Everyday Arts provides engaging professional development to educators and families of students with diverse learning needs.


Our research-based methodology fosters social-emotional learning and academic proficiency through fun and inclusive arts integration.


Who We Are

Vanessa Ramirez

Director of Operations and Programs

Noemy Hernandez



Matt Bogdanow

Director of Education and Grants

Laurel Butler

Director of

Youth Programming


What We Do

Everyday Arts prides itself on delivering fun, hands-on workshops that include collaborative art-making, group discussion, reflective practice, and lesson-planning. Participants learn inclusive teaching strategies, utilizing music, visual arts, drama, and movement activities aligned to the California Arts Standards. Whether in-person or via online learning, we are committed to creating community, fostering social-emotional learning, and providing dynamic, interactive trainings. 


Our methodology is based on the Universal Design for Learning, a research-backed framework that optimizes teacher practice by providing multiple means of engagement, representation, and action & expression for their students. Participants also explore the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning “Core SEL Competencies,” which enhance students’ capacity to integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviors to deal effectively and ethically with daily tasks and challenges.

Everyday Arts increases student engagement in online learning environments through inclusive arts integration. Our curriculum is adaptable for a wide range of populations, including students with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, emotional disturbance, and learning disabilities, and has been shown to have a positive effect on reaching Individual Educational Plan (IEP) goals. 

We offer a variety of customizable program formats aimed at meeting the unique needs of teaching staff, educational leadership, related service providers, and families, including:


  • Educators (including classroom teachers, teaching artists, and related service providers) learn activities and methodology via a series of workshops throughout the school year. 



  • Staff collaborates with teachers and related services providers to implement the strategies learned in the workshops, differentiating instruction for all age and ability levels as needed.



  • Parents and caretakers of students who are either early learners and/or have moderate to severe disabilities are invited to participate in arts activities with their children. 



  • Everyday Arts staff assists in the creation of high-quality, arts-integrated inclusive lessons for educators of students with diverse learning needs.

All Everyday Arts program offerings are available in-person as well as remotely.


How It Works

The research confirmed that arts integration impacts students' social-emotional outcomes in two ways: By providing teachers with simple, easy-to-implement activities that explicitly encourage growth on social-emotional competencies; and by providing teachers with a methodology that encourages student engagement, which in turn encourages social-emotional growth.


Connecting Arts Integration to Social-Emotional Learning among Special Education Students, published in UC Irvine’s Journal of Learning Through the Arts by Lauren Jobson-Ahmed, Rebecca Casciano, and Lina Cherfas, analyzes Everyday Arts for Special Education (EASE), the largest research-based professional development program for special education professionals in the country.

From 2010-2018, the founders of Everyday Arts (Noemy Hernandez, Matt Bogdanow, and Vanessa Ramirez) were instrumental in implementing EASE, serving as Program Coordinator and Lead Teaching Artists for Urban Arts Partnership. At the conclusion of a second U.S. Department of Education grant ($6 million over eight years), Everyday Arts was established as its own separate organization in order to sustain its powerful impact serving Los Angeles County.

  • Acceptance of change and transition to new activities and environments

  • Appropriately communicating needs/wants/feelings
  • Following simple one to multi-step directions

  • Regulates emotions

  • Makes and indicates choices

  • Maintains focus on materials and task

  • Participates in learning activities

  • Responds to prompts and instructions

  • Leads other peers in learning activities

  • Understands new concepts and vocabulary

  • Respects learning materials and uses them safely

EASE participants made statistically significant gains in the following priority areas that predict sustained positive developmental and emotional wellbeing:


of students mastered communications goals indicated in their

Individual Education

Plan (IEP). 


of students mastered socialization goals indicated in their IEP. 


of students demonstrated increased motivation, attention span, self-confidence and positive risk-taking. 

Source: U.S. Department of Education-funded results from the i3 Research Study (2010-2015) and PDAE Research Study (2014-2018)


Where We Go

“Everyday Arts at Echo Horizon” represents a landmark partnership between Everyday Arts and Echo Horizon, an award-winning school in Culver City with a unique approach to mainstreaming deaf students.


This VSA program is provided in 2019-2020 under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and consists of workshops and in-class coaching designed to improve the arts skills, academic proficiency, and social-emotional learning of students with disabilities.

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Participating educators from five LA County school districts and local independent schools.


Schools represented by teachers, administrators, and teaching artists. 


Students indirectly impacted through teacher trainings and education.

Everyday Arts continued its profound relationship with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by presenting at the 2019 “VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference.” VSA Intersections provides professionals in the intersecting fields of arts education and special education with the opportunity to share current information in research, practice, programs, and policy. The Everyday Arts workshop was entitled "Engaging All Learners: Inclusive Activities and Pedagogies for Student-Led Success!" and was attended by over forty educators, administrators, and teachings artists from across the country.

Everyday Arts was also featured at “Inventing Our Future: Integrated Learning Summer Institute,” an annual conference hosted by the Integrated Learning Department of the Alameda County Office of Education. The Everyday Arts session gave participants activities and instructional support to improve social-emotional and academic achievement through differentiated and student-led arts-integration, with a focus on students with moderate to severe special needs.

Everyday Arts is serving as guest artists in Laurel Butler's "Arts Education Approaches for Social Emotional Learning" course at Loyola Marymount University, delivering a series of Arts Experientials that feature collaborative lessons in a variety of art forms, as well as tools and strategies for adapting the activities to reach students with diverse learning needs. 

"It gave me such a great new perspective and understanding of special needs kids and how they learn."

"This program gives general education kids a chance to learn how to understand and empathize with the special needs population."

"I love the growing awareness of community instead of isolation within disability. Together we can do anything! There is such potential for our students to learn to appreciate and support each other's efforts and learn to help each other and work together."

"My biggest takeaway was learning what success looks like for every student."





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Everyday Days is fiscally sponsored by The Institute for Education, Research, and Scholarships (IFERS), an award-winning 501(c)(3) charity established in 2004 that has partners in 19 countries and a robust list of corporate sponsors, including American Film Institute, Boeing, Disney VoluntEARS, National Geographic, UCLA, and Women in Film.