Since its start, Inner-City Arts has served over 200,000 students and 10,000 teachers in the Los Angeles area. Every year, more than 5,000 elementary school students receive high-quality arts education on the Inner-City Arts campus thanks to a unique partnership with LAUSD. More than 1,000 middle and high school students engage in creative workshops at Inner-City Arts after school, on weekends, and during the summer.

Our unique approach to arts education brings students K-12 to our campus—an oasis of creativity and learning in the heart of Skid Row—to create alongside teaching artists in well-equipped visual and performing art studios.

The Professional Development Institute supports public education through programming designed to provided educators and administrators with strategies for integrating creative practices into classroom curriculum.

The Rosenthal Theater is a state-of-the-art performance space and creative home for innovative and diverse performance, education and engagement for students, artists, and the community.

Join us at our next event!

October 13, 2018 – Los Angeles, California

Honoring Craig and Marion Benell with the Philanthropic Leadership Award and Beth Tishler with the Lifetime Achievement Award

Celebrate creativity and become an Inner-City Arts student for a night! Join us for an evening of cocktails, dinner, and interactive live studios! Experience firsthand the power of arts education by exploring your own creativity in various visual, media, and performing arts activities.

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Bob Smiland Featured on VoyageLA

From VoyageLA‘s “Meet Bob Smiland of Inner-City Arts“: Bob, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far. Life growing up in a modest income family in South Los Angeles was a great joy; I didn’t know any different. We didn’t have a car […]

Featured on with Martellus Bennett

Earlier this year, Martellus Bennett retired from the NFL to build a company he’d been thinking about for a long time: the Imagination Agency, which creates multimedia stories for children. We spend a day with him, from big presentations to the Kids’ Choice Awards. View the video featuring Bennett’s visit to Inner-City Arts on

"When I’m at Inner-City Arts, I feel like I’m in a secure place in which I am not judged and am able to be myself."

– Anthony Carrillo, Inner-City Arts student


Our programs increase children's reading, English, and math skills.

Children who attend classes at Inner-City Arts score dramatically better in math, creativity and language arts. Our programs help students to be more focused and engaged in the classroom, enabling them to have better control over their future.


"I’m getting more of a sense of hope."

Inner-City Arts offers a safe, creative space where students are invited to explore. There are a few ways you can support us in our mission to transform lives with the power of the arts.