LAUSD Arts Education Partners with LA Promise Fund with Support from the Getty Foundation for PST: LA/LA Events

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 19, 2017) — The L.A.Unified Arts Education Branch is partnering with the LA Promise Fund, with support from the Getty Foundation, to provide L.A. Unified teachers with resources and professional development opportunities for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (PST: LA/LA). Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, which was launched on September 14, 2017, celebrates the arts beyond borders through a series of events and exhibitions of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. The broad range of PST: LA/LA exhibitions presents an opportunity to connect students with their heritage and identity, and to strengthen the relationship between schools and museums throughout Los Angeles.

Professional development sessions for secondary teachers, grades 6-12, were created to help instructors connect to the themes of PST: LA/LA exhibitions, and to utilize arts integration strategies. By attending the paid, full-day sessions, secondary teachers will be eligible for a free bus for their students to visit a museum or gallery that is participating in the PST: LA/LA initiative during the 2017-2018 school year. The sessions will take place on Saturday, October 7 and Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Esteban Torres High School library. Secondary teachers for grades 6-12 can sign up by emailing Megan.Hannen@lausd.net.

Teachers will be provided with research-based instructional strategies for all content areas, as well as with techniques for utilizing technology to support teaching in the arts. Free copies of five standards-aligned teacher resource guides that highlight PST: LA/LA exhibitions will be distributed, highlighting tools and templates to develop lesson plans inspired by a diverse portfolio of artwork from Latin American and Latino artists.

“Through these professional developments, our teachers will be better able to connect students with their heritage and identity, and to link to common core curriculum in Visual Arts, Social Sciences/History, and English Language Arts,” said L.A. Unified Senior Executive Director of Arts Education Rory Pullens.

As part of the PST: LA/LA program, LA Promise Fund also created an Education Grant Program for teachers to receive $500-$1,000 in funding to support instructional activities that increase student access to arts-making tools and materials. The grant program provides educators with the necessary funds to implement lessons aligned to Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibitions and Teacher Resource Guides that enables students to create works to enter in the Student Arts Contest. Details about the grant program can be found at www.lapromisefund.org/artsmatter. Chosen teachers will be announced by September 30, 2017.

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Contact: Steven McCarthy – (213) 241-8222
Director, Arts Education Branch steven.mccarthy@lausd.net