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 elementary, middle and high school students to our award-winning campus—an oasis of creativity and learning in one of the nation's poorest neighborhoods—to work alongside teaching artists in well-equipped visual art studios and performance spaces.

The Inner-City Arts Professional Development Institute provides educators—classroom teachers, administrators, university students, and teaching artists—the tools to build bridges between the arts and academic subjects, improving student literacy and overall academic achievement, and raising teacher retention rates.

The Rosenthal Theater — a state-of-the-art performance space located on our campus — is creative home to innovative and diverse performance, education, and artist engagement. Through the theater, Inner-City Arts is able to activate local community members and partners in transforming our city through the arts.

Join us at our next event!

March 15th, 2017

Lineage Entertainment Group and The Rosenthal Theater present Eastside Poetry, an open mic night -- part of our Behind the Mic series -- featuring dance, music and poetry! Hosted by Nicole Serrano. All ages welcome.


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  To view photos, click Next.  “More hi-hat,” one student exclaims.  “Less cowbell,” responds another. Outside of the Inner-City Arts music studio, these 7th graders from Aspire Pacific Elementary are named Anthony and Adrian. In this Digital Music Production class, however, they go by their self-selected artist/stage names: Icekillz and The Gizmo. Together, they labor over their […]

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Nestled among nondescript warehouses and infamous streets, Inner-City Arts in downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row is an oasis for artistic growth and self-exploration that serves more than 8,000 students each year. Read more and view photo essay on Youth Today.

Thank you for your support!

We are overwhelmed with gratitude. Thanks to the charitable support of our community, friends, supporters and donors, we have surpassed our year-end goal of $80,000 and closed our campaign fundraising more than $130,000 for the youth of Inner-City Arts! Thank you for supporting our team’s efforts to ensure that children and teens in our city […]

"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.