3D Hands Arwork
Inner-City Arts Takes Solvency Steps to Ensure Continued Programming During COVID-19

“3D Hands” student artwork created with 3D pens from Teaching Artist Eva Perez’ Introduction to Drawing class, Summer 2017   Dear Community, Since March, Inner-City Arts has undertaken changes to our 2020 strategy to respond to the impacts of COVID-19. Arts organizations everywhere are being tested by enormous financial upheaval and extraordinary stress. Like our […]

We stand by our Black community.
Inner-City Arts’ Statement on Black Lives Matter

Families, Friends, Staff, and Supporters: We stand with our Black community and join everyone of good conscience in anguish over the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade—just the most recent examples of police brutality and racial bias in a disturbing, systemic pattern that has taken too many lives. This ongoing […]

#spreadheART feed collage
Skid Row education nonprofit launches global art campaign in partnership with...

#spreadheART aims to connect people across distances with inspiring, artistic messages of hope and healing Los Angeles, CA—With school campuses and arts institutions shuttered since March, cultural and educational organizations everywhere have swiftly transformed their service models for virtual spaces. In the case of creative learning center Inner-City Arts, that has meant engaging its young […]

CEO Bob Smiland in Inner-City Arts Studio
In The Press: President & CEO Bob Smiland interviewed in The...

Inner-City Arts President and CEO Bob Smiland was recently interviewed by The Pasadena Outlook about his professional journey from successful corporate executive to passionate nonprofit arts leader: “I’ve learned how devastating life is for so many people in our inner city. Students come here from very tough situations, violence and hunger and poverty,” Smiland said. “Our […]

The Biebers x Inner-City Arts

Special thanks to Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber for curating an art auction and selecting Inner-City Arts as one of the non-profit beneficiaries along with LIFT Los Angeles. The LA art-loving community gathered at TA’s Artist Space in Beverly Hills to take a peek at the Bieber’s private collection, including pieces from Takashi Murakami, and […]

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Creators of a New Age: Summer Photography Workshops Meditate on Birthplace,...

This summer’s Red Hook Labs x Inner-City Arts Summer 2019 photography courses focused on fashion photography and portraiture. With guidance from teaching artist Collette McGruder, students created images across various sites, including the Santa Monica National Forest. These young photographers drew inspiration from specific sites to launch an unexpected visual dialogue about youth, nature, history, […]