ArtsDay 2013

  • 1 in 8 jobs in Los Angeles County is part of the larger creative economy (Otis Report on the Creative Economy)
  • 96% of Arts for LA supporters are registered voters (Arts for LA survey)
  •  Arts participants are 5 times more likely to vote (California Participation Project)
  • Los Angeles has the second highest concentration of resident artists in the nation (Los Angeles Mayor's Council on Innovation & Industry)
  • Our arts sector is a collaborative powerhouse as witnessed through Pacific Standard Time’s region-wide participation
  • Los Angeles is home to over 5,000 fashion labels and has more fashion jobs than any other American city (Fashion's Night Out)
  • The arts funnel $1.3 billion into the city in tax revenues (Otis Report on the Creative Economy)

ArtsDay is an annual opportunity for Angelenos to celebrate the contributions of arts and culture to the community and to talk with their elected officials about why the arts are important to us.

Now in its second year, ArtsDay unites artists, audiences, and arts organizations with the leaders who represent them in City Hall, fostering stronger relationships between those crafting the vision of LA’s future and those who make it a reality. 

According to the California Participation Project, people who attend arts and culture events are five times more likely to vote than their neighbors.  The Los Angeles Mayor’s Council on Innovation and Industry recently reveled our city has the second largest population of artists in the United States. Together, these facts suggest the arts—and the people who love them—can and should help chart the course of the next Los Angeles.

We use ArtsDay as an opportunity to highlight the contributions of the arts to all spheres of life, from education to business, public safety to health care, transportation to innovation.  We thank our elected officials for their investments in arts and culture in their communities and ask them to keep their pledges to foster healthy, vibrant, and prosperous communities that include the arts.

How to Participate

**NEW**  Check out our guide for Advocates joining us the morning of ArtsDay (under "Downloads" on the left)!

Join Us at the City Council Meeting!

Photo: Andrew Colunga ArtsDay shirtArts for LA invites all residents of Los Angeles to join us for the April 17 City Council meeting in the John Ferraro City Council Chamber of Los Angeles City Hall.  The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.

Arts for LA has coordinated a group of speakers to address the council about the value, impact, and importance of arts, culture, and creativity to Los Angeles's identity as America's "Creative Capital."  The City Council will present a special proclamation recognizing ArtsDay 2013.

The first 250 people who RSVP for the City Council meeting will receive a free ArtsDay2013 T-shirt with a design created by LA artist Andrew Colunga.  When all 250 advocates present wear their ArtsDay shirts, the City Council will see a wonderful visual statement about the collaborative power of the arts!

Sign up to attend the meeting and let us know your t-shirt size by clicking here.
**Advanced registration has closed for ArtsDay, but you can still show up and join us at the meeting!

Thank Your Councilmember

We'll be inviting Los Angeles residents to contact their City Councilmembers to thank them for their ongoing support of arts and culture in the City of Los Angeles.  These messages are so important in our ongoing work of establishing positive partnerships with our elected officials and to let them know we appreciate they've preserved support for the arts even when difficult funding decisions must be made. 

Click here to view the campaign page, select your city councilmember, or find out who represents you on the City Council.

Show Your ArtsDay Pride

Photo: ArtsDay AdvocateFlip your social media profile pictures to our special ArtsDay Advocate badge to show your support of ArtsDay online.  Whether you keep it a day or two weeks, your effort makes a difference and helps us spread the impact of ArtsDay across Los Angeles!  Just right-click on the image on the right to save it to your computer.

This photo is perfectly sized for Facebook and Twitter.  You can also download it from our Flickr stream (click "download the original size of this photo").

ArtsDay Sponsors & Supporters

Thank you to our generous sponsors and supporters, whose contributions and in-kind donations helped make ArtsDay possible:

American Apparel logo

American Apparel

The Boeing Company

The Boeing Company

Photo: Blick logo

Blick Art Materials


David Bohnett Foundation

David Bohnett Foundation

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ArtsDay 2013 is supported, in part, by The James Irvine Foundation

the James Irvine Foundation


Stay Tuned!

More information on ArtsDay will appear on this page as the date approaches.