The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) will receive the Arts & Sciences Cities of Distinction Award from the Phi Beta Kappa Society in recognition of the quality, depth, range, and vibrancy of its community engagement with the arts and sciences.
"Los Angeles is the creative capital of the world, so culture isn't an afterthought for us - it's part of who we are, and it's essential to the health and happiness of our people," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "Art has the extraordinary power to transform perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors, especially when it lives in places that are accessible to everyone."
As the nation's most prestigious academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa is best known for inducting outstanding undergraduate students across the nation. It launched the Arts & Sciences Cities of Distinction Award in 2016 to spotlight cities or metropolitan regions for their exceptional artistic vitality, cultural vibrancy, and scientific engagement. Previous recipients of this award include the cities of Chicago, Portland, Oregon, and Atlanta.