Bard is centrally located in a vibrant, diverse community along the densely-populated Wilshire Boulevard corridor in Koreatown near MacArthur Park. Bard's offices and classrooms are centrally located, close to the Wilshire/Vermont Metro station, and within walking distance of several public schools and community organizations.
As a global arts, music, and entertainment capital and urban immigrant center, Los Angeles has often been at the forefront of democratic movements promoting human rights and creative free expression. But the city is challenged by growing inequality, environmental injustices, and discriminatory legacies felt most profoundly in its under-resourced communities and public schools. Our neighborhood reflects these contradictions and provides a dynamic setting for graduate students ready to ask difficult questions together while working toward a more just and democratic future for the city we love.
As the only graduate and credentialing program in the city's federally designated LA Promise Zone, Bard collaborates with local educators creatively addressing the challenges of poverty and marginalization through civic engagement, political organizing, community service, and proactive educational policy and practice.