Shannita.pngACTIVATE Arts Advocacy Leadership Program is an advocacy training and leadership development program of Arts for LA. The
program recognizes the importance of local leaders and seeks to empower these individuals with the skills, knowledge, and an expanded network to effect change in communities across Greater Los Angeles.


The ACTIVATE program has two tracks: Arts Education and Cultural Policy. Both tracks focus on leadership, policy, planning, coaching, implementation, and mobilization of advocacy initiatives in local communities. During this nine-month program, participants learn from the top leaders in social justice, education, cultural infrastructure, advocacy, communication, and policy. Each session features speakers who deepen advocate’s knowledge and empower them to take action.


The long-range goal of ACTIVATE is to recruit, train, and mobilize arts advocates in all 81 school districts and 88 municipalities in Los Angeles County in an effort to grow our arts advocacy network and strengthen our collective voice.


In its inaugural year (2014-15), ACTIVATE produced a leadership network of 39 knowledgeable, invested community leaders, trained to engage stakeholders in their communities, to increase local awareness of the importance of arts and arts education, and to take action to ensure that every resident and every student have equitable access to the arts.

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Become a Fellow

Application will open June 14, 2016, all residents of LA County are welcome to apply. Must be 18 years or older, and commit to the entire 9-month training program. Deadline to apply is August 1, 2016.

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Program Schedule

The program runs from September to May, with two parallel tracks: Arts Education and Cultural Policy.

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Activate Fellows

Directory of the 2015-16 Fellows.

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