New Research on Importance of Arts Integration in the Classroom

A new study conducted by Johns Hopkins University published in the journal Trends in Neuroscience and Education provides strong correlational evidence that involvement in the arts improves students’ academic outcomes and memory of learning math and science.

 It is unclear whether the improved outcomes are the result of general exposure to the arts, the integration of arts into content instruction, the use of effective instructional practices, or a combination of these factors. Moreover, as a growing number of studies suggest that arts-integrated pedagogy enhances learning, few empirical studies have explicitly examined the direct effect of an arts-integrated curriculum on learning and specifically on students’ memory for non-arts academic content. 

Read more about the study here.      

Apply for LACE’s Getty Marrow Internship Positions!

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) Interns

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) is offering two full-time paid summer internships for college students through the Getty Marrow Internship Program

Deadline to apply is April 26th!

Click here to read more about the positions and learn how to apply.

Curatorial Internship

The Curatorial Intern will work directly with Curator Daniela Lieja Quintanar, summer artist-in-residence Sandra de la Loza and curator of A NonHuman Horizon, Andrew McNeely. The Intern will assist Lieja Quintanar with the curation, production, and marketing of the 2019 Summer Residency Exhibition in the main gallery, will work directly with de la Loza and McNeely and to coordinate, research, and produce public programming. The Curatorial Intern will serve as the key liaison between the artist and LACE’s staff, as well as with any additional artists/collaborators involved in the projects.

Communications and Marketing Internship

The Communications and Marketing Intern will work directly with Gallery Assistant, Jackie Castillo and Executive Director Sarah Russin, to coordinate all digital and print marketing for the summer exhibitions, and will serve as key liason for all press and academic inquiries. The Communications and Marketing intern will collaborate with LACE curator Daniela Lieja Quintanar and guest curator Andrew McNeely to create original digital content for LACE’s social media, website, and email marketing.

President’s FY20 Budget Calls for Termination of Cultural Agencies Again

Americans for the Arts Action Fund

Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, made the following request. Let’s help.

“For a third-straight year, the Trump Administration has proposed to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Corporation of Public Broadcasting (CPB). As misdirected as this proposal is, we are confident that Congress – as it has done in the past two fiscal years – will again reject this short-sighted budget request in a bipartisan, bicameral manner, and increase funding for the Endowments.”

Will you contact your member of Congress today to urge them to reject the president’s proposal?  

In the past two years, Congress not only dismissed these initial calls for termination, but in fact gave steady increases in funding to several cultural agencies.”

The Arts Action Fund has been building bipartisan support for the arts as well as delivering a unifed message to Congress. Since our founding in 2004, an extra $200 million has been appropriated to arts related funding.

Let’s stand up for the arts in America.

Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair 2019

Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair, April 12-14, 2019, Opening Night April 11

Art books. Yet another expensive habit I can’t shake, like I don’t know, living in Los Angeles. But omg, don’t you just love art books? Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair in Little Tokyo will host 100+ FREE conversations, workshops, performances, and other artist-led programs. And art books. The event draws more than 35,000 individuals including book lovers, collectors, artists, and art world professionals each year. Programs also include curated exhibitor sections, publication-focused exhibitions, and signings and launches of new books.

Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair (LAABF) returns to The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in 2019. This year’s Fair welcomes 390 exhibitors from more than 30 countries, featuring small press publishers, artists, collectives, institutions, galleries, antiquarian booksellers, and distributors, including the participation of nearly 100 first-time exhibitors. As always, the fair will be free and open to the public. 

April 12–14, 2019
Opening Night: April 11 
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Americans Speak Out About the Arts

Download the results of the nation’s largest public opinion poll on the arts and arts
education at

Americans for the Arts released Americans Speak Out About the Arts, one of the largest national public opinion surveys of American perceptions and attitudes towards the arts and arts funding. The new research demonstrates that Americans continue to be highly engaged in the arts and believe more strongly than ever that the arts promote personal well-being, help us understand other cultures, are essential to a well-rounded education, and that government has an important role in funding the arts.

A large national sample of 3,023 adults were polled online by Ipsos in May 2018 on topics such as the importance of arts education, support for government arts funding, personal engagement in the arts, and personal and community benefits that come from engaging in the arts. 

Key findings from Americans Speak Out About the Arts include:

•    91% of Americans show overwhelming support for arts education.
•    73% agree the arts give the nation’s communities identity and unity.
•    72% of Americans are highly engaged in the arts and experience them in unexpected places.
•    69% agree the arts improve personal well-being and provide meaning to citizens’ lives.
•    64% of Americans approve of government funding for the arts is viewed favorably.

Who’s interested in YInMn Blue, the newest blue?

Masstone and Tint: Williamsburg Cobalt Blue Deep, YInMn Blue, Williamsburg Cobalt Blue

GOLDEN’s Custom Lab is gearing up to produce limited runs of YInMn Blue (the new blue discovered by Dr. Mas Subramanian and his team from Oregon State University in 2009) for Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colors, now that the EPA’s TSCA certification seems imminent.

Since 1980, GOLDEN has produced thousands of custom products to meet the individual needs of their creative customers. Now, they’re asking artists if they’d be interested in this new color, created in small batches. If you would be interested, please follow this link to take a short survey:

Who is up for a drawing challenge?

April 8-12th, 2019

For the third year in a row, artists Marc Taro Holmes, Suhita Shirodkar and Liz Steel bring you #OneWeek100People2019.

The simple goal is: Draw 100 people in one week.

The real goal is PRACTICE. Not perfection. Every artist needs to sketch as much as possible, but we want to have fun and just stretch a little. To get 100 people in a 5-day week (we don’t like working weekends) you’ll need to draw about 20 people a day. But they don’t have to be more than a one-minute gesture drawing.

We just want everyone to see what it feels like to follow through on that advice ‘practice every day’. It’s a big commitment. But it’s possible to do without completely disrupting your life. Or at least you can choose how disruptive you want it to be.

Here’s how to participate:
– You can do it any way you want – just have fun with it!
– Sketch from life, or from any reference material. Use any media or size, as draw as fast or slow as you like. Whatever you’d like to practice most.
– Post your work during the week of April 8-12, to the dedicated facebook group.
– Please don’t post on other Urban Sketchers groups. We don’t want to flood the regularly scheduled activities. In previous years, there was a lot of art!
– You can also post on your personal social media of choice, (Instagram, Twitter) using the hashtag #OneWeek100People2019. That way everyone can find your work.


Some suggestions on reaching that goal:
– Aim to get to a 100 sketches. But don’t skip the challenge just because you feel you won’t get there- hey, 25 people sketches that week is better than zero
– Maybe plan to swap out any ‘free time’ for drawing. Tivo your shows, skip the gym or video gaming night – just for one week.
– Be prepared! Make a list of crowded places to draw people. Visit a park, the public library, go shopping, or to a sporting event. Maybe search out public performances. Live music at a pub, a lecture, or reading.
– Go drawing in groups! If it looks like you’re a club or a class, people give you the benefit of the doubt.
– If you don’t want to do it live-on-location, cue up a YouTube play list, sign up for Flickr, or download the iOS app SKTCHY.
– Give yourself permission to succeed. Don’t overthink the results – just draw! I promise you’ll see results at the end of the week. No matter how fast you sketch, over a whole week, at least ONE will be amazing 

Please share the news with your friends!

Will you be joining?

The Other Art Fair DTLA, March 28-31 at The Reef

The Other Art Fair is back in DTLA this March 28-31 for an third edition at Magic Box at The Reef. While it may seem like there’s yet another art fair every month, tamp down your cynicism, we’re only three months into 2019 (hello, it’s only March), this is a good thing. With pieces starting from just $150 this art fair could be the most “accessible”. They’ll have the on-trend immersive world thing, including a series of eco-friendly initiatives produced by Head of Collections at Soho House, hand poke tattoos, artwork by Guest Artist Mister Cartoon and Shepard Fairey, performance art, Ace Hotel DJ sets, and food & drink pop-ups, so maybe check it out.

Presented by the world’s leading online art gallery Saatchi Art, The Other Art Fair showcases work by 140 talented independent artists with artworks starting from $150, each hand picked by a Selection Committee of art world experts. Art lovers can visit the fair with the confidence that they are buying from the very best and most promising emerging artists in a unique and immersive experience.

Click here to get your tickets to The Other Art Fair and use code LAWEEKLY to gain complimentary entrance tickets for you, your friends and family.

Free Screening @ LACMA – Meow Wolf: Origin Story

Still from Meow Wolf: Origin Story

Check out this FREE screening of Meow Wolf: Origin Story at LACMA on March 2nd! Includes a post screening conversation with the filmmakers and Meow Wolf founders.

A group of artists in Santa Fe, NM become a DIY collective called Meow Wolf. Their immersive, large-scale exhibitions crack open a profitable niche in the arts industry, even as their social mission is challenged by the demands of rapid success. The group’s members navigate fracture and loss for years in pursuit of their idealistic vision. When they spark the interest of George R. R. Martin and receive his support to take over an old bowling alley, Meow Wolf builds a massive exhibition with over 140 artists working at a breakneck pace. With the wild success of the House of Eternal Return, Meow Wolf now faces its own internal turmoil as it begins to change the lives of creatives everywhere.

2018, 88 min, DCP |  Directed by Morgan Capps, Jilann Spitzmiller

Sat, Mar 2, 2019 

7:30 pm–9:30 pm 

Bing Theater  |  LACMA

Free, tickets required