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L.A.’s Inner-City Arts: Lessons in community building from the edge of Skid Row
Access the Recording (60 Minutes)

Bob BatesCo-founder and Artistic Director, Inner-City Arts, Los Angeles

Pru Robey, Vice President and Director, Creative Placemaking Lab, Artscape, Toronto

Webinar Description
Inner-City Arts provides elementary, middle and high school students, many living in Los Angeles' underserved neighbourhoods, with the tools and creative skills they need to succeed academically and personally in their lives and their culture. Located east of downtown Los Angeles on the edge of Skid Row, the one-acre campus houses an extensive range of art facilities and is an oasis of creativity and learning in the urban environment. Their unique approach to arts education and creative development brings children, families, adults and educators to Inner-City Arts' award-winning campus to work with professional teaching artists in well-equipped studios and performance spaces. Problem solving, learning skills and creative development are the centre of Inner-City Arts’ vision for creative transformation. 

This webinar explores the successful development of Inner-City Arts from its remarkable architecture to filling the campus with diverse and successful programs that meet the City’s needs and contribute to the beauty, safety, well-being, and vibrancy of the entire community.

You Will Learn

  • How the vision for Inner-City Arts’ landmark education campus was developed
  • About the operational model and partnerships that make Inner-City Arts work
  • About award-winning programs that foster creativity and learning in at-risk youth
  • How the facility’s striking architecture is part of the Inner City Arts’ narrative and success
  • Key challenges Inner-City Arts has had to overcome to keep the project going
  • Lessons learned over 20 years in engaging with communities and identifying measurable benefits

About the Speakers
Pru Robey
Bob Bates has been a professional artist for thirty years and has taught art throughout the country, including at the University of Miami in Florida. While working with kids on Skid Row in Los Angeles, Bob had a spiritual vision: to create an art space where at-risk children could explore their creativity, learn and grow. Joining forces with businessman and entrepreneur Irv Jaeger, Bob realized his vision when Inner-City Arts opened its doors to 60 children in 1989. As Inner-City Arts Artistic Director, Bob still brings vision, passion and dedication to his work with children, teachers and families, and is regularly invited to lead workshops in Los Angeles, throughout the country and internationally. Bob's creative journey as an artist, musician, inventor and educator is ongoing. His love of creativity is deeply linked to the mystery of life itself, and has guided him in all aspects of his explorations and interactions with children, teenagers and adults. Bob received a BA from the Kansas City Art Institute and a MFA from the University of Cincinnati. 

Visit Inner-City Arts online at inner-cityarts.org
Pru Robey
Pru Robey is a passionate advocate for the transformative impact the arts and culture have on the lives of individuals and communities. Throughout her career, the development of innovative, multi-sector approaches to support cultural sector development, creative economy activation and sustainable urban regeneration has been a centerpiece of her work. Pru has over 30 years of experience as a consultant, researcher, manager, promoter and funder in the arts, culture and creative industries in Canada and the UK. As Vice President and Creative Placemaking Lab Director at Toronto-based Artscape, Pru takes the lead in new project research and development and on major research initiatives; directs a suite of programs and services designed to build the capacity of communities internationally to undertake creative placemaking; and advises communities internationally on strategies to support city-building through the arts. She designed and teaches Canada’s only undergraduate course in Creative Placemaking for the University of British Columbia and is a member of the Placemaking Leadership Council. 

Visit Artscape online at artscapediy.org and artscape.ca

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