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Arts Program

LAUSD'S Nationally Recognized Elementary Arts Program
The Los Angeles Unified School District recognizes
that education in the arts makes unique and vital
contributions to a child’s cognitive development.
The Los Angeles Unified School District recognizes that education in the arts makes unique and vital contributions to a child's cognitive development. Elementary Arts Teachers provide direct, standards based, core arts instruction to students and strategically support classroom teachers in growing their capacity to teach foundational skills in all arts disciplines. This cultivates integration of arts strategies across the curriculum that fundamentally improves student achievement in literacy and numeracy.
Wilshire Park’s Arts Program Teachers:
Orchestra – Ginny Atherton
Theater – Suzanne Nichols
Visual Art- Jane Castillo
Vocal Music – Vicki Gordon


Wishire Park Elementary Students Share Their Artwork With the World!

Los Angeles, CA -- Move Over Famous Artists! Wilshire Park Elementary artists are taking over the spotlight!  Kathleen Chenu, the school's Art Teacher, has teamed up with Artsonia, -- the world's largest online kid's art museum -- to display the students' artwork.

Anyone can view the school gallery online at: Visitors can browse the artwork in the school gallery by grade level, or by specific exhibits. Wilshire Park Elementary students join thousands of students from over 130 countries whose artwork is showcased on Artsonia. "This program is a wonderful way to get parents and family members more involved in Art Education," said Kathleen Chenu.

All of Artsonia's artwork (12 million and counting!) are viewable online, and any teacher or parent can create an online art gallery for their child or school. Artsonia provides several online features such as fan clubs and personal guestbooks, as a way for families to encourage the creativity and imaginations of their young artists. In addition, family members can purchase keepsakes imprinted with the child's artwork, with Artsonia donating 15 percent of their annual product revenue back to school art programs.

Headquartered in Gurnee, Ill., Artsonia was established in 2000 as an online kid's art museum providing free, educational resources for kids, families and schools to create art projects. Since its inception, Artsonia continues to integrate technology in the classroom, develop multi-cultural understanding through art and increase family involvement in children's education. To find out more, visit