Mission + Vision

Art + Practice encourages education and culture by providing life-skills training for foster youth in the 90008 ZIP code as well as free, museum-curated art exhibitions and moderated art lectures to the community of Leimert Park.


The Story

Founded by artist Mark Bradford, philanthropist and collector Eileen Harris Norton, and social activist Allan DiCastro, Art + Practice Foundation (A+P) is an arts and education private operating foundation based in Leimert Park, Los Angeles. A+P’s mandate is to create an educational platform that supports the acquisition of practical skills for foster youth and stresses the cultural importance of art within a larger social context.

To support its goals of empowering foster youth and strengthening communities through contemporary art, A+P oversees three areas of focus:

  • a technology lab and classrooms
  • a curated film and lecture space
  • an exhibition space for visual arts

Together, these three embody A+P’s commitment to art and social practice.

The organization occupies a nearly 20,000 square-foot campus in Leimert Park, where it directs its programs and activities and works in partnership with two organizations that share its core values: the Hammer Museum, a leading university-based art institution, which curates exhibitions and public programs on the A+P campus; and The RightWay Foundation, which oversees the foundation’s foster youth services by delivering mental health services and job training to foster youth.