We're here because we know...

  • Arts education levels the "learning field" across socio-economic boundaries, improves student retention and reduces the achievement gap
  • Professional development of teachers is an essential component of student academic achievement
  • Teachers who receive training and support, including instruction in the arts, are more likely to remain in their profession
  • Most students in California do not receive instruction in the arts even at the level required by state law
  • 29% of California's public schools offer no study in any arts discipline
  • Students who attend schools with high levels of poverty have the least access to arts instruction
  • Children with limited English-language proficiency are at especially high risk of academic failure
  • Only 48% of African-American and Latino students who start 9th grade graduate four years later
  • Students in the Los Angeles Unified School District are among the nation's most at-risk to drop out of school

Although the full impact of bringing the arts to children's lives is beyond measure, the programs offered at Inner-City Arts support creative and intellectual development in ways that can be quantified.

A recent evaluation of Inner-City Arts programs by the US Department of Education proved conclusively that children who attend classes at Inner-City Arts, and whose teachers actively participate in Inner-City Arts programs, score dramatically better in math, creativity and language arts on statewide standardized tests:

“What you all do is so amazing for your kids. The lessons they learn last a lifetime… build their confidence and many times give kids that don’t have a voice or a way to express themselves the way to do so. I can’t thank you enough!”

– Lisa C. 3rd Grade Teacher who attended Inner-City Arts with her students