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Who We Are

Angelica Center for Arts and Music -ACAM is a community-based arts education organization whose mission is to nurture and mentor at-risk youth of the in the arts in the greater Pico-Union neighborhood.  ACAM seeks to empower youth, build self-confidence and self-esteem by developing their creative talents and honing their skills in music, theatre and dance.

This is accomplished by providing:


  • Year-round, afterschool lessons in dance, music, and theater, tuition-free.

  • A safe environment, where youth can explore and develop their creative abilities through the study, practice, and performance of the arts.

  • Instruction supplied by well qualified teaching artists.


A “whole family” approach to teaching the arts, encouraging siblings and extended family members to participate in and take ownership of the program.

The philosophy undergirding ACAM is a spirit of responsibility, collaboration, and community empowerment.  This spirit is cultivated with students and their parents.  They learn to be responsible to self and the group, striving for high standards, consistent attendance and participation in performances, juries, and judging juries. 

ACAM collaborates with Graff Lab-Pico Union Housing Corporation, Margolis Center – Hope Street Family Center, and Angelica Lutheran Church and classes are held in each location.  ACAM also collaborates with Magnolia Family Initiative, New City Parish, and the area public, charter and parochial schools.   


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