LACAC Main | Free
Fri, February 1, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
| Castaic Regional Sports Complex

In pursuit of their the idea that skateboarders are Explorers of the Land and defy the rules of bi-pedal humanity, artists Michael Parker and Todd Ciborowski have created a sculpture that allows the viewer to physically engage in the geography of their location. The skateable artwork is fittingly called: 5 UP: 5-14-138 San Andreas Break

To celebrate, the Arts Commission and the office of LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger invite the public to attend the opening of the Castaic Regional Sports Complex Skatepark, which includes a dedication of newly commissioned artwork.

The Site


The $1.3 Million, 10,000-square-foot in-ground concrete skate park features sports lighting, a covered seating area, drinking fountain, bike rack, and perimeter walk-ways; Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility upgrades to the existing parking lot; landscaping and irrigation system modifications; and on-site drainage improvements to comply with the County's low impact development standards and guidelines. The addition of the skate park at the Castaic Regional Sports Complex will serve as a great outlet for the communities large skateboard and scooter enthusiasts.

The Artwork


The highly tactile, large-scale artworks are nested into each park’s looped concrete skate paths with the topographical side facing towards the viewing areas. The inner face of these structures is a smooth surface, the shape of a skateboarder’s “quarter pipe,” that transforms the sculptures into gravity-defying skateable features. As such, both sculptures are cast from a smooth, dense, integrally dyed concrete mixture designed specifically for skateboarding. The artists chose a natural, mesa buff color for the concrete to emphasize the existence of the sculptures within a geological continuum, and hand-stained the sculpture bases to evoke weeping rock, in reference to the processes of geological weathering and erosion.

The Artists


LACAC Main | Free
Thu, December 6, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
| The Center - City of Santa Clarita Activities Center

We all possess our own special collection of success stories that bear witness to the singular power of the arts to bring about positive growth and transformation in our students. How can we better understand the ways in which the arts have become particularly applicable to social emotional learning? How are districts developing systems to support the arts in SEL applications?

Please join us on December 6th at Centrepoint to convene with your colleagues in a discussion of the emergent priority around social emotional learning. We will engage in an interactive, arts-infused agenda to share and explore the strategies that our districts are using to achieve equity in arts instruction, to support school climate and to promote arts integration beyond academic outcomes into SEL.

Intended audiences for this convening are district visual and performing arts leaders, TOSAS and arts specialists.

Mon, October 29, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
| LA County Arts Commission

The "Virtual Reality Arts Education" prototype is part of the Arts Education Innovation Lab's efforts to achieve equity at scale in arts education for youth in LA county. Through the use of VR technology, collaborators hope to scale up arts education by transporting students to new realities in the arts and other content areas. In this think tank, participants will discuss vision, strategy, and concept planning surrounding the development and implementation of this work in LA County schools.

This session will Include

  • A review of VR prototype’s current state, and strategic goals for the future
  • Discussion of how VR can fit into existing curriculum in LA County
  • Live Q&A with Brett Heil, CEO of The Pulse (Australia-based virtual reality software company that is working in collaboration with the VR prototype)

The Arts Education Innovation Lab


LACAC Main | Free
Fri, October 12, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
| California Science Center

We are excited to announce the first joint meeting of art and STEM Leaders. Hosted by our partners at the LA County Office of Education (LACOE), we will explore STEAM through the lens of the California Science Center's blockbuster exhibit, King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh. This meeting will provide District Art Coordinators and STEM leaders with technical assistance in implementing STEAM education in their districts.

Event attendees will: Listen to an orientation about the exhibition

  • View the exhibition
  • Participate in cross-curricular dialogue about STEAM
  • Learn about high-quality STEAM program design elements
  • Engage in a STEAM activity inspired by the exhibition in an effort to model strategies for deepening learning

Participants will also receive resources for professional development, updates on local initiatives, and district and site level planning. All materials will be provided

  • Continental Breakfast and lunch will be provided
  • Please dress comfortably for exhibition tour and art making activity
Fri, November 2, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
| Huntington Library-Ahmanson Classrooms

Session 1: Integrating the Arts and English Language Arts

This award-winning professional development series is designed to integrate the arts with California State Standards and 21st Century skills. The series fosters a new version of instruction for elementary teachers, principals, directors, and assistant superintendents of curriculum that strengthens learning and equity through interdisciplinary project-based learning.

Fri, October 5, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
| Huntington Library-Ahmanson Classrooms

Session 1: The Silk Road and the Cave Temples of Dunhuang

This arts education professional development series is designed for secondary teachers, arts coordinators, secondary administrators, and assistant superintendents. The workshops frame the importance of the arts to engage and maximize student learning.

Participants engage in activities to create multidisciplinary and project-based teaching in alignment with California State Standards including History/Social Studies, English Language Arts, Science, and Visual and Performing Arts. Resources include video of modeled strategies, art works, lesson plans, and scholarly research.

Fri, March 8, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
| Huntington Library-Ahmanson Classrooms

Session 2: STEM to STEAM—Project-Based Learning

This award-winning professional development series is designed to integrate the arts with California State Standards and 21st Century skills. The series fosters a new version of instruction for elementary teachers, principals, directors, and assistant superintendents of curriculum that strengthens learning and equity through interdisciplinary project-based learning.

Fri, January 25, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
| Huntington Library-Ahmanson Classrooms

Session 2: William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'

This arts education professional development series is designed for secondary teachers, arts coordinators, secondary administrators, and assistant superintendents. The workshops frame the importance of the arts to engage and maximize student learning.

Participants engage in activities to create multidisciplinary and project-based teaching in alignment with California State Standards including History/Social Studies, English Language Arts, Science, and Visual and Performing Arts. Resources include video of modeled strategies, art works, lesson plans, and scholarly research.

LACAC Main | Free
Sat, July 28, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
| Willowbrook Library

Willowbrook Library celebrates abstract art in this unique collection with the Los Angeles County Art Commission’s Civic Art Program. Each piece selected for the library develops a language through design, pigment, and form to be translated and responded to by the viewer. Interpreted like the written texts in the library, these works offer themselves as artifacts without representational imagery that hold culturally specific and personal narratives, as well as common stories of human understanding. Join Dr. Jill Moniz and artists: Ana Rodriguez, Miguel Osuna, Duane Paul, Joe Sims, and Rosalyn Myles in celebration of the new Willowbrook Library.

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