In the world of art, showing your work in a “Gallery” is a major event. For most students, it doesn’t happen until after they graduate. Thanks to LAUSD teacher Leila Levi and her colleagues at Westchester High School, students in the district don’t have to wait. Levi has created an education-community art-space co-op called Studio 18 to provide real world experience to LAUSD students and their families. It’s a place where students – as well as LAUSD teachers and staff – can promote their artistic endeavors. Though the gallery is a private endeavor, its focus is to provide LAUSD artists with an opportunity to showcase their talents. Students and teachers take turns staffing the studio/gallery, including putting up and taking down shows, cleaning the space, and selling artworks.