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PARTNERS

Partnerships are key to The Unusual Suspects’ success. We use theatre arts to help build individual resiliency and community strength in neighborhoods where violence is rampant and poverty is high. Our partners help us understand the ways in which we can deploy our theatre arts program to be most responsive and helpful to the specific needs and wishes of the individuals in each unique community.

AIYN

US is proud to be a founding member of The Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN). AIYN is an interdisciplinary collaborative that provides exceptional arts programming in order to build resiliency and wellness, eliminate recidivism, and transform the juvenile justice system. The only collaborative of its kind for incarcerated youth in California, the innovative, leading-edge approach of AIYN’s arts-education programs holds the promise of becoming a national public/private model. The other founding members of this collaborative network are Armory Center for the Arts, Bold Ink Writers, Coalition for Engaged Education, InsideOut Writers, Rhythm Arts Alliance and Street Poets.

FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY

Friends of the Family is a comprehensive family resource center known for pioneering innovative, practical programs where families are recognized as central to a child’s well being and are supported to build on their skills and strengths. US is proud to partner with Friends of the Family to bring our intergenerational Neighborhood Voices community program to residents ages 10 – 65+ to Pacoima since 2009.

PARTNERSHIP FOR LOS ANGELES SCHOOLS

The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is one of the largest, in-district public school transformation organizations in the United States. We are a non-profit managing 18 LA Unified schools serving approximately 14,00 students, making us about as large as the Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District.

LAUSD ARTS EDUCATION BRANCH – ARTS COMMUNITY NETWORK

An arts education stewarded by a combination of classroom teachers, arts teachers, parents and a collaborative arts community guarantees student access to a world of creative thinking, learning and growing. Through our Arts Community Network, LAUSD supports organizations that enhance our students’ arts education experience.  When we send professional teaching artists directly into the classroom, it transforms the learning environment.  When students visit a museum, theater, concert hall, or cultural institution, they deepen their understanding of our city and our world.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY PROBATION DEPARTMENT

The LA County Probation Department runs 13 probation camps and 3 Juvenile halls throughout Los Angeles County that house adolescents caught up in the juvenile justice system. US has partnered with LA County Probation to bring our flagship Youth Theater Residency Program to the minors incarcerated at Camp David Gonzales in Calabasas, Central Juvenile Hall in Downtown Los Angeles, Camp Glenn Rockey in San Dimas, Camp Miller (boys) and Camp Scott (girls), also in Calabasas.