LOS ANGELES MUSIC AND ART SCHOOL

Creative Paths, Creative Futures!

aka LAMusArt   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.lamusart.org

Mission

The Los Angeles Music and Art School (LAMusArt) is a 501 (c )(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide underserved students of the East Los Angeles community with equitable, multidisciplinary, and year-round access to high quality artistic programs in music, visual arts, dance, and drama regardless of their race, gender, aptitude, or financial standing. We believe affordable and accessible arts education programs work to benefit young students and the community by expanding one's world outlook, sharpening one's creative skills, and contributing to one's social, behavioral, and academic development.

Ruling year info

1950

Executive Director

Manuel Prieto

Main address

3630 East Third Street

Los Angeles, CA 90063 USA

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EIN

95-6001948

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

LAMusArt hopes to fill a need in a population where students who could benefit the most from arts education are getting it the least. The East Los Angeles area that we serve is faced with distinct challenges like juvenile crime and high school drop out rates, a lack of access and inclusion in quality arts education, and specific socioeconomic adversity. The many facets of our programs offer underprivileged East LA students the creative means to change their circumstances and acquire important life skills like confidence, collaboration, and communication.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Arts Education

The principal activities of the Los Angeles Music and Art School consist of after-school arts instruction that is affordable, sequential and multidisciplinary.  We provide instruction Mondays through Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   We provide an extensive range of individual and group instructional opportunities for all ages and ability levels.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

LAMusArt’s Music program offers students an opportunity to grow in musicianship through sequential, individualized training. We match them with a highly skilled Teaching Artist for one-on-one music instruction, offered in over 8 instruments including piano, guitar, percussion, strings, brass, woodwinds and voice. Private lessons are offered to students of all experience and skill levels. Weekly lessons are designed to build the skills, discipline and appreciation for music that will benefit students for the rest of their lives. Recitals and school-wide programs, such as Stars for the Arts and the Spring and Winter Concerts, offer our young people opportunities to share their progress and achievements with family and friends.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

LAMusArt’s Visual Arts department offers students group classes beginning at age five and continuing through adulthood. The small class sizes ensure individualized instruction, where teachers gauge student development and adjust curriculum according to each student’s specific progress. All classes place emphasis on creative exploration, expression and development. Our instructors’ expertise in their field provides students with a progressive curriculum that ensures that all students are challenged in their artistic development and are able to apply their skills towards creative success. The Visual Art department presents several opportunities to showcase student work throughout the year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

In our Dance program, students can begin exploring movement at age four with our Parent & Me ballet class, develop and fine-tune ballet skills in our multi-level comprehensive ballet program, and explore other forms of dance through Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern, and Musical Theatre dance classes. Each year, we host several recitals to give dancers the invaluable chance to showcase talent, skills, and progress and develop self-confidence. Whether onstage or in the studio, dance offers a chance for young people to develop a healthy body image and active lifestyle through movement and discipline. Through dance, students experience the freedom of expression and communication through movement. Each dance class is limited to 15 students.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

LAMusArt offers weekly drama classes that expose children as young as 8 to the art of acting. Youngsters learn basic dramatic skills such as creating characters, reading and memorizing lines, and stage direction. As the class progresses, students advance their proficiency by challenging their development as actors, utilizing the art of improvisation and character analysis. In addition to audition techniques and design elements incorporated in the curriculum, our Drama program prepares students to enter the world of theatre as well-rounded performers.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Tuition-Free Music Ensembles program is comprised of five sectors; the Mariachi Ensemble, the Orchestra, the Choir, the Jazz Ensemble, and the Strings program. These ensembles are offered to students free of tuition and meet weekly for rehearsals of 1-3 hours.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Playmaking is a 10-week creative writing program where students ages 9-11 learn the fundamentals of playwriting. The program culminates in a production of the students' original plays performed by adult actors.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Audio Engineering and Music and Production program is hands-on, technical course designed to provide students with an overview of the recording studio environment, equipment, platforms, and software functionality in order to prepare them to for the production of their own music projects over the course of a 10 week session.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Camp MusArt is a five-week arts enrichment program that takes place each summer at LAMusArt. Students ages 7-15 take daily lessons in music, art, dance, and drama, and launch a fully produced musical production at the end of the fifth week where they are the stars of the show. As one of our most popular programs, Camp MusArt serves 60 students and almost 500 audience members each year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts - Member 2011

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of lessons taught

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, People of Latin American descent, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of lessons taught over all disciplines annually.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, People of Latin American descent, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of unduplicated students served by the organization annually.

Number of professional artists employed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of Teaching Artists employed by the organization.

Number of academic scholarships awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, People of Latin American descent, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of scholarships awarded to students annually.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

LAMusArt evaluates success by assessing the ways in which our mission is fulfilled. Our goals include to give underserved students in our communities a public opportunity to experience success and recognition through artistic expression and performance regardless of race, gender, ability, or socioeconomic status; to aid the growth and development of each student’s important life skills, including their cognitive and emotional evolution, and their creative, academic, social, and behavioral progress by way of artistic opportunities; and to bridge the gap between our community and the life-affirming power of the arts, which they’ve been traditionally barred from due to barriers like language, finances, and exposure.
Quantitatively, we hope to maintain program enrollment at full capacity and subsequently increase student enrollment each year, to garner positive responses from the community that indicates our programs as valuable and necessary.

Hiring high-quality teaching artists, disseminating arts education frameworks and recruit locally to ensure program capacity.

LAMusArt works to keep our multidisciplinary programs equitable and available to any East LA student who wishes to participate in life-affirming arts learning. We are dedicated to keeping our programs affordable by offering tuition-free and/or tuition-subsidized programs, as well as income-based scholarship opportunities. We provide our programs 49 weeks per year, in and out of school to ensure that students have access to our opportunities. We employ highly lauded and distinct Teaching Artists to maintain the quality of education we provide, and we present several public performances annually so that the community can experience arts engagement on a continual engagement.

Our Winter Concert “Birth of the Cool” featured songs from classical, jazz, and contemporary music titans whose musical experimentation contributed to the diversification of their genres. Musical selections included pieces from Jean Sibelius, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Gil Evans, and George Frederic Handel while also featuring contemporary artists from stage and film. Our Spring Concert “Music from Around the World” took audiences across the globe with composers Leonard Bernstein, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Gustav Mahler. The concert celebrated the legacy of these artists through their grandiose symphonic compositions interpreted by LAMusArt Teaching Artists and students.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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LOS ANGELES MUSIC AND ART SCHOOL

Board of directors
as of 2/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Cynthia Pearson

Overton, Lyman & Prince

Term: 2018 -

Jane Castruccio

Arts Philanthropist

John Odell

Arroyo Investment Group

John Echeveste

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Sandra Hahn

Restaranteur

Leticia Lozano

Nancy Sanchez

Lucas Horsfall & Pindroh

Tatania Minguet

Mattel Inc.

Sharon Jennings

Spectacle Media

Cynthia Pearson

Overton, Lyman & Prince

Pooja Nair

Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/04/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability