July 30, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Inner-City Arts, an arts education provider based in downtown
, today announced The DreamWorks Animation Charitable Foundation, Inc. has donated a grant in the amount of
over five years in continued support of the DreamWorks Animation Academy at Inner-City Arts, which provides instruction in digital media, film-making and graphic design to
Non-profit Inner-City Arts, now in its twenty-third year of operation, uses arts education to positively affect the lives of inner-city children, improving their chances to lead productive and successful lives by developing creativity, improving learning skills and building self-confidence.
In 2008, an initial gift of
from The DreamWorks Animation Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic affiliate of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA), established the DreamWorks Animation Academy at Inner-City Arts. Thanks to this support, Inner-City Arts expanded its offerings in animation and other art forms to middle and high school students throughout
city and county, providing state-of-the-art equipment, additional staff, visiting artists, and a more robust Saturday program for its students.
"The most recent gift from The DreamWorks Animation Charitable Foundation will help Inner-City Arts expand its career-readiness programs, providing more opportunities for students to explore their creativity, build portfolios, and learn skills that are valued in the 21
Century workforce," said
, President and CEO of Inner-City Arts.
"Since the animation program's inception sixteen years ago, 100% of the participating high school students have graduated from high school (compared to the LAUSD graduation rate of 62%), more than 90% of the students have enrolled in college or post-secondary training, and at least 40 students have embarked on careers in film, television, teaching and the social sciences."