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Application for 2016-17 School Year

Please follow this link for detailed information about how to apply to Grand Arts. The application form is now available on that page.

Reminder to Students

Hats used outdoors for sun protection must be removed when you come inside the school buildings.

Grand Arts is proud to present an original music video Dream It! Do It!

Showcasing Grand Arts students following their dreams!

Directed and Choreographed by Debbie Allen

Read the Press Release!

Grand Arts Recognized as Top School in Arts Equity by LAUSD

Grand Arts Students Performed at L.A. Central Library

As part of the Changing America exhibit at the magnificent Central Library in downtown Los Angeles, Grand Arts students performed in the Library's Mark Taper Auditorium. The performance included an historical review of the civil rights movement and its modern-day lessons, which was followed by discussion led by a panel of scholars and community leaders.

Monk-LA-Peer-to-Peer-Jazz-Sextet-2015-450w-cropped.jpgGrand Arts Music Academy Junior Terran Artis has been named one of the six best high school jazz musicians in Los Angeles by the Thelonius Monk/Los Angeles Peer-to-Peer Jazz Sextet. Terran’s first gig with the sextet was at the Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards telecast) in Hollywood on November 15. They played on the same bill with Patti Austin, George Benson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dave Grusin, Herbie Hancock, Al Jerreau, Arturo Sandoval, Wayne Shorter, and more. The event was hosted by Seth McFarlane, Andy Garcia, Jeff Goldblum, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Grand Arts salutes you, Terran!

Young Arts Finalist

Eleventh grade Visual Arts student Olivia Winslow has been invited to Miami as a 2016 Young Arts Foundation finalist. Congratulations, Olivia!

August Wilson 2015 Competition

The following Grand Arts students advanced to the semifinal round of the August Wilson Monologue Competition. Congratulations!

  • Michael Aghasaryan
  • Raquel Arabalo
  • Jailene Bautista
  • Safiya Cooper
  • Jake Contreras
  • Mylan Johnson
  • Julian Montenegro
  • Maya Ordonez
  • Sydne Piatek
  • Imani Salazar
  • Aryana Williams

ABT at Grand Arts!

American Ballet Theatre brought its Make a Ballet on Tour program to two schools in Los Angeles this Fall, Gabriella Charter School and Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts. Both schools worked with ABT’s Make a Ballet dance and design teaching artists October 9-16, 2015. The program  culminated in a showing of the two schools' work at Cortines High School on Friday, October 16.

Make a Ballet on Tour, the traveling arm of American Ballet Theatre’s award-winning Make a Ballet program, is a one-week intensive residency program that tutors students in various aspects of ballet and stagecraft including choreography, performance, set and costume design. This residency, which reaches approximately 200 students, will explore ABT’s production of The Nutcracker, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky. All participating students will be invited to attend a dress rehearsal of ABT’s The Nutcracker at the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts in Costa Mesa on December 10. American Ballet Theatre’s Make a Ballet on Tour in Los Angeles is made possible by Ellen and Harry Levitt, Jane and Ron Koblin, Robert and Alicia Levitt, Julie and Kenneth Moelis, Stewart Smith and Robin Ferracone, Stephanie and Leon Vahn, and Mary Jane Wagle. For more information on Make a Ballet on Tour and other ABT educational outreach programs, please visit www.abt.org/education/programsforschools.asp.

Art Student Honored with National Tour

Grand Arts student Josue Lopez's art work His Past Lives has been selected for the Art.Write.Now.Tour 2015–2016, the national travelling exhibition of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. His work will be featured at galleries, museums, and cultural spaces in Florida, Indiana, South Dakota, and Nevada.

August Wilson Competition Recap

MOCA Teen Night Features 10 Grand Arts Students

Congratulations to the following VAPA students who were selected for the exhibition at MOCA Teen Night April 11 at MOCA Geffen in Little Tokyo! Jasmin Ortega, Jung Hun Lee, Derek Luu, Camille Papa, Molly Kleinman, Crystal Sandoval, Jackson Crites, Patrick (PJ) Buckmar, Michelle Morales, Besso Mercado.

Grand Arts Visual Arts Students Excel in National Scholastic Awards

The following Visual Arts Academy Students received a total of 7 National Scholastic Awards:

  • Edward Abascal: gold medal for photograph "Sarge."
  • Kiriko Kajiwara: gold medal for the drawing "Better Life," silver medal for drawing "Behind the Fence."
  • Jasmin Ortega: silver medal for photograph "Stay."
  • Calliope White: silver medal for photo "The White Rabbit."
  • Maya Chambers: gold medal for drawing "No Face."
  • Josue Lopez: gold medal for digital image "His Past Lives."

Their efforts represent the top artworks in the nation as chosen by a jury panel of professors, art professionals and artists. The gold medal recipients are invited along with their teachers and families to a national gala ceremony and art show of their work at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Congratulations, students and teachers! This is our highest number of national Scholastic awards ever!

 

Grand Arts Artists Get the Gold

Going for Gold, the title of our current student art show, refers to our students' collective attempts and efforts to create the best artwork they can in pursuit of Gold Key Award distinction in the prestigious annual National Scholastic Art competition. In 2014 we went up against literally every private, public, and charter school in California for this event and emerged with the second highest total of awards in the state.

This year California was merged into the West Region-at-Large, so we were up against all schools not only in California but also in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Hawaii, Montana and Wyoming as well. How did we do? Grand Arts students won more awards (159) than any other school in the entire west region!
This effort put forth by our students was monumental! Congratulation to all on a job well done!

School Total awards Gold Key awards Silver Key awards Honorable Mentions
Grand Arts (CA) 159 41 49 69
LA County HS Arts (CA) 100 43 26 31
Palo Alto HS (CA) 95 20 32 43
Waterford School (UT) 92 13 31 48
Marlborough School (CA) 88 17 30 41

Music Center Spotlight Award Winners

Grand Arts had two big winners in the Music Center's annual Spotlight Theatre Awards! Shan Shaikh received third place/honorable mention and $1,000. Wayne Mackins was chosen as one of the two Grand Prize Winners and will receive $5000 in addition to his performing at Disney Hall. Congratulations to you both for your outstanding work!

August Wilson Monologue Competition Finalists

We are thrilled to announce that five of our student actors—Paul Vincent III, Philip Patrick Bucknor, Trecey Dory, Wayne R. Mackins-Harris, and Wendy R. Morrow—were among the 12 Regional Finalists for Center Theatre Group's August Wilson Monologue Competition.

Five Grand Arts Students Recognized by YoungArts

Congratulations to each of our student winners, as well their faculty, for their individual excellence and achievement. Grand Arts is proud to announce five winners this year:

  • In Visual Arts: Junghyun Lee, Honorable Mention
  • In Visual Arts: Derek Luu, Merit
  • In Theatre: Wayne Makins, Merit (Spoken Word)
  • In Visual Arts: Nya Walker, Honorable Mention (Design Arts)
  • In Theatre: Patrick Bucknor, Merit (Spoken Word)

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