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.

The Latest News

Summer on Seventh Recap Video

What a night! In many ways, this event has become one of our favorites to produce. It is the one time each year when we have the special opportunity to welcome hundreds of our friends and supporters to our home. We hope that you enjoyed the amazing musical performances, the tasty food and drinks, and had […]

A Summer to Remember

  [ View all photos from Summer Institutes Showcase here ] We love summers at Inner-City Arts. It’s a wondrous time for guided discovery, innovation, relationship-building and growth. As our high school students wrap yet another creative season on our campus, they have experienced nothing short of just that!  This session, our versatile high school programming […]

Celebrating Our Elders: A Portfolio Drawing Series

  View more photos here Students in the high school Portfolio Drawing Workshop had the opportunity to stretch their skills and pick up fundamental drawing techniques in a unique setting this Spring session. During a five-week series created to encourage students to accurately observe and experiment new ways to “draw from life,” teaching artist Joannza Lo invited a handful […]

"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.