The P.L.A.C.E.


The Partnership for Los Angeles’ Creative Education (PLACE) is a coalition of nonprofits led by DSTL Arts, Trade School Los Angeles and Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles. The purpose of The PLACE is to provide a pipeline of mentorship and education to emerging and seasoned professionals in the arts, ages 16 to 116. Through mentorship programs for youth and adults, skill-sharing workshops, and professional development opportunities for emerging arts professionals, The PLACE is uniquely poised to change the way the arts educate and build diverse communities in Los Angeles.

The #ArtsFam representing at readings, art shows, and community events!

DSTL Arts, Trade School Los Angeles and Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles are streamlining their programs and pooling their resources to support one another’s respective missions through The Partnership for Los Angeles’ Creative Education. DSTL Arts provides mentorships in the arts to creative, at-risk youth ages 16–21, while Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles provides mentorships to post-graduate, emerging leaders in the arts. As youth graduate from DSTL Arts’ programs, they will have the opportunity to continue their mentorship experience with the help of Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles. And throughout all participants’ involvement with our programs, they will have the opportunity to learn and share new skills through Trade School Los Angeles’ unique brand of barter-based workshops. Add in other innovative programs from DSTL Arts, Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles, and Trade School Los Angeles, including a co-working space for creative professionals, and The PLACE will be a hub for learning, professional development, and skill-sharing for all communities of Los Angeles.

As a project of DSTL Arts, all donations made to The PLACE will be fully tax-deductible. To learn more about the individual partners of The PLACE, feel free to visit the individual program websites below.

DSTL Arts:

Trade School Los Angeles:

Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles: