The Arts Council for Long Beach recently honored the Long Beach Unified School District with the James H. Ackerman Arts Philanthropy Award for supporting the arts.
LBUSD accepted the award at the 2012 State of the Arts and Distinguished Arts Awards Celebration.
The Arts Council also honored Mark Zahn, recently retired principal of Renaissance High School for the Arts, with its Distinguished Arts Leader Award.
Despite unprecedented budget cuts, schools here still offer a comprehensive, sequential program of study in the arts, including dance, drama, music and visual arts. More than 110 arts courses in grades K-12 are offered.
Complementing the arts curriculum are hundreds of performances each year, including school and districtwide events. Schools collaborate on arts instruction with Long Beach City College, Cal State Long Beach, the Carpenter Center, International City Theater, Music Theater West, Camerata Singers, Long Beach Opera, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, The Aquarium of the Pacific, the Alpert Jewish Community Center, Long Beach Museum of Art, Museum of Latin American Art, and the Arts Council.