L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs


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L.A.C.E.R. Plus at King Middle School


We are very excited to announce an expansion of our services at King Middle School with a new offering, L.A.C.E.R. Plus. This will provide students and parents the opportunity to attend special workshops after school, beyond the choices we already offer to hundreds of kids every day though our free after school program.  Thanks to the great work and input from the King administration, Friends of King, parents, students and the L.A.C.E.R. Staff and Board of Directors we are launching three workshops in order to provide for our growing community and to prepare ourselves for a more comprehensive menu of offerings next year.

For more information on pricing and to register for any of the workshops below (limited space available), CLICK HERE!

  • SPANISH IMMERSION: an exciting immersion course in Spanish provided by the great team at Kallpachay! 
  • FLAMENCO DANCE: another series of dance workshops focusing on Flamenco, with a 'sharing' at the end.
  • HOMEWORK HEROES: this small group 'study hall' is led by King Middle School teachers (Diaz and Egeler).
  • Students (L.A.C.E.R. and L.A.C.E.R. Plus) will receive a healthy snack after school and will be led by our great program staff until the end of each day.


HELP and INFO: Please drop us a note if you need help or have suggestions as we launch this exciting expansion: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The use of school premises has been granted pursuant to the provisions of Sections 17400, et seq., of the Educational Code of the State of California to L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs from the Board of Education of the LAUSD. The Board of Education does not sponsor or take responsibility, nor does it necessarily endorse any of the activities, statements, or opinions which may be expressed at this meeting or activity.




ART Thursday 4/16 (3-6pm) @ LeConte MS

DANCE Friday 4/24/15 (7:30-9:30pm) @ King MS

MUSIC Friday 5/1/15 (7:30-9:30pm) @ Musician’s Institute


 From the $100 to the $5,000 level, you can help young people learn that people they don’t know actually care about them and about them and arts’ education.  Becoming a STARFEST SPONSOR helps pay for art materials, instruments, repairs, professional musicians, dancers, and artists who teach our students after school, which is often the ONLY arts’ programming available to many students. These are the culminating events for the arts’ programming in our after school programs for middle and high school students, who all school year, have learned to play in marching bands, start “garage bands”, write stories, create and learn dance routines, write poetry, create graphic arts projects in a variety of media, participate in award-winning precision dance teams, and learn to play folk and classical guitar.  Please come to see these fabulous young people perform and support them by being a SPONSOR.

Tickets to each of these events are free or very low cost to families and the community, though we always request a donation to support the arts programming for our young people.  SPONSORS receive priority seating tickets at each STARFEST event, as well as recognition on our website, and at each school that has a program culminating event, which will be seen by community families in your service area.  

But, of course, the most important reason to become a SPONSOR is that your fully tax deductible generosity helps some pretty wonderful young people dream big, learn new skills, and connect in a positive way with their greater community. 



Mail checks to 1277 N. WILCOX AVE, SUITE 2, LOS ANGELES, CA 90038  



NOW  LACER Art Gallery at Trader Joe's on Vine Currently showing art work from all four L.A.C.E.R. middle school programs during store hours @ 1600 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Annual WORD WIZARD Vocabulary & Spelling Competition

  • MARCH 19  Irving Middle School at 4:00 pm in Room S-4
  • MARCH 23  King Middle School at  4:00 pm in the Library
  • MARCH 25  Bancroft Middle Schools at 4:00 pm in Room 234
  • MARCH 26  LeConte Middle Schools at 4:00 pm in Room 260
  • APRIL 15  SUPER WORD WIZARD FINALS to be held at King Middle School (further details TBA)

 APRIL 16  LACER Art Show Thursday 4/16 (3-6pm) @ LeConte Middle School's Small Gym featuring works from the LACER visual art programs at Bancroft, Irving, King and LeConte Middle Schools.

APRIL 24  STARFEST 2015: DANCE SHOW at King Middle School from 7:30 to 9:30pm

MAY 1  STARFEST 2015: ROCK SHOW at Musicians Institute from 7:30 to 9:30pm

MAY 7  Grammy Museum Performance Saturday 3/7, 11am-12pm - LeConte and Irving Middle Schools perform along with Hollywood High School @ The Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets are free but RSVP required, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

MAY 15  Hard Rock Café Performance Sunday 3/15, 12pm-1pm - Bancroft Middle School and Fairfax High School perform sets at the Hard Rock Cafe on Hollywood Blvd.

MAY 22  Annual Rock Show (California Arts Council) Friday 5/22, 4-5pm - students in LACER's longest-running rock band at LeConte Middle School perform a 45 min. set for their peers, teachers, parents and fiends.

The Dick Seymour Arts Fund

In Celebration of the Adventurous Life of American Artist Richard Frank "Dick" Seymour (1937-2015) friends and family encourage donations to The Dick Seymour Arts Fund in lieu of flowers. The Dick Seymour Arts Fund will support visual art students within the L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs led by his son, founding member and Executive Director, Will Seymour.

Now in it's 20th year, LACER provides award-winning art, academic and athletic activities to thousands of youth, for free, each year. The Dick Seymour Arts Fund will provide much needed art supplies, portfolios and technology to students seeking higher education in the visual arts. To find out more about Dick Seymour, and the work LACER does, please visit DickSeymour.com and LACERstars.org.

Donate by MAIL or by PHONE:
The Dick Seymour Arts Fund
L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs
1277 N. Wilcox Ave., Suite 2
Los Angeles, California 90038
(323) 957-6481

Donate ONLINE:


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LISTEN: "Spotlight on the Community"

L.A.C.E.R.'s Will Seymour ("Mortified", "Joan of Arcadia" and "This American Life) sits down with Denise Westwood at 95.5 KLOS "Spotlight on the Community" to discuss growning up, getting involved and how a safe and caring after school environment like the L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs can help kids find a direction for the rest of their lives. Listen to the podcast here.

MAJOR GIFT: The Wilbur May Foundation

Partnerships like The Wilbur May Foundation, a long-time supporter, help L.A.C.E.R. make the arts an integral part of the after school experience for thousands of youth in Los Angeles. In a new initiative that began in early 2014, The Wilbur May Foundation ARTStars – Connecting Youth Through the Arts program provided an additional 23,300 hours of instruction and performance time across six L.A.C.E.R. schools. By doing so, L.A.C.E.R. was able to provide an arts experience for every student, that’s over 7,000 middle and high school youth who benefited from this expanded collaboration.

Listen to Will Seymour’s conversation with Denise Westwood on 95.5 KLOS “Spotlight on the Community” as he explains how L.A.C.E.R. changes lives daily through arts, athletics and academics and the new initiative made possible by a major gift from The Wilbur May Foundation.