Arts in LAUSD

Yes, there are art mad moms in the LAUSD (not to mention moms mad about dance, orchestra, theatre and more). . . Feel free to inspire us with what’s happening at your schools by posting your happenings below!

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  1. Santa Monica High School PTSA and
    Santa Monica High School Orchestra Parents Association present

    A Special Evening with Steve Lopez
    Award-winning L.A. Times journalist and author of The Soloist
    with musical performances by
    Ben Hong, Assistant Principal Cellist of the LA Philharmonic,
    Antonio Lysy, Concert Cellist and Professor of Cello Studies at UCLA,
    Santa Monica High School student musicians

    Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
    Barnum Hall, Santa Monica High School

    A Special Evening with Steve Lopez is an extraordinary event which the Samohi Orchestras is presenting in partnership with the Samohi PTSA to benefit the Samohi Orchestra program and the Ocean Park Community Center (OPCC), on Wednesday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Barnum Hall. We promised a full house, so please invite your family and friends.

    Steve Lopez will be on stage discussing his new book, The Soloist, and will be available for a book signing at the close of the evening. The evening program will feature musical performances by talented musicians and film clips from DreamWorks Pictures film, The Soloist, which is based on the Steve Lopez book and stars Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. The film opens in theaters nationwide in 2009. The evening will confront the sensitive issues of homelessness and mental illness, while illuminating the powers of journalism and music.


    This event will be well attended by students, faculty and the community.
    ♫ Tickets — $15.00 each for adults, $5.00 each for students & Senior Citizens

    Tickets may also be purchased at the door or online in advance at
    (for tickets bought online there is a small handling fee).

    DONATIONS to benefit OPCC:
    On the night of the event, we ask all students, families and community members to donate easily found items: New towels, new socks and/or new travel toiletries to benefit clients of the OPCC.

    In addition, a portion of the ticket sale proceeds will be donated to the Ocean Park Community Center (OPCC) in Santa Monica . OPCC is the largest and most comprehensive provider of housing and services on the Westside to low-income and homeless youth, adults and families, battered women and their children, and people living with mental illness.

    Thank you for supporting the Santa Monica High School Orchestra Program.
    For more information please contact or visit our website at

  2. Hey Yentas–
    This will be an incredible evening for you and your kids! Steve Lopez may be the best reason to keep subscribing to the LATimes these days. And Ben Hong is the cellist from the LA Phil who made it possible for Nathaniel Ayers to have a place to play his violin or cello in a safe environment.
    Plus, you’ll be supporting programs for the homeless by attending!
    We’re mad for music, indeed.
    Joy Horowitz

  3. LAUSD arts instruction faces drastic cutbacks:

    Subj: FW: Online Petition to Protect the AEB
    Date: 2/11/2009 9:10:33 PM Pacific Standard Time
    Received from Internet: click here for more information

    PLEASE take a minute to sign this petition to keep Arts Education in our Los Angeles public schools. Just imagine your education with NO art, theater, music, or dance. This is what is at stake for our students today.
    And please feel free to send this to anyone you know who has an interest in keeping the arts alive in our public schools.
    The Superintendent is making his budget recommendations to the board on the 27th of this month! This is it. We need to put as much pressure as possible in these final days.
    Thanks for your help.

    — On Mon, 2/9/09, Steven J. McCarthy wrote:
    From: Steven J. McCarthy
    Subject: FW: Online Petition to Protect the AEB
    To: “Elementary Theatre Teachers”
    Date: Monday, February 9, 2009, 8:03 AM

    —— Forwarded Message
    From: Ginger Fox
    Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2009 20:35:27 -0800 (PST)
    To: Richard Burrows , Robin Lithgow , Connie Covert , Carolyn McKnight , Shana Habel , Steve Venz , Steven McCarthy , Luiz Sampaio , Dain Olsen , Charlotte Neveu , Julie Corallo , Russell Copley , Alix Fournier , Chris Gilman , Sandra Cebrian , Cate Uccel , Tommy Wong , Gaby Pryor , Johan Baumeister , Leslie Fischer
    Cc: Ginger Fox
    Subject: Online Petition to Protect the AEB

    I just took action to send a message to the Decision Makers in the LAUSD to Protect Arts Education for the children of Los Angeles. Will you join me?

    Have a look. Take action. Forward on to colleagues, friends and family.

    —— End of Forwarded Message

  4. A Very Special Board Meeting – Arts Categorical Bye-Bye

    On March 31st at 1 p.m. the LAUSD Board will be voting on two big components of the latest budget submitted by Cortines.

    The first vote will include moving all categorical funds to “unrestricted use,” i.e. that $10 million the voters wanted designated as Arts Block Grant – meaning use specifically for music, theatre, visual art and dance – now will get moved to the “trust us” category.

    The second big vote will be to approve the staff reduction to balance the budget.

    Be a geek like me and sign up to get board agendas and minutes by going to the following page and click on the links that say “click here to get board meeting agendas.” You can even download the agendas and minutes to see what’s up.

    Available parents who care about this stuff should be there and be counted.

    Yours in the belief that knowledge is, in fact, power,

    Eagle Rock Katy (lausd parent and teacher)

    P.S. I posted this in budget comment line, too. 🙂

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