LA Promise Fund meets Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative

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To kick-off the educational programming for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, the LA Promise Fund will be holding a Teacher Launch Event to share the opportunities and resources available to LA County public school teachers. 1,000 middle- and high-school teachers are invited to interface with representatives from each participating arts institution, register for field trips and professional development, and learn more about the initiative through presentations by PST: LA/LA organizers.

The free event will take place at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes on Wednesday, April 5th from 4:30-7:30PM.

Register for the event here.

As one of the largest organizations supporting students in Los Angeles County, the LA Promise Fund is kicking off a county-wide education program for all public schools, including LAUSD, as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative.

Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, LA Promise Fund and LAUSD have created a portfolio of programming for students and teachers that complements the initiative, including professional development sessions for teachers, sponsored field trips and family days, and student scholarship prizes through the #ArtsMatter Student Challenge artmaking contest. Teachers from across LA County will be introduced to this programming on April 5th at a large-scale launch event at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Downtown LA. The festive evening will feature free food and drinks, dance and musical performances, and opportunities for educators to register for PST: LA/LA educational programming.

The event will feature:

Welcome address, Antonio Villaraigosa, former mayor of Los Angeles & current candidate for governor

Speaker, Barbara Carrasco, PST:LA/LA-featured artist and muralist

Guest DJ, Josh Kun, USC professor, PST: LA/LA grantee

Dance performance, Contra-Tiempo, a bold, multilingual Los Angeles-based dance company

Veronica Melvin, president & CEO, LA Promise Fund

Joan Weinstein, deputy director, The Getty Foundation

Attendees, 1,000 teachers expected from across LA County


  • Food and beverages representing Latin American culture and local Southern California producers
  • Speakers highlighting the impact of culturally-relevant arts education on students
  • An interactive silkscreening station hosted by Self Help Graphics & Art

It’s happening at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

501 North Main Street, LA 90012

April 5, 2017

4:30-7:30PM PST

The free event will take place at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes on Wednesday, April 5th from 4:30-7:30PM.

Register for the event here.

More information can be found here –

About LA Promise Fund:

LA Promise Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing Los Angeles students for success in college, career, and life. Working through a network of high-performing, community-based schools and a portfolio of programs that reach students throughout the County, the Fund creates vibrant community hubs and partnerships that foster motivated, engaged, and directed students poised for academic, professional, and personal success. Learn more at

About Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA:

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, is a far- reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA takes place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

About the Getty Foundation:

The Getty Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the Getty Trust by supporting individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Through strategic grant initiatives, the Foundation strengthens art history as a global discipline, promotes the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, increases access to museum and archival collections, and develops current and future leaders in the visual arts. It carries out its work in collaboration with the other Getty Programs to ensure that they individually and collectively achieve maximum effect. Additional information is available at

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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