Providing training in the arts for classroom teachers, school administrators, teaching artists and community partners.

Recognizing the urgent need for students to be engaged in their education and to find relevancy in their classroom experiences, the Inner-City Arts Professional Development Institute provides training for all educators.

A 5 day course designed for k-12 classroom teachers and teaching artists.

A Partnership with UCLA TEP

Teachers Institute

A two-year course study providing arts training for new teachers committed to working in high-poverty schools.

How to bridge arts instruction with other core content areas through social-emotional learning.

In The Professional Development Institute, educators and administrators, particularly those in high-poverty schools, learn how to build bridges between the arts and academic subjects. Program participants learn how to engage students in their own learning, enhancing each student's ability to achieve academic and personal success.


Five fun and engaging workshops for K12 classroom teachers.


Visual Arts, Ceramics, Playmaking, Dance, Drama, Poetry, Music, Common Core Connections, ELD Strategies, Community Building, Restorative Practices, Integration of the Arts Across the Curriculum, Social-Emotional and Trauma-Informed Focus



8 Sessions |  Join in the fun and get creative!
Michelle Solorio will guide you through a wide range of techniques in clay including pinching, coiling, hand building and wheel throwing. Designed for all skill levels.

Feb 9, 16, 23
March 2, 9, 16, 30
April 13



For those who want to develop their repertoire of activities and creative approaches in their work with students, teachers, colleagues or clients. Designed for classroom teachers, teaching artists, performers, artists, mental health professionals and community members.


Bookmaking, poetry, drawing, cartooning, animation, dance, storytelling, songwriting, watercolor, visual narratives ... and much more!


Upcoming Dates for Professional Development

Creativity in the Classroom Spring 2019

  • March 9
  • March 16
  • March 23
  • April 6
  • May 4

Adults Creating in Clay 2019

  • February 9
  • February 16
  • February 23
  • March 2
  • March 9
  • March 16
  • March 30
  • April 13


Creativity Practicum Summer 2019

  • July 10
  • July 11
  • July 12
  • July 15
  • July 16

For more information about the Inner-City Arts Professional Development Institute, including registration information and other opportunities, please contact the department by email:

Mike Halverson
Professional Development Manager
213.627.9621 x 113

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“I had let time restrictions and mandates close my thinking. I now feel much stronger about the need for the arts. I can see new connections between subjects. I’m getting more of a sense of hope.”

– Laura D., 2nd grade teacher, Professional Development participant