Southern California Program

Armory Center for the Arts

Arts and Culture
Pasadena, CA
June 2015

The Armory Center for the Arts will expand its Community Pathways Program, which provides free arts education year round to underserved youth, families and juvenile offenders in low income neighborhoods.  The goal is to use art to promote skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and respectful interaction with peers and teachers.  Art forms will include aerosol art, screen printing, graphic design, digital photography, collaborative mural-making and drama.  The W. M. Keck Foundation’s three-year grant will extend the program to an additional 900 youth in Boyle Heights, many of whom are dealing with homelessness, violence and involvement in the juvenile justice or foster care systems.  Arts courses, taught by professionally trained Armory Teaching Artists, will be offered at six sites:  Learning Works @ Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles County Central Juvenile Hall, Second Street Elementary School, Proyecto Pastoral, Ben Franklin Library and Legacy LA @ Hazard Park Armory.

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