Help Inner-City Arts celebrate 20 years of free arts education for at-risk youth at a party on Saturday, July 25. There will be music and dancing from 7 p.m. to midnight at the school’s downtown LA campus. Son y Clave, an LA Latin music band, will perform, with world champion dancer Enio Cordoba on hand to demonstrate some salsa. Another stage will feature hip-hop group Versa-Style Dance Company and DJ Esco. For just $40, you get access to an open bar from 7 to 9 p.m. and two food tickets.
Each year, Inner-City Arts provides visual and performing arts education to 16,000 elementary, middle and high school students that might not otherwise have any exposure to the arts. Bob Bates and Irwin Jaeger started the school in 1989 after budget cuts eliminated art classes in public schools.
The award-winning campus designed by architect Michael Maltzan is an oasis in the inner city. It includes the Mark Taper Center / Inner-City Arts Building, the Rosenthal Theater, the W.M. Keck Foundation Ceramics Complex, a Parent-Teacher Resource Center, a Grand Courtyard, the Alissa Michelle Tishler Children’s Garden, the Hinchliffe Building, and a Visual Arts Complex, which includes a painting and drawing studio and the DreamWorks Animation Academy at Inner-City Arts.
Inner-City Arts, 720 Kohler St., Los Angeles 90021, (213) 627-9621, www.inner-cityarts.org