Inner-City Arts provides students with the tools and skills they need to succeed academically and personally.

Since 1989, Inner-City Arts has brought life-changing opportunities to more than 200,000 children living in Los Angeles' most challenging neighborhoods.

School day: K-6th grades

Learning & Achieving Through The Arts

Learner-centered, research-based visual and performing arts instruction in partnership with LA schools during the school day.

After school and weekends: 4th-12th grades

The Visual, Media & Performing Arts Institutes

Self-select, creative arts classes in a variety of disciplines. Summer classes include K-12th grades.

Training, mentorship, and real-world experience necessary to prepare young creatives for professional life beyond high school.

Arts workshops for K-12 educators

Learn arts strategies and activities for direct classroom application in all subject areas.

Creative home for innovative and diverse performances

Nurturing and illuminating creative space for young people and adults in the community. Students create, present, and experience new work; many performances open to the public.

Resources to ensure our students thrive

Support for student well being, access to learning tools, and connection to the local community in our list of available resources.

"We have created a learning environment that goes far beyond experimenting with art supplies and playing dress up. It is a bridge between the demands of the often-difficult lives of our children and the world of academic achievement. Our young people have a safe place to create and believe in the brilliance of their own future."  

– Bob Bates, Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director