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Sticking Up for Arts Education

Posted by Dara Eisenstein on April 19, 2012

Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center

After completing a Master of Science in Museum Education at Bank Street Graduate School of Education in 2005, Ms. Café McMullen spent several years teaching in New York City and Los Angeles. In 2009 she continued her work in education at Inner City Education Foundation Public Schools in the Performing Arts Department, where Fernando Pullum was the director of the program. In the summer of 2011, Fernando and Café opened the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center in South Central Los Angeles. The Center offers free preforming arts classes as an after school program for over three hundred children of all ages. Café recently wrote an article for the Huffington Post because she feels strongly about how important the arts are for students. “We are constantly bombarded with news of cuts to our education system and the arts is always the first thing to go. I felt like I needed to stick up for arts education in California and America.”