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A Party 30 Years in the Making ✨ Mark your calendars for Sunday, Nov. 3 for an eclectic evening hosted by long-time supporter Glorya Kaufman to celebrate our history, while supporting our future. Join us on a campus transformed—for dinner, cocktails, performances and hands-on art-making—as we honor Co-Founder and Artistic Director Bob Bates with the Lifetime Achievement Award and unveil 30 Visions, an art exhibit highlighting work inspired by Inner-City Arts. Explore the power of creativity. Click the #linkinbio!

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Is it art or is it architecture? 🤔💪🏽✨⚙️It’s BOTH! In last week’s Inner-City Arts’ STEAM Connections Professional Development session, educators used art, design, architecture, engineering, math and imagination to create Railroad Board Sculptures. ➡️ to see how they turned out!

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Jurassic Arts. 🦖 ✨ In Perspectives In Photography & Drawing, we tried out forced perspective photography - and Inner-City Arts student Frida almost got eaten by a dinosaur. #ARTFINDSAWAY

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❤️☺️From this weekend’s Youth Performance Ensemble’s production of Anywhere & Everywhere, In Our America. If you came to the shows, you know that this production was difficult, uncomfortable, and complex, but this is what it sometimes feels like to turn pain into hope through art - and we hope you felt something like this too. View all the amazing photos of Anywhere & Everywhere, In Our America in #linkinbio! 📸: @aaanthonytran

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“Look, Mami!” ✨❤️ | #TFW you get to show your family what you’ve been working on all summer. It’s showcase week and we can wait to share all the incredible things that our students have been working on. Stay tuned for photos!

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We are honored to create a platform for the voices and stories of these young artists and can’t wait to share them with you for two powerful sold out performances this weekend of the Youth Performance Ensemble show “Anywhere & Everywhere in Our America” in @therosenthaltheater! Photos by: @aaanthonytran

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An incredibly special thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for awarding Inner-City Arts $30,000 in support of our media arts programming - helping us provide equal access to Animation, Filmmaking, Graphic Design, Media Arts, and more workshops to hundreds of students each year. And thank you to @j_corden for accepting this award our behalf this week! ✨📸❤️

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#TBT to last month’s Urban Sketching workshop at @rowdtla! ✏️Over the course of the summer, students are visiting different architectural gems across Downtown Los Angeles and developing a daily practice of recording, observing, and appreciating through bold, fast sketches.

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THIS SATURDAY, 2 & 6 PM | Please join us for this weekend’s performance of Anywhere & Everywhere, In Our America from our Youth Performance Ensemble in @therosenthaltheater! They have worked tirelessly for the past two months to write, choreograph, and produce original pieces of theater, dance, and more. We are deeply proud of the courage and vulnerability they have poured into this production. RVSP in the link in bio! Swipe ➡️ for amazing photos (by our teaching artist assistant Karina Mata) of a few members of the cast.

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A selection of photos from last Friday’s Family Workshop, where children and parents photographed themselves and each other - creating narratives through the visual exploration of photography and in the process, learning more about each other’s life experiences. 📸❤️✨

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Today, students explored photo emulsions and created visual poems, portraits, or abstract compositions that remind us of Man Ray’s surrealist rayographs.✨💛🌞Here Inner-City Arts student Luna holds up her work for the very first time after exposing the photo sensitive fabric and solution to sun.

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Starting off Monday with a bang! 💥🎬✨A huge thank you to Jordan Peele’s production company @monkeypawproductions for talking with our Intermediate Movie Making Workshop students about the changing culture of the industry, how to get your foot in the door as an intern, and much more! #mondaymotivation

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EDUCATORS: Earn one LAUSD salary point as you explore engaging activities that integrate the A in STEAM! Join with colleagues in developing strategies for classroom implementation during this two-session series for K-12 teachers, teaching artists, and other community members. Registration for this August 1 & 2 workshop is due on July 15! ⚙️🎹🎨🧬Find more info at https://inner-cityarts.org/professionaldevelopment.

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“Sometimes, I wouldn’t be able to get out of bed or step out of the house […] So what I used to do, and what I still do, is put some music on and dance […] dancing puts me back into reality and makes me feel not alone — I’m with the music and I’m in tap with, like, my own self." In Episode II of Artists in the Hood, hosts (and Inner-City Arts students) Alejandro and Cindy speak candidly about how art has helped them cope with anxiety, depression, and trauma. Head over to @workofartradio to listen!

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In Introduction to Drawing, students were given a paper bag with an unknown object and asked to blindly contour draw what they felt - relying only on texture, shape, and their intuition. ✨🖋

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Last week, we welcomed guest artist Jasmine Burgos to lead a session with our Repertory Dance Company! Students learned the fundamental vocabulary and cultural history of Salsa. ✨

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Did you know that arts education supports literacy development? During the 2018-19 academic year, 88% of student classroom teachers reported improvements in their students' language development (including speaking, listening, reading, and writing) after attending our Learning and Achieving Through the Arts program. Thank you to the @DodgersFoundation for supporting our mission and providing access to arts education for youth at critical engagement stages! #BiggerThanBaseball

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Creativity Practicum is an innovative summer program designed for classroom teachers, teaching artists, performers, mental health professionals, and community members. This five-day program (starting on Wed., 8/7) emphasizes joyful learning and implementing strategies that support individual growth, community development, and restorative practices. Earn two LAUSD salary points as well! To find more info & register: inner-cityarts.org/professionaldevelopment

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Some of our middle schoolers joined the @chargers rookies for a special trip through @caaminla’s #ErnieBarnes exhibition, followed by a drawing workshop! Thanks to our new friends who inspire us to try new things and dream big ✨🏈 💙⚡️✏️ Swipe for some snaps! We can’t wait to share more.

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30 years ago Bob Bates was inspired by a vision to ‘get an art space for kids.’ In honor of our 30-year history, and this year’s Imagine Awards Lifetime Achievement honoree and Inner-City Arts Co-Founder Bob Bates, we're presenting an exhibition spotlighting 30 different visions — visions from current students, past alumni, supporters, local artists, staff members, volunteers, co-founders, community leaders and more — each highlighting the impact of our history, while providing inspiration for our future. ✨ Do you have a poem, film, sculpture, painting, dance, piece of art that expresses your vision for the future? Inner-City Arts' friends are encouraged to send in their art, video, music, performance (and more!) submissions for review, and consideration before Monday, July 15th. Submit here: bit.ly/ica30visions or click the link in bio!

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Our summer programs have begun with a bang! 📸💥 In the first session of our Perspectives in Photography & Drawing workshop, students had to inhabit the perspective of animals - lizards, ants, giraffes, birds - and take photos of how they think they would experience the world!

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Work of Art Radio presents Artists in the Hood 📻🔥A podcast for teens by teens that speaks out on the struggles of being an artist in the hood | From writing, hosting, producing, sound mixing, designing, editing, and social media managing, the Work of Art leadership team has been working on the first season of their podcast for the past few months. This podcast features honest discussions about art and mental health and cultural appropriation, and interviews with artists about how their environment has influenced their work. @workofartradio is proud to present the first episode with @team__oh of @bbq.la, @whotfisjaredfonseca, and @laundr0matt. Listen in the link in bio!

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Happy #NationalSelfieDay, but with an Inner-City Arts twist. 👁 👁 👃🏽 〰️

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Directors and producers sometimes have the most fun. 😊❤️3rd graders from Lockwood Elementary behind the camera in Media Arts!

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Kick off your Memorial Day Weekend with a special $10 discount on your #Summeron7th tickets! Use code: 2019S7MDW 🎟️❤️ Support our impact in the community and ensure that students from underserved LA neighborhoods have access to a dynamic arts education all while having an awesome time.😊✨🕺 And while you're getting $10 off, snag our special VIP food & beverage package that includes VIP entrance and your meal & drinks for the evening! Tap the photo for all appearances! LINK IN BIO FOR TICKETS.

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TOMORROW, MAY 23 4:30-6PM | 🔥✨ Inner-City Arts Repertory Dance Company Auditions & Interviews. Open to LA dancers ages 15 to 19. Be prepared to learn choreography and share your passion for dance at the audition. You don’t need to prepare your own piece! For more info, contact Marissa Herrera, Artistic Director at marissa@inner-cityarts.org. #InnerCityArtsFashion. Swipe for full flyer (and some awesome photos of our dancers in action).

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At the heart of #SummeronSeventh is a celebration of creativity. 🎨✨🔥 In just a few weeks, our campus will be taken over by video work, interactive & site-specific installations, and neon art by @danacarly_ , @debrascaccostudio, @daviaking, @ryrocklen, @theneonqueen, and of course, our very own students. Join us for a night of live music on our rooftop, food trucks, cocktails, art, and so much more — all in support of our mission! LINK IN PROFILE FOR TICKETS.

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This weekend, Congressman Jimmy Gomez hosted the 35th #CongressionalArtCompetition on our campus. The winner gets to travel to Washington DC to see their work exhibited alongside student artists around the country! Pictured is 3rd place winner Kayla next to her piece “My Connection. My Los Angeles.” that thanks #LA for shaping her into the person she is.

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Behind the curtain at our Shadow & Play theater performance this past weekend! A huge thank you to all the children and families that came to @TheRosenthalTheater at Inner-City Arts for a morning of shadow puppet making and storytelling — and thank you to @uprr Foundation for supporting equal access to spaces that celebrate cultural diversity and artistic expressions for our community.

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Sometimes our rooftop turns into an outdoor studio for over 620 students to paint together as a community and sometimes it turns into a concert venue where you can dance to @best_coast, @shanandtheclams, @pntbtrwlf + @jrocc210 against the DTLA skyline in support of equal access to #artsed for LA youth. Join us for #Summeron7th on Sat. 6/8 for a live rooftop concert, food trucks, and art installations. Tap the photo for all appearances. TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW. LINK IN BIO! 📸: @spacelandla for last year’s #Summeron7th

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Summer at Inner-City Arts! ✨ From Introduction to Video Game Design to Wheel-Throwing & Handbuilding, Explorations in Watercolor Painting to Fundamentals of Dance, we're excited to announce 50 WORKSHOPS available this summer to middle and high school students. Join us for our Open House & Registration on Thurs. May 30th - Sat. June 1st. Find full course descriptions, all tuition waiver information, and important details: inner-cityarts.org/institutes

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TICKET GIVEAWAY: *Like,* *follow,* and *tag* THREE people in the comments for a chance at free tickets for you and your three best friends. 🕺🏽🎫💃🏿 Swipe to see how we feel about it. 😊 Dance, eat, explore, create - all in support of our mission to provide equal access to #artsed for underserved LA kids and teens. Join @innercityarts on Sat. 6/8 for a live rooftop concert, food trucks, and art installations. Tap the photo for all appearances! #Summeron7th WINNERS SELECTED NEXT TUESDAY AT NOON. UPDATE: Ticket giveaway closed!

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"I remember Bob. I remember walking from 9th St. Elementary and up these stairs into this small art studio. It was the first time I ever drew on a big piece of paper that wasn't a coloring book. It was so different from everything else I had experienced." | 30 years ago Inner-City Arts was a small studio space on Olympic Boulevard. In its inaugural year, Inner-City Arts served a total of 60 elementary school students from 9th Street Elementary School. Last week, one of those students came back. 💛 Pierre (pictured) came with @lionsgate for a group volunteer day and surprised us with his memories! A huge thank you to Lionsgate for volunteering and giving us this special moment! #lionshares

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We know that "Thank You" encapsulates only an iota of the gratitude and awe we have for teachers — for the teachers who challenge us, who open our minds (and our hearts), who help us channel our immense creativity. But we'll say it anyway — Thank You. In honor of #TeacherAppreciationWeek, share a memory of a teacher that showed you the power of art in the comments below! 📸: @aaanthonytran

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This June, we can't wait to listen to @best_coast and @shanandtheclams while (gracefully) stuffing our faces with incredibly yummy eats at #Summeron7th. And we can't wait to then wash down those incredibly yummy eats with some refreshing libations. 🍹🍻 @eversonroycebar and @artsdistrictwines will be hosting our bars. Food appearances from @cassellshamburgers, @chineselaundryinla, @comfort_la, @guerrillatacos, @pizzanista, @plantfoodforppl, @manueladtla, and more! Did you grab your tickets yet? What are you waiting for?! LINK IN BIO.

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High school students designed album covers to accompany their original tracks created in Digital Music Production in our Visual, Media, and Performing Arts Institutes Winter Session. 🎵 Many thanks to @att for supporting Digital Music Production at Inner-City Arts and providing opportunities for young people to communicate their spirits and stories through music. #ATTImpact

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Creativity Lab Fashion ⚪️➖⚪️➖⚪️➖⚪️Today 5th grader Jeremiah wore his own foam and toothpick sculpture while making a foam and toothpick sculpture. 😊 #InnerCityArtsFashion

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Last month, our Work of Art student Gieneyra spent the day with @nickanimation for a shadow day! Here are some of the awesome photos she took.✨🤓Thank you to everyone who made this day possible! #Repost @gieneyra ・・・ I want to thank @innercityarts for providing me a shadow day at Nickelodeon animation studios. It's wild to see the behind the scenes of TV animation.

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That feeling when you’ve finally figured it out and you’re pretty darn proud. 💪🏽🤓 Students created modular origami in The Creativity Lab today!

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“I am a really quiet student, but I am quite intelligent.” ✨ Self-portrait by Inner-City Arts student Karol S., 6th Grade

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JUST ADDED: @SHANANDTHECLAMS WILL TAKE THE STAGE AT #SUMMERON7TH IN SUPPORT OF EQUAL ACCESS TO #ARTSED FOR LA KIDS AND TEENS 🎶🖤💣🎤🎼Sorry - we didn’t mean to shout. Well actually we did. We just can’t wait to bust open the doors of summer with a rooftop concert by @spacelandla, art, open studios, food trucks, cocktails, and more. All proceeds support high quality arts instruction and programming for underserved LA youth. Tickets are on sale now! Link in bio!

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#FlashbackFriday to 2010 when @ChanningTatum played paintball with us in support of equal access to #artsed. Today also happens to be Channing Tatum’s birthday - Feliz Cumpleaños, Channing! 🎂🎉Rematch soon?

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The art of friendship.✨🤝

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Was this the ceramic creature that launch’d a thousand ships and burnt the calescent kilns of Inner-City Arts? ❤️✨😊 Students crafted creatures in our ceramics studio this week!

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“Who’s ready!?”🙋🏽‍♀️🙋🏾‍♂️🙋🏾‍♀️🙋🏾‍♂️🙋🏾‍♀️🙋🏾‍♂️🙋🏾‍♀️🙋🏾‍♂️Teaching artist Eva gets students ready to explore perspectives, shadows, and shapes in our Visual Arts studio.

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JUST ADDED: A SPECIAL 45S B2B SET BY J.Rocc + Peanut Butter Wolf 🆘💯‼️📢🚨🎟️ We're incredibly excited to welcome @jrocc210 and @pntbtrwlf back to the #Summeron7th stage! On June 8, listen to @best_coast against the skyline of DTLA, dance while the sun sets, drink a little, eat DEFINITELY not a little, enjoy our open studios, see and interact with so much art — all in support of equal access to #artsed for LA kids and teens. LINK IN BIO FOR TICKETS.

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More photos from last Saturday’s Visual, Media, and Performing Art Institutes culmination for our high school and middle school students!

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Work of Art students Nico and Christian had an amazing shadow day at @interscope! They had the chance to meet with team members and directors of marketing, creative content, A&R, labs, and more. A HUGE thank you to everyone who coordinated this and took time out of their schedules to give advice, talk honestly about their mistakes, share their proudest moments, and take us along their creative and professional journeys. 🙌🏽🎶🎹

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WE'RE HIRING | Inner-City Arts is looking for a Graphic Design Teaching Artist (P/T) to design and implement a robust graphic design curriculum for our programs, focusing primarily on serving middle and high school students in our out-of-school time Institutes Program. If you’re a creative individual who is focused on learning-by-doing processes that combine artistry, exploration, and craftsmanship, then this position is for you! ✨ Find more info or share with your network here: inner-cityarts.org/employment

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Weaving from this weekend’s Visual, Media, and Performing Arts Institute culmination! We are so proud of our middle and high school students for the hard work they’ve poured into their art these past few months. ➡️ for photos of some amazing details!