Laity is a Non-Profit 501(C)(3) Private Arts Foundation under section 509(a). All donations are tax-deductible. EIN 95-4272193

"Laity Institute of the Arts is a proud recipient of a grant from the



The Ruth & Joseph C. Reed Foundation for the Arts was founded by Ruth Reed to create new, and support existing, hands-on art experience programs for teens and pre-teens in underserved, and at-risk communities, across Southern California.


Founded in 1989, LIA's approach to the arts is based on the belief that a strong foundation in the arts begins with early education. The ultimate appreciation and thriving existence of the arts depends on individuals who have been taught, early-on the value, and richness the arts possess. Students having experienced and benefited by the arts in their own lives, will guarantee their thriving existence long into the future without question of purpose or merit.

LIA has chosen to execute this plan by teaching the pillars of Visual Arts, Animation, Dance Drama, and Music. Secondly, by providing a forum where these disciplines can be married together and showcased through local productions, recitals, and exhibits. All this is accomplished through the  LIA Giving Fund.

Why Support Us?


Arts programs are typically the first programs cut in tightening budgets and have suffered from many years of declining school budgets. Yet, arts programs are required by the state and government to be an integral part of the curriculum, a recognition of their benefit to cognitive learning skills. LIA supports arts education for all students as a vital and fundamental part of the core curriculum. The arts foster students' abilities to develop problem-solving skills, flexibility, creativity, cooperative approaches, persistence, and responsibility as well as oral and written language skills. 


We would like to emphasize that as much as we appreciate large gifts, even small gifts truly help. The LIA Giving Fund helps to support and supplement the following programs on an annual basis:

  • Art Program

  • Acting Program

  • Dance Program

  • Media Arts & Animation

  • Music Program

Here are our support levels of recognition for LIA

  • Arts Supporter        $25  - $500

  • Community Circle  $600 - $900

  • Artists Circle           $1000

  • Directors Circle       $5000

  • Producers Circle     $10,000 +    

We are grateful for your support and your tax-deductible donation has an immediate impact. It is contributors like you who make it possible for LIA  to continue its vital work of bringing fun, yet rigorous study and instruction to all children in our visual and performing arts programs. Please make a tax-deductible gift to help us reach our goals and maintain the artistic quality of our arts programs. Please consider making a gift.  Donate Now.

Musical anyone? Support LIA by Producing one of our Licensed Musicals!

LIA has the exclusive rights to two original musicals which can be produced as a fundraiser for your organization or community theater group.  By producing one or both of these shows the royalty/performing rights fees will be donated directly to the LIA Giving Fund. Click on a show for more info.