Our Program

Artists In Classrooms (AIC) provides quality, in-depth instruction in the visual and performing arts to students K-12 throughout the Harbor Region. Professional artists teach all AIC classes through ongoing classroom residencies.

With the inclusion of the Model Arts School (MAS) component all students receive diversified arts education in each grade. The MAS curriculum includes: first grade – multi-arts, second grade – dance, third grade – visual arts, fourth grade – music, and fifth grade – creative writing. The fifth grade option of improvisational writing blends theatre, movement & creative prose together to prepare students for their middle school writing careers.

AIC also provides Arts Exploration Field Trips (AEFT) on site at Angels Gate Cultural Center for groups of 60 students per visit. An AEFT consists of an educational tour of our galleries that is followed by an arts-making experience inspired by the art in the galleries. AIC artist-teachers lead all Arts Exploration Field Trips.

Artist In Classrooms is funded through government, corporate, and foundation grants, as well as private donations.

Participating Elementary Schools

  • 7th Street Elementary School
  • Barton Hill Elementary School
  • Bonita Elementary School
  • Cabrillo Avenue Elementary School
  • Catskill Elementry School
  • Denker Elementary School
  • Gulf Elementary School
  • Halldale Elementary School
  • Leland Street Elementary School
  • Point Fermin Elementary School
  • Taper Avenue Elementary School
  • Van Deene Elementary School

    Participating High Schools

  • Angels Gate Continuation High School
  • Port of Los Angeles High School


  • Judith Blahnik
  • Laurine DiRocco
  • Karen Emonts
  • Logan Fox
  • Olga Garcia
  • Jayn Ghormley
  • Nicola Lamb
  • Monica Palacios
  • Angelica Sotiriou
  • Meeson Pae Yang
  • Megan Rice
  • Griselda Suarez