Arts Education Branch Launches ‘Let’s Celebrate’ Festivals

LOS ANGELES – After a successful series opener, the next Let’s Celebrate! Arts Festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, at 4 p.m at Esteban Torres—East LA Performing Arts Magnet.

The festival, which will be held at 4211 Dozier Street, Los Angeles 90063, features nearly 400 students from across the Los Angeles Unified School District. A special celebrity guest, Grammy Award winner Matt Sorum, drummer for Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, opens the festivities with a special performance by L.A. Unified alum Liam Kevany, now at USC. This event is free and open to the public.

This past Saturday, the District’s Arts Education Branch kicked off its Let’s Celebrate! galas with the Chorale Music Festival at North Hollywood High School. An estimated 400 students from seven schools across the District displayed their vocal talents for family and friends. The grand finale featured a combined choir from attending schools performing the first movement of the hymn “Gloria,” by Antonio Vivaldi.

The enthusiastic audience also heard Ralph Johnson, percussionist and vocalist with the legendary band Earth, Wind & Fire, extol the virtues of arts education, including the critical role it played in his own success.

School Board Member Tamar Galatzan offered strong support for the allocation of sufficient resources to the arts education programs throughout the District. Twin sisters and L.A. Unified graduates Madeleine and Melina Adragna performed a heart-stirring operatic duet.

“Music helps students to dream and gives them hope,” said Steven Shin, a District music instructor. “I have seen how arts education helps our students to believe and achieve their dreams. I love being a part of helping them to excel through the arts.”

“These festivals strengthen the LAUSD family,” said Rory Pullens, Executive Director of Arts Education, “and they allow parents and the broader community to rally around positive expression through the arts. The awareness continues to grow about the immense artistic talent in LAUSD, and we have an obligation and a commitment to include the arts in our students’ educational experience.”