Turnaround Arts: California and its partner public schools are committed to using the arts to narrow the opportunity gap, increase student engagement, and improve campus culture and climate.
Turnaround Arts, launched in 2012 by the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities as a national program, utilizes the arts as a strategic tool to help close the achievement gap and improve school culture in a group of the nation’s lowest-performing public elementary schools.
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is the and only independent school of music in the UC system. The school trains and educates students across western classical and world music traditions, balancing performance mastery and composition with cutting-edge scholarship.
The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company empowers youth in underserved and at-risk environments with the means and methods necessary to explore personal and social conflicts. The program seeks to develop self-esteem, communication, and coping skills to help youth make positive life choices.
Venice Arts’ mission is to ignite, expand, and transform the lives of Los Angeles’ low-income youth through photography and film education. The program uses participatory storytelling practices to amplify the voices of underrepresented communities.
Vista Del Mar provides comprehensive, family-centered, social, educational, and behavioral health services that encourage children, adolescents and their families to lead self-reliant, stable and productive lives. The Eden Alpert Therapeutic Music Program provides Vista Del Mar children with a safe environment to explore their creative potential, develop a greater appreciation of music, and learn career skills.
The World Stage’s mission is to secure, preserve and advance the position of African American music, literature and works in the oral tradition to a local, national and international audience.
The WriteGirl mission is to promote creativity and self-expression to empower girls within a community of women writers. Teens build skills and confidence through mentoring workshops and publication.
Young Storytellers engages creativity through storytelling. Through mentorship, collaboration, and performance, the program provides students with an opportunity to write stories and see them brought to life on stage and film. Their mission is to inspire young people to discover the power of their own voice.
Youth Speak Collective is a youth-driven organization founded on the idea that all young people can succeed if provided with the right opportunities. Youth Speak’s mission is to empower low-income, at-risk youth and their families with the skills necessary to pursue higher education and create strong communities. The Foundation provides funding for the Creative Expression program, supporting youth producing original works of art, film, and writing.