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LA County Arts Commission

How much art are public school students being exposed to? What kinds of arts programs are available to them across a given metropolitan area? For Los Angeles County there’s now a way to find out.

Stamen recently launched an online tool for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission that allows parents of K-12 school children, policy makers, and the general public to understand the scope of arts education throughout LA County public schools.

The data in the tool is based on The LA County Arts Education Profile survey, which was administered to all 2,277 public schools in LA County to learn about the quantity, quality and equity of arts education. The study found that nearly every school offers at least some arts instruction, and most schools offer at least two disciplines. At the same time, it found troubling inequities that reflect disparities in the wider society. These disparities, and other aspects of the staggering number of public schools in LA, are available for browsing & analyzing in the interactive map. (And it wouldn’t be a proper public communications project if it didn’t make the data available for download, here.)

You can see the data currently available for the whole County, each of the Districts, and individual schools. It includes demographic makeup, as well as the number and type of arts instructors and programs, among other details. You can zoom in on specific schools, as well as compare districts and individual schools.

The data is a work in progress: there are still notable gaps, with some schools showing no data at all. As more people make use of the tool, we expect school administrators to submit their school and district information to help complete the picture of arts education in LA County.

Aditionally, we produced a print version of the report that can be viewed online here. Below are a vew visuals from that report. 

Share of schools offering year-long arts instruction to all students; estimated number of students that benefited

Left: In-school instruction compared to after-school instruction by discipline, elementary grades.
Right: In-school instruction compared to after-school instruction by discipline, secondary grades.

Share of schools offering year-long arts instruction, elementary grades