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 to create alongside teaching artists in well-equipped visual and performing art studios.

The Professional Development Institute provides educators and administrators with strategies for integrating creative practices into classroom curriculum.

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

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November 3, 2019 | Los Angeles, California

Hosted by Glorya Kaufman
Honoring Bob Bates with the Lifetime Achievement Award


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“I had a vision…” 30 years ago artist and educator Bob Bates was inspired by a vision to ‘get an art space for kids.’ So often on tours, in the studios, or during staff gatherings, we are transported to the origin story of Inner-City Arts with Bob Bates’ famous introduction, “I had a vision…” This […]

"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.