Artists In Classrooms
The core of Angels Gate Cultural Center’s education programming is the Artists-in-Classroom (AIC) program, which places professional Artists in classrooms throughout the Harbor Region to provide enriched, process-based education in the visual and performing arts to students K-12. Angels Gate works closely with our Principals, school administrators, classroom teachers, and Artist-Teachers to provide students with a sustained, in-depth arts experience. These residencies take place over the course of 12 weeks during the Fall or Spring semester and offer arts instruction that students would not normally not receive as part of the scope and sequence of their regular instructional program. Our 12-week arts residencies are designed to promote creativity, cross-disciplinary knowledge, and critical thinking skills in accordance with California Visual and Performing Arts standards, and familiarize students with contemporary arts practices.
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Community Classes
AGCC’s Community Class Program provides arts classes to the local community, offering affordable space for developing and professional artists to teach classes and workshops, fostering the growth of their disciplines in the local community. Our Community Class programs allow community members to take classes on-site at Angels Gate Cultural Center and to develop their artistic and cultural talents and interests. This program seeks to foster an appreciation for arts and culture in students of all ages and experience levels. Both local artists and Angels Gate Studio Artists teach these classes on-site at Angels Gate Cultural Center. Community Classes are offered in many art forms, including ceramics, drawing and painting, printmaking, metal sculpture, yoga, dance, guitar and ukulele, and Kyudo – Japanese archery.
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Collaborations
At Angels Gate, we pride ourselves on collaboration in all areas. Taking care to build lasting relationships with principals at each school served has allowed us to learn quickly what other arts partners are providing arts residencies at these schools. We collaborate closely with other local arts partners, nonprofits, community hubs, and educators to ensure that our students receive arts education opportunities both in and out of school time.
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Advocacy
At Angels Gate Cultural Center, we believe that every child should have access to a well-rounded education that includes the arts. In addition to our local programming to provide arts education to our students, we are working with partners in San Pedro, Los Angeles, and beyond toward advocacy measures that will ensure the arts are part of standard K-12 school curriculum for all students, with the proper funding and resources.
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Testimonials
We seek to make a demonstrable difference through the arts in the San Pedro community and in local schools. We regularly evaluate and reflect upon our programs to improve our outcomes and ensure that the community is being served with high-quality, relevant, and engaging arts opportunities. Read what some of our partners have to say about our programs!
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