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.


The Latest News

Sci-Arc's Pop-Arc Programming Launches at Inner-City Arts

SCI-Arc students and Design Immersion Days & Youth Outreach Coordinator Mira Henry explored the relationship between creative thinking and making with a group of high school students from Inner-City Arts at ZOOM!, a one-day immersive workshop. The arts-focused, LA-based community organization of 25+ years played host to one of the Institute’s first installments of POP-Arc, a […]

Grant from S. Mark Taper Foundation to Support the Professional Development...

We are excited to announce Inner-City Arts has received a $150,000, three-year grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation to support and assist in further advancement of the existing Professional Development Institute program. The Professional Development Institute at Inner-City Arts supports public education through a rigorous program designed to provided classroom teachers with engaging and […]

Give us a beat.

  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 […]

"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.