Annette Rodriguez

City: Santa Fe Springs City
Position Seeking: Councilmember

Question 1: Please share the most meaningful arts and cultural experience you had growing up.

I loved the art of music, dance and art. I played the trumpet and clarinet in high school and became very good. I became the drum major and always competed in my music classes. I performed in parades and concerts all over El Monte and surrounding communities. I entered dance competitions as well. I loved being part of dance because it allows you to go outside your every day life and fill a new journey. I enjoy art in our city of SFS and welcome artists work.

Question 2: What do you think should be the role of City Council in the development and support of the region's arts and cultural infrastructure?

I feel we should encourage scholarships in the arts for our youth, parents and seniors in our community. We should encourage programs and enhance where needed. We need to support cultural infrastructure and its history to pass on to our youth and for our community to enjoy.

Question 3: What’s your vision for the city? What role, if any, does art and culture play in achieving that vision?

My vision is to enhance our arts in music, dance, art and culture. I plan to visit the schools and learn about their programs in the Arts. I plan to inspire, motivate and endorse these ideals by talking to our residential and business community and asking for their support.

Art plays a vital role in our community. Art inspires and motivates people to believe and dream and know that all things are possible.

Questions 4: A recent report by the Otis College of Design found that 1 in every 7 jobs in LA County is supports the creative sector and economy in Los Angeles County. What strategies, if any, would you pursue to enhance the region’s creative economy (i.e. cultural tourism, indirect and direct jobs, nonprofit and for profit organizations)?

I fully support the creative sector and economy and would enhance by endorcing and supporting the Arts and advertising the need for Arts in our community. I would like to see more Arts in our community by way of music, dance, acting, arts. I will reach out to all organizations and ask for their support in improving our creative sector.