Arts in Focus: Los Angeles Countywide Arts Education Survey is the largest, most detailed survey on arts education in Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the United States. The county has 1,745 schools with 1.7 million students in 82 school districts. The goal of the survey was to obtain a panoramic view of arts education across this diverse landscape. Data was obtained through in-depth interviewing at the district level, just one part of the chain of educational provision. The students in the districts covered in this survey represent 27% of all students enrolled in public schools K-12 in the state of California and 3.4% of all students enrolled in public schools K-12 in the nation. The survey reveals several fundamental contradictions.