Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center (FPCAC)
Fernando Pullum, Executive Director and Founder, is an educator and professional musician. Despite his difficult childhood growing up on Chicago’s Westside, the city’s toughest neighborhood, Fernando earned his bachelor’s degree in music education (1981) and master’s in trumpet performance (1983). Fernando moved to Los Angeles in 1983 to follow his dream of becoming an educator and professional musician. He assumed the music program at L.A.’s Washington Prep High School. Under his tutelage, the program thrived. In 1989, LAUSD recognized Fernando’s music program as the first music magnet in South Los Angeles. During the years that followed, 100% of Fernando’s students graduated with a high school diploma and only one student failed to enroll in college during the next fifteen years. Fernando has been recognized by many organizations and individuals throughout his tenure, including Oprah, VH-1, the John Lennon Foundation and the State of California as its teacher of the year. He has performed and recorded with many industry greats, such as Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Jackson Browne, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Pharrel, John Legend and more.
Over the years, Fernando’s students have performed for many dignitaries, including President Ford and Prince Charles. The students have performed with Jackson Browne, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Lionel Hampton, Wynton Marsalis, Al Jarreau, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and many other incredible musicians. They have opened the Playboy Jazz Festival four times and traveled to Cuba, Brazil, Spain, and New York. Recently, Mr. Pullum and the FPCAC Jazz Band was honored to perform at the Emmy’s Nomination Reception for Governors Michael Levine, Rickey Minor and their music peer group executive committee.
FPCAC provides quality arts instructions to under-served students in South Los Angeles. Through a program of structured instruction and curriculum, students build self-esteem, develop civic responsibility through regular community service projects and learn to apply the same dedication and commitment to academic achievement.
The FPCAC offers the following free classes: Piano, Guitar, Dance, Drums, Drama, Film, Music Recording, Beginning Instruments, Junior and Senior Jazz Band and Choir. Classes are held Monday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm and Saturdays from 9am to 12 noon at the FPCAC.
Through Memorandum of Understandings with the following schools: Marcus Garvey, 54th Street, Wilders, Grace Hopper and Little Angels, the FPCAC provides free art classes to students enrolled in their respective educational programs. These classes are taught by the FPCAC instructors during normal school hours at their sites. In Collaboration with Marcus Garvey School, the FPCAC offers an Afterschool Enrichment Program which provides educational instruction in Math and Reading.
The FPCAC is located at 3351 West 43rd Street, L.A., CA 90008. For more information about our program or to donate funds, contact our office at 323-292-2700, email us at email@example.com or visit our website at www.pullumcenter.org .