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Los Angeles County Arts Commission;
The Los Angeles County Arts Commission surveyed teaching artists and arts organizations to find out who provided arts education services to LA County's 2,198 public schools in 2012. This survey found 139 arts organizations and 46 teaching artists providing arts education during the school day in 98 percent of all school districts and 53 percent of all schools in the County. While this is certainly an undercount of the total number of such arts organizations and teaching artists serving local public schools, it is a first step toward establishing a comprehensive list, and is the best data we have to date about this group of providers.
Among the high level findings:
57 percent of all arts education provided by community arts partners was in visual art (32 percent) and music/opera (25 percent).More than 77 percent of arts education provided by community arts partners occured in elementary (K-8) grades. Arts education from community arts partners peaked in grades 3 through 5, and peak years varied by arts discipline.The four community arts pertners providing the greatest amount of arts educatio in LA County were the Autry Museum, Broad Stage, Music Center and Skirball Cultural Center.Nearly half of all community arts partners charge schools for their services at least some of the time.
Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund;
Across the country, municipal Summer Youth Employment Programs (SYEPs) provide hundreds of thousands of young people, often from low-income communities, with short-term work experience and a regular paycheck. Building off this existing, widespread infrastructure and connection to young people, the Citi Foundation and the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund) saw an opportunity to connect young workers to bank accounts and targeted financial education, turning this large-scale youth employment program into a linchpin for building long-term positive financial behaviors. More broadly, Summer Jobs Connect (SJC) demonstrates how banking access efforts can be embedded in municipal infrastructure, a core goal of the CFE Fund's national Bank On initiative.
The second report offers findings from fieldwork in five study sites in California, Florida, Illinois, South Carolina and Texas, examining the involvement of families with a deported parent with health and social service systems, as well as their needs and the barriers they face accessing such services.
The researchers find that family economic hardship is highly prevalent following parental detention and deportation, while child welfare system involvement is rarer. Schools represent a promising avenue for interaction with these families and delivery of services, as school officials cannot inquire about immigration status and thus are perceived as safer intermediaries by unauthorized immigrant parents who may be skeptical of interaction with other government agencies. Other important sources of support include health providers, legal service providers and community- and faith-based organizations that immigrants trust.
Los Angeles County Arts Commission;
This study takes a closer look at those occupations that do not require a bachelor's degree, asking questions about what kinds of jobs they are and how they compare to jobs that do require at least a bachelor's degree. Specifically,
How many job openings are there, and how well do they pay? What kinds of activities do those workers do on the job? What opportunities do they offer to learn on the job? How locally concentrated are those occupations? This report concludes with recommendations for how the K-12 education system could be improved to increase opportunities in LA's creative occupations, in ways that benefit the LA County economy as a whole.
Los Angeles County Arts Commission;
Analyzing data from the Cultural Data Project, we found that nonprofit arts organizations in Los Angeles County paid some $266.6 million in salaries to the equivalent of 4,650 full time employees in 2011. The average salary for a full time employee in a nonprofit arts organization was $57,345, up from $51,046 in 2007. By comparison, annual per capita income in LA County in the same time period was $27,900. Arts nonprofit salaries per full-time equivalent are higher in LA County than in California as a whole, but a larger share of arts nonprofits statewide have paid staff.
Los Angeles County Arts Commission;
In 2011, arts nonprofits in LA County invested $63.3 million in health, retirement and other benefits for their employees. Even as the Great Recession cut revenues for many nonprofit organizations, and the cost of health care premiums rose, nonprofit arts organizations in LA County maintained their commitment to those benefits.
This study finds arts nonprofits in LA County may be more likely than employers in other sectors to provide health benefits to their employees. The data analyzed here show that 53 percent of LA County arts nonprofits with fewer than 50 employees pay some portion of their employees' health care, compared to 39 percent of all small employers in California and 35 percent of all small employers nationally. All arts nonprofits with 50 or more employees in LA County invested in health benefits for their employees, comparing favorably with the statewide figure of 95 percent among all employers that size.
As the total dollar amount LA County arts nonprofits spent on health insurance rose 58 percent from 2007 to 2011, the share of organizations providing this benefit fell by seven percent. Among a subset of these organizations for which we have all five years of data, their spending on health benefits increased by nearly 65 percent per full time employee in that time period.
The trend is very different for retirement benefits. Only 21 percent of arts nonprofits with paid employees offered them retirement benefits in 2011, well below the rate of 63 percent among all nonprofits in southern and central California. However, the share of arts nonprofits providing retirement benefits rose between 2007 and 2011, while that figure fell for all nonprofits in the region.
California Community Foundation;
This year, CCF supported a wide range of organizations helping hard-working immigrants in Los Angeles County apply for citizenship, work authorization and driver's licenses. Our New Americans Opportunity Fund assisted immigrants seeking temporary relief from deportation through federal Administrative Relief programs like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). We also funded efforts to prevent fraudulent schemes that target immigrants.
UCLA Evaluation Team;
The BLOOM Initiative was designed with the goal of redirecting black male youth involved with the Los Angeles County probation system toward improved educational and employment opportunities and outcomes. This report is an assessment of the first year of the Initiative, using qualitative and quantitative methods to measure process and outcomes.
Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men (BLOOM);
In May 2012, the California Community Foundation (CCF), a public, charitable organization serving Los Angeles County, launched a five-year initiative focused on serving Black male youth involved in the juvenile delinquency system. The Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men (BLOOM) Initiative was designed with the goal of redirecting Black male youth, ages 14-18 years old involved with the Los Angeles County probation system, toward improved educational and employment opportunities and outcomes
The disproportionate representation of Black male youth on probation and in prison is staggering. In Los Angeles County for example, Black youth represent 10% of the youth population, yet they comprise approximately 30% of all youth under probation supervision. The overrepresentation of Black males in the probation system reveals an urgent need and a destructive cycle, which the BLOOM Initiative seeks to disrupt.
To address the overrepresentation of Black male youth involved with the Los Angeles County Probation Department, the BLOOM Initiative funded five direct-service, community-based organizations (CBO's) to provide programs in a key strategy area identified by CCF/BLOOM as critical toward improving pathways for probation-involved Black male youth. The goal of the
Initiative is to redirect these young men toward improved educational and employment opportunities and outcomes. In particular, the criteria youth must meet to be eligible for BLOOM includes (1) Black male; (2) between the ages of 14 and 18; (3) South Los Angeles resident; and (4) currently or has previously been on probation. Additionally, two companies were funded to provide auxiliary services, consisting of support toward two of the BLOOM goals, to re-shape public perception of probation-involved Black males, and to support the capacity building efforts of the five direct-service partners funded as a part of the Initiative.
During the first year of the Initiative (2012 -- 2013), the California Community Foundation contracted with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) evaluation team to conduct a process and outcomes-focused evaluation of the BLOOM Initiative. During this year, the evaluation team collected quantitative and qualitative data to establish a baseline for assessing the outcomes of the Initiative and the progress made toward achieving set goals. Based on recommendations from the mid-year evaluation, the California Community Foundation, the BLOOM Advisory Board, and BLOOM Initiative partners, the initial BLOOM strategy areas were revised to better align with Initiative goals -- to improve educational and employment opportunities for system-involved Black male youth. Thus this report highlights the progress made toward improved educational and employment opportunities for BLOOM youth
Arts for All;
As we enter the 21st century -- the global information age -- we must ensure our students are equipped to thrive in an environment that will require them to be able to shift their thinking and remain open to learning throughout their lives. Flexibility, innovation, improvisation and the ability to communicate across diverse cultures are skills crucial to future success. The arts are the most efficient way to teach those skills. By working to include and sustain the arts as part of a comprehensive K-12 curriculum, we allow students to cultivate the crucial skills they will need to function in a 21st century world.
Arts for All is a dynamic, county-wide collaboration working to create vibrant classrooms, schools, communities and economies through the restoration of all arts disciplines into the core curriculum for each of our 1.7 million public K-12 students. One of the key strategies to ensure high quality arts education is to improve the quality of teaching and learning. We believe that when we help build the skills, knowledge, and confidence of the people who provide arts instruction to students, they are able to translate district policies and plans into high quality student learning. Practical tools and partnership opportunities promote the collective responsibility of classroom teachers, arts teachers, and artists to deliver high quality arts education. The on-going development of teachers and artists increases their ability to raise the quality of arts education.
On Friday, May 7, 2010, Arts for All in partnership with California State University at Northridge, hosted the Arts for All Higher Education Think Tank. This event brought together decision makers throughout the education community to begin to discuss how to strategically address quality arts education in teacher preparation programs in order to impact teacher practice and student learning. Over 60 people attended representing 13 institutions of higher education, 3 foundations, 6 school districts and partners from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Orange County Office of Education and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
This report is a transcript of those proceedings.
Los Angeles Unified School District Arts Education Branch;
This paper describes the 2012-2017 plan for funding arts education in the Los Angeles Unified School District. This mission for this project is as follows:
The Visual and Performing Arts are an integral part of the District's comprehensive curriculum and are essential for learning in the 21st century. All LAUSD students, from every culture and socioeconomic level, deserve quality arts learning in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts as part of the core curriculum.
Arts for All;
The impetus for Arts for All's Leadership Fellows Program was a brainstorming session in July 2008 on how best to move the Arts for Allcollaborative toward its goal of restoring arts education into the core curriculum for each of Los Angeles County's 1.6 million public K-12 students.
Session participants repeatedly circled back to Arts for All's need to engage school district leaders in order to be successful. The goal of the program, the first of its kind in the country, was to increase the capacity of school district leadership to advance quality, access and equity of arts education within their respective school districts.
This report focuses on the work and results of the leadership fellows program in the 2009-2010 school year.