About Us

What We Do

Fewer than 4 in 10 students in California participate in the arts! This is tragically low and we work to increase that number everyday – starting with the greater Los Angeles area.

Our mission is to provide access to high-quality arts education for all students from early childhood through high school, no matter the school’s funding or resources. We partner with schools and youth organizations to bring expert teachers onsite, live or remote, to teach Music and Movement classes and Dance classes from our thoughtfully designed Arts Education Program. All of our classes meet or exceed the California Arts Standards for Music and Dance.

Why Are The Arts So Important

Besides the learned skills of music and dance, which is an amazing lifelong joy in and of itself, the arts give children a rich blend of developmental support. Time and time again, we’ve seen improvements in children as a whole …social emotional learning, cognitive skills, empathy, executive functioning, team-building, reading and math skills, critical thinking, concentration, confidence, motivation, and civic and school engagement… just to name a few!

Every child has a right to a high quality arts education. We collaborate with schools and youth organizations to integrate our music and dance classes right into their day, removing access and cost barriers.

Learn more fun facts about how the Arts benefit children here.

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Our Impact

We are honored to provide Music and Movement and Dance classes to students across Los Angeles as well as students at our sister schools in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and Mumbai, India through our Futures in Tune program. To further our goal of arts equity, we focus on removing the access and cost barriers that prevent students from participating in the arts.

In ‘22 – ‘23 we served approximately 5,000 students from Eagle Rock, Pasadena, Glendale, Silverlake, Santa Monica, Valley Village, and from our sister schools in South Africa and India. We partner with schools and organizations to bring expert teachers onsite, live or remote via communications technology, to teach from the award-winning Bloom School of Music and Dance (BSMD) sequential education program.

For partner schools that have arts funding, we offer sliding scale pricing to stay within their budget.

For partner schools in underserved communities with little or no funding we use gifts from our generous donors to deliver the same high-quality arts education program.

Thanks to donors, volunteers, educators, parents and communities who believe in the power of the arts, we can serve all students.

We have seen our arts students demonstrate improvement in social emotional learning, cognitive skills, empathy, team-building, verbal skills, reading ability, critical thinking, public speaking, concentration, confidence, and motivation. The New York Times cites a study which similarly found that, “students who had increased arts education experiences saw improvements in writing achievement, emotional and cognitive empathy, school engagement and higher education aspirations, while they had a lower incidence of disciplinary infractions.” Additionally, other skills which are provided through arts education such as creative problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration are all skills which are most needed in today’s complex world.

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Background

The Bloom Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization that grew out of the community relationships formed by the Bloom School of Music and Dance (BSMD) in Eagle Rock. For over a decade, BSMD has brought music and dance to life for 6,000 students and counting. It is the most recommended music and dance school in northeast Los Angeles.

The desire to provide the same wonderful music and dance classes taught at BSMD to children across LA who lack access to an arts education led to the creation of BAF. BSMD donated the seed money to create BAF and became its Funding Partner with a generous annual pledge. Learn more about BSMD.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic BSMD successfully provided reduced-rate music classes to high-need schools and youth organizations. This success, and requests from even more schools to join, led to the creation of the Bloom Arts Foundation to meet this growing demand for arts education in underprivileged communities. The need is tremendous and we are grateful to our generous donors, dedicated partners, passionate educators, tireless volunteers, and community advocates for helping us reach more and more students each day. It is because of your support that we can truly see Arts Equity In Motion.

Our Team

Laura Porter

Laura Porter

Co-Founder

Executive Director

Radhika Fliegel

Radhika Fliegel

Co-Founder

Chief Operating Officer

David C. Hemann

David C. Hemann

Director

Gail Draper

Gail Draper

Director

Darlene Fountaine

Darlene Fountaine

Director

Eli Slavkin

Eli Slavkin

Global Education Coordinator

Savannah Bourke

Savannah Bourke

Program Coordinator

How to help

Donate

Your donations make the biggest impact towards arts equity! Most students cannot afford an arts education. Your donation helps remove that cost barrier and bring music and dance into the lives of children who need it most.

Volunteer

If you love giving back to the community and serving our youth, we’d love to have you at Bloom. There are various volunteer opportunities available, so let’s find the right spot for you.

Jobs at Bloom

Do you share our love for the arts and have a passion for helping children learn and grow? Then you’ve come to the right place!

Questions? Contact us

Locations

Valley Village Montessori School
Friends Western School
Pasadena Unified School District
Mount Washington Elementary School
Boys and Girls Club Santa Monica
Boys and Girls Club Mar Vista Gardens
Citizens of the World Charter School Silverlake