater Los Angeles community?
In short, P.S. ARTS’ role in the greater Los Angeles community is to make schools better. The most recent Otis Report on the Creative Economy finds that 1 in 7 jobs in Los Angeles County are in a creative industry, yet state budget cuts have resulted in the near elimination of the arts from LA public schools. Even with incremental increases in state funding for the arts in the last few years, the school district budgets are still well below what they have been (and need to be) to provide all children with equal access to quality arts instruction. Nonprofits like P.S. ARTS help fill the gap and ensure that Los Angeles’ most vulnerable children are getting the knowledge and tools they need to be successful in our creative economy. P.S. ARTS’ contribution to this endeavor is notable both because of the scope of our services and our commitment to overall public school reform. P.S. ARTS provides weekly dance, music, theater, and/or visual arts classes to 25,000 public school students during their regular school day for the entire school year. We do this for only $250 per child, which is about a third of the estimated cost for a large school district like LAUSD to provide the same level of service. P.S. ARTS also pairs accomplished artists with credentialed teachers to the professional benefit of both. A recent longitudinal study of our programs conducted by UCLA Professor Emeritus and Principal Investigator for the Centers for Research on Creativity Dr. James Catterall found that participation in P.S. ARTS’ programs “measurably helps prepare students for school and career success in the 21st Century by supporting their creative development and improving their ability to collaboratively solve complex problems.”

P.S. ARTS was created in response to significant education budget cuts — specifically to arts programs in California public schools — in the 1970s and 1980s. What has been the most significant change (positive or negative) in this arena since then?
Good progress has been made on a policy level toward restoring the arts to Los Angeles’ schools. Funding for the arts in LAUSD, for example, has increased by 40% in recent years. Still, the current $26.5 million arts budget is less than half what LAUSD Executive Director of the Arts Rory Pullens has speculated is needed to implement a strong district-wide arts program. Mr. Pullens has also commented on the advantages of partnering with organizations like P.S. ARTS to bridge the significant gap between the handful schools that meet state standards in the arts and the vast majority that do not. This year, LAUSD earmarked funding to supplement funds raised by vetted outside arts education providers, and I am very encouraged by this resource alliance venture. It is clear to me that strategic partnerships between highly regarded nonprofits and school districts present an attractive alternative to spreading public resources too thin and too far.

How did you become involved with P.S. ARTS?
Fate, I think. I double majored in Dance and Early Childhood Education in college. Artistically, I was very interested in the way humans use body language and other nonverbal cues to define relationships. It’s pretty niche, I know. I joined a dance company that integrated dancers with and without developmental disabilities, which led to pursuing a master’s degree in Dance Therapy and an internship as a rehabilitation therapist with incarcerated adults. At the time, California was facing a teacher shortage and offering something called an emergency credential for college graduates willing to work in severely underserved schools. I got one and was placed in a classroom of middle school students with moderate and severe disabilities. I quickly discovered that my most powerful and engaging teaching tool was my dance background. I felt like I was making a difference for these kids, but within nine months two of the students in my class had been victims of gang retaliation and one was dead. I knew then that I would learn whatever I needed to learn to be able to make things better for kids in these failing public schools. I kept teaching and earned a doctorate degree in human development, focusing my research on the benefits of dance education. I was looking for a position as a special education teacher or resource specialist in Los Angeles when I came across an opening for a Program Director at P.S. ARTS. I didn’t have any nonprofit experience at the time, but when I read the mission and considered the likelihood of finding a job that incorporated every one of my passions and skills the way this one does, I had to apply. That was nine years ago.

What achievements/advancements over the years have been the most meaningful to you?
I am most proud of our ability as an organization to establish and nurture partnerships. Collaboration has been the theme at P.S. ARTS for the past decade or more, including several large-scale partnerships with school districts and a successful merger with another Venice-based nonprofit, Inside Out Community Arts, in 2014. I was very fortunate to walk into a groundbreaking initiative funded by the Herb Alpert Foundation to provide the entire Lawndale Elementary School District (LESD) with an arts program. I had never worked this systemically or had the opportunity to lead a program that would have that kind of transformative impact. The goal was to build resource capacity in the district — both human and financial — to sustain a comprehensive fine arts program for every child in the district. Ten years later, every child in LESD receives weekly instruction in the visual and performing arts through P.S. ARTS funded by matching contributions from the school district and both philanthropic and corporate partners. In 2013, LESD Superintendent, Dr. Ellen Dougherty offered a powerful endorsement of the P.S. ARTS program stating, “Our students’ academic success is beginning to soar. This year, we surpassed the state goal for academic performance. Two of our schools won the Title I Academic Achievement Award, and I believe these accomplishments are directly correlated to students’ experiences in the arts.” Four other school districts have since joined what has become a major collaborative arts education initiative, TakePART, investing more than one million dollars annually and serving upwards of 7,500 students in the Wiseburn, Lennox, Hawthorne, and Centinela Valley school districts.

The challenges of a nonprofit are fraught with difficulty. What keeps you inspired when the moments and experiences aren’t so uplifting?
I spend a lot of time thinking about this. Not only from my own perspective, although I do have to remind myself of the “why” from time to time when I’m up to my eyeballs in red tape or duct tape depending on the crisis du jour, but from the perspective of our contributors who give their time, money, talents, and expertise to P.S. ARTS. From our Board of Trustees, chaired by Josh Tanzer, to our dedicated volunteers — these people blow me away. I constantly ask myself what keeps them coming back? I am going to preface this next thing by saying that I am a working mom and more of my time is spent watching animated movies than I’d really like to admit, especially in the early days of my career when my kids were little and I was trying to finish a dissertation and working full-time. I remember in a particularly low moment that involved the older one stuffing the younger one’s pajamas in the toilet to “see what would happen,” I overhead Disney’s Mr. Incredible say to a reporter, “No matter how many times you save the world, it always manages to get back in jeopardy again. Sometimes I just want it to stay saved!” It resonated with me, because I’d felt like that before. I’ve felt like that a lot, but I keep getting back up for the fight, because the stakes are too high to quit. The community that supports P.S. ARTS keeps at it because they know if they don’t, kids lose. It is their commitment that continues to inspire me when things get hard.

What’s the coolest part about being in the Venice community?
Venice has always been a hub for artists, activists, innovation, and great food! This year over 40 restaurants, chefs, and supporters from the Venice community joined P.S. ARTS at our annual foodie-festival, Taste of Venice, for an afternoon of good eats and drinks in support of our cause. We believe that the arts have the power to engage students and create vibrant communities, and hosting this summer fundraiser that brings Venice’s culinary creatives and arts advocates together is such a clear (and delicious) example of the arts in action. I also love that our office is so close to some of our public school campuses as well as our new corporate partners. Google, one of our Taste of Venice sponsors, is right down the street, and as we speak Snapchat employees are volunteering in our Visual Arts class at Coeur D’Alene Ave. Elementary School. We feel so supported by our Venice community.

Is there anything exciting happening in the future that you can tell us about?
It has been a huge year for P.S. ARTS. Between our growth and the current political climate around the arts and public education, there is a rare, wide-open window of opportunity to advance our mission to improve children’s lives by helping to build strong schools through the arts. We launched a strategic planning process in September, and our trustees, staff, and extended community are dedicated to achieving the highest level of organizational stability and positive field impact possible. I am excited to announce a new partnership with the Culver City Unified School District (CCUSD) and Sony Entertainment that will provide school-wide visual arts education in three CCUSD elementary schools. We are adopting a similar collaborative approach in the Inglewood Unified School District, where students will receive weekly dance instruction through matched contributions from the Herb Alpert Foundation and district funds. We are looking to continue the trend of fruitful partnerships going forward, expanding our reach and serving our mission through communal efforts and resource sharing.

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#MarathonMonday | Yoobi, Giant Media, & Three Day Rule

on February 8, 2016 Comments Off on #MarathonMonday | Yoobi, Giant Media, & Three Day Rule

The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, Charity Relay, and LA BIG 5K are this weekend! On our final #MarathonMonday, meet the Team P.S. ARTS runners from Yoobi, Giant Media, and Three Day Rule.

Why did your company choose to join Team P.S. ARTS, and why do you think it’s important to support arts education in our schools?

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We at Yoobi believe that education is the key to success. Having equal access to the tools to learn and be creative is a right, not a privilege! Yoobi strives to provide essential learning supplies for classrooms in need across the U.S. through our one for you, one for me mission. We are so excited to support P.S. ARTS by running in the LA Big 5k! The Yoobi Team is thrilled to support this amazing event and contribute to the impact that P.S. ARTS is making within the education space!
— Team Yoobi

“I grew up taking art classes, going to art camp, crafting, and listening to, playing, and dancing to music!  Art has always been at the core of my education and daily life, and it has certainly shaped the person I am today; this cause is very important to me on a personal level. We hope that we not only raise the funds needed for P.S. ARTS’ programs, but also awareness about the importance of what they do!”
— Sarah Stuart, Team Yoobi Captain

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“As members of a creative industry, we are very proud to be a part of Team P.S. ARTS and help support arts education in California’s public schools. We love supporting local organizations, and P.S. ARTS is one of our favorites because of how much they give back to our community. The arts have inspired each of us at Giant Media both personally and professionally, so we are thrilled to be able to participate in the LA Big 5K and provide that opportunity to others.”
— Team Giant Media

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Three Day Rule | threedayrule.com
“We joined Team P.S. ARTS because we’re always looking to partner with amazing organizations. Personally, I’ve always had a love for the arts — from painting to learning about art history. I’ve always wished that I had had more opportunities to explore these passions growing up.”
— Morgan Jones

“Allowing the young creative minds of the world to flourish is not just important, it’s necessary for our future!”
— Agnes Nipales

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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!)

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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)

on December 11, 2015 Comments Off on 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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Taste of Venice 2015 Press

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5 Things You Need to Eat at Taste of Venice This Weekend via Los Angeles Magazine

Taste of Venice 2015 – it was Much More than Delicious Food! via Abbot Kinney First Fridays

GOOD FOR YOUR STOMACH, GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY: TASTE OF VENICE via FestivalsForLife

Try 30+ Local Eats At Taste Of Venice This Weekend via Lincoln & Rose

P.S. ARTS’ Taste of Venice — a Lesson in Creativity via Coast to Coast Newspaper

Food events this week in the Los Angeles area via Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

44 Awesome Things To Do in L.A. This Weekend via We Like LA

A Weekend of Eating and Drinking… via Sommer Dish

Check out Venice Paparazzi’s photo coverage of the event HERE

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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.]

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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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