Creative arts school finds a new location
By Cindy Arora For The pasadena Star News
EL MONTE -- Not everyone believes dance is sinful.
A month after Creative Planet School of the Arts was evicted from property owned by Christian landlords because of practices deemed "pagan' and "sinful,' it has found a new home at United Methodist Church on 3903 Tyler Ave.
The art school will not only be able to continue its after-school program where teachers instruct in everything from modern dance to yoga, but on Jan. 6 the school will expand.
"The need came up to start a day school, so we did,' said Bill Rugh, director of Creative Planet. "We had this in our heads when we first started the school but that was for five years from now ... but because of everything that's happened we had to accelerate the plan.'
Rugh and his staff of eight paid employees and a handful of volunteers were forced to close the school's doors to about 40 students on Nov. 15. The art school was on property owned by the Wesleyan Church and El Monte Christian School at 2400 Santa Anita Ave. for nearly two years.
The school opened with the approval of Wesleyan's Church's former pastor, Dave Ellis, and the church's board. But when Pastor Edgar Chacon and his board took over, they didn't approve of the curriculum being taught at the school and shut it down. click for more