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The Professional Development Institute at Inner-City Arts addresses current and pressing needs in education including arts and arts-integrated learning, Social-Emotional Learning, culturally responsive teaching, and learning through multiple modalities. We offer education and support for adults in authentic arts practice and integrating it into teaching practice.

Recognizing the urgent need for students to be engaged in their education and to find relevance in their classroom experiences, the Inner-City Arts Professional Development Institute provides training for adults who support students. We serve educators, parents and guardians, and the community in understanding and experiencing the strong, positive, and educational impact of arts and arts-integrated learning.

A deep dive into best practices for K-12 classroom teachers and teaching artists.

PD's Greatest Hits!

Teachers Institute

These are arts education's classic feel-good-jams for summer!

Arts Educator Training For Youth

Teachers Institute

Are you in high school and interested in learning more about how to teach the arts, not just do them?

University Partnerships Supporting Teachers

Teachers Institute

Partnerships with university teacher-credentialing programs providing best practices in arts education to future teachers.

Resources for Educators & Parents/Guardians

Resources for Educators & Parents/Guardians

Strategies and activities for you and your students at home and online.

In the Professional Development Institute, educators, administrators, parents, and guardians, particularly those in schools grappling with high levels of economic inequity, learn how to build bridges between the arts and academic subjects. Program participants learn how to actively engage students and enhance each student's ability to achieve academic and personal success.

With special thanks to our supporters who make this program possible:

The Canet Foundation, DEW Foundation, LA Arts Recovery Fund, Mythical Entertainment, Rosenthal Family Foundation, and The Theodore J. Forstmann Charitable Trust.

Important Dates for Professional Development

Join us for our Summer 2022 Creativity in the Classroom workshops and more!

  • Arts Educator Training for Youth (July 11 - 15, 2022)
  • Creativity in the Classroom (July 25 - 29, 2022)
  • Professional Development’s Greatest Hits (August 1 - 5, 2022)

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

Tiffany Owens
Associate Director of Professional Development
tiffany@inner-cityarts.org
213.627.9621 x 112

“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

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