LAUSD Presents Let’s Celebrate! Grand Arts Festival at Grand Park on April 16

LOS ANGELES - In the heart of downtown; within view of city hall and other iconic architectural buildings and works of art, Grand Park will be the spotlight for a very spectacular display of talent from all five local school districts within LAUSD.

The LAUSD Grand Arts Festival, hosted by the Arts Education Branch at downtown’s Grand Park on April 16, 2016 from 10am to 7pm, celebrates LAUSD’s unique and diverse artistic culture. 15,000 Festival attendees are expected to attend this free, public event. Festival goers will witness over 2,000 LAUSD student performers on four stages, a student visual arts gallery, and a film festival of original student films being sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. There will be scores of informational and interactive booths from community arts partners, LAUSD arts schools, and higher education institutions, as well as family activities and food trucks.

“My film and media students are ready,” says former entertainment industry insider Aaron Lemos, current veteran master instructor of digital media and film at John F. Kennedy Senior High School in Granada Hills. Mr. Lemos’ students are superstars in their own right, heading to national competitions in late May to maintain their championship titles. “We look forward to the Grand Arts Festival this year to see what the other students are expressing through digital media and film, have fun, and celebrate the young people’s talent and artistry.”

This year’s Arts Festival will also feature some professional performers on the festival main stage. This opportunity to connect with professionals has schools excited. “This is the first time our choir will be on the main stage performing,” says Dr. Iris Stevenson, longtime chair of the music department at our beloved Crenshaw Senior High School in the heart of south Los Angeles. “I have taken these kids all over the world to perform, and it is so good to share our talent at home.”

LAUSD will also highlight its partnerships with top entertainment entities like Nickelodeon Studios who will bring their illustration artists to interact with festival goers and participate in presentations on what it takes to have a career in the entertainment industry. The upcoming Festival will also be highlighted in a new KLCS television series, Spotlight Arts! in early April, created and produced by the Arts Education Branch.

Thirty year veteran master instructor of visual arts and mixed media Shirley Harris of Garfield High School is excited about the Grand Arts Festival, “I have been teaching in this district for a long time; this is one of the most well organized events, and my students are looking forward to it!”

“We are all in this together,” says Rory Pullens, executive director of LAUSD Arts Education, “We have growing partnerships with the entertainment and the arts community network that will provide a very interactive Festival experience to parents, students and the community. This is one event that every LA family who values the arts won’t want to miss!

About LAUSD:
Second largest in the nation, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) enrolls nearly 650,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, at over 900 schools, and 187 public charter schools that offer a variety of specialized and comprehensive educational programs. The boundaries spread over 720 square miles in six local districts that include the metropolitan city of Los Angeles as well as all or parts of 31 smaller municipalities and several unincorporated sections of Southern California.

About the Arts Education Branch:
Part of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Arts Education Branch partners with local and national arts, entertainment and philanthropic communities to collaboratively support the growth of a robust arts culture. Nearly 650,000 K-12 students receive a comprehensive and challenging visual and performing arts curriculum. The Arts Education Branch sponsors school, family, and community arts-related programs and staff professional development for cutting-edge arts education design and implementation.

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Contact: Dr. Steven McCarthy, K-12 Arts Coordinator, (213) 241 8222

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