Local students are heading downtown to perform in the Grand Arts Festival
It’s become conventional wisdom that there aren’t enough arts education opportunities in Los Angeles public schools.

But there may be more arts programs in local classrooms than you think.

On Saturday, LAUSD celebrates its school art programs with nine hours of student performances at Grand Park in Downtown L.A., and a visual arts gallery of two-and three-dimensional works will showcase the talents of hundreds of budding visual artists. That’s a lot of art!

At least four local schools are sending student performers to the festival. Young musicians from Venice High School’s Steel Drum Ensemble, Palms Middle School’s Jazz Band and Mar Vista Elementary School’s 4th and 5th grade chorus will demonstrate their musical chops. Westchester’s Loyola Village Elementary Performing Arts Magnet will bring movement to the stage, performing a dance number.

A film festival of original student film shorts is also part of the festival, which in addition to family activities and food trucks is also hosting scores of informational and interactive booths from community arts partners and LAUSD arts schools.

— Christina Campodonico

The Grand Arts Festival happens from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., Downtown L.A. Visit achieve.lausd.net/arts for more information.