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!

December 7th & 8th – Los Angeles, California

Join us for this year's Winter Solstice edition of the Big Orange Door series! A curious girl, a fearless grandmother, and 3 happy dogs have an adventure discovering all the true stars hidden in their neighborhood.

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Celebrating One Year at Children’s Institute

  “My experience at Inner-City Arts at Children’s Institute was amazing. I had so much fun working with my friends and learning about animation. We worked in groups and made silhouette animations too. The characters we made were silly and the plot of the story was funny. I got to wear a wig and dance […]

Announcing LA SPEAKS: On the Evolution of the Artist

Inner-City Arts is excited to debut a new series presented by The Rosenthal Theater called LA SPEAKS, a gathering and platform for voices in our community. In our first installment, LA SPEAKS: On the Evolution of the Artist, we welcome teen participants to engage with professionals and emerging creatives on November 3, 2018 on the Inner-City Arts campus. 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.