ArtsMonth 2018

April 03, 2018 at 12pm - April 29, 2018


In 2018, Arts for LA will hold the second annual ArtsMonth, a month-long series of events and opportunities for dialogue between the arts community and local representatives. 

History of ArtsMonth

The first annual ArtsDay held on April 11, 2012 brought together more than 75 arts supporters and city council office representatives inside City Hall in celebration of the City’s nonprofit arts and cultural sector and its role in building a vibrant, economic, social and civic Los Angeles. 

ArtsDay 2012 pioneered a dialogue between arts advocates and city council representatives with the goal of advancing access to arts throughout Los Angeles. Specifically, advocates urged council members and staff to retain the full 1% of the Transient & Occupancy Tax, the sole revenue stream for the Department of Cultural Affairs.

Launched in 2017, ArtsMonth expands ArtsDay into four weeks of events and opportunities across Los Angeles County. 2017 included a Town Hall meeting on how the arts are part of and impact other social justice movements, a presentation before the LA County Board of Supervisors, a presentation on the economic impact of arts and culture to the region’s mayors, a discussion of our Policy Framework, a “hack the arts” datathon, and events focusing on the power of youth leadership and arts education.

April 3: County Supervisors Declare ArtsMonth


Location: Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration (Board Hearing Room #381B), 555 W. Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm


On April 4, 2017, the LA County Board of Supervisors made history and voted unanimously to approve all 13 recommendations to address Cultural Equity and Inclusion in the Arts. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, the LA County Board of Supervisors will declare April to be ArtsMonth, continuing our tradition of collaboration with our representatives throughout ArtsMonth


April 7: Arts for Incarcerated Youth Camp Kilpatrick Mural Installation

AIYN_logo_color_300px.jpgOn Saturday, April 7th, Arts for LA is partnering with the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network to Install a mural at Camp Kilpatrick in Malibu.

If you are interested in attending this event, please bear in mind that all RSVP's and clearance forms must be completed by March 23rd at the latest.

To attend this event, please complete the clearance form HERE.


April 10: ArtsDay Santa Monica 2018

City_of_Santa_Monica_logo.pngSAVE THE DATE: On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at 5:30 pm Santa Monica will be hosting its second annual ArtsDay! The event will be held at 1685 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90401, the City of Santa Monica City Council Chambers.

If you are part of a municipality interested in hosting an ArtsDay, please contact Arts for LA directly at


April 16: Now Art LA's "Resilient Cities" Screening & Interactive Discussion


Location: RVCC Intersect in the Arts District! 2406 East 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Now Art LA is hosting a screening of "Resilient Cities" co-produced by LINKTV. Special Screening followed by an Interactive Dialogue between Artists featured in Kiev episode and local artists. Moderated by NOW Art LA.

Register for the Screening HERE!

April 20: ArtsDay LA 2018


ArtsDay is an annual opportunity to celebrate the contributions of the arts and to talk with elected officials about why the arts areimportant to us. 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.

ArtsDay 2018 will take place on Friday, April 20, at LA City Hall.


Interested in serving as a delegate? Contact for further information on nominations and expectations.

NOTE: Wear RED to visually amplify how the arts community is politically engaged and remind elected officials that we are a powerful voting bloc. The first 300 attendees will receive a free, red Arts Advocate T-shirt.

April 21: SCV Arts RunSCV_Arts_Run_logo.png

Location: Valencia Heritage Park - 24155 Newhall Ranch Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355

Time: 6:00 am **race starts at 8:00 am

Arts for Santa Clarita, dedicated to enriching the Santa Clarita community development and facilitation of arts programing, facilities, education, support, and advocacy is launching its first year with an exciting event and partnership. Help us celebrate the arts with the inaugural ArtsRun. 

Created in partnership with local race company extrordiare, New Global Adventures (, and set on the paseos of the San Francisquito Creek trails in Santa Clarita, this run/walk is designed to create awareness, education, and advocacy for the arts through a creative and fun run/walk. The run will feature live music, singing, painting, dance, acting and more fun activities while you run or walk the 10K, 5K, or Kids Dash. Registration is now open at or on the popular race network. Race day is Saturday, April 21, 2018, the race will start and finish at the Valencia Heritage Park in the heart of Santa Clarita at 24155 Newhall Ranch Rd, Santa Clarita, CA 91355.


Participant check-in will begin at 6:00 AM, the race starts at 8:00 AM. See website for full event details. 

April 27: Arts Access Datathon 2.0

The Arts Access Datathon is a one-day event exploring how data can be used to improve access to the arts for everyone,. It will take place Friday, April 27, 2018.

The Arts Access Datathon is sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

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April 28: Center for Cultural Innovation's Arts Convening


DATE: Saturday, April 28, 2018

TIME: 9:30am - 1:30pm

LOCATION: Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (Garden Level) - 244 S. San Pedro St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

DESCRIPTION: What are the necessary conditions for a sustainable arts ecosystem in Los Angeles 10 years from now? How can artists be agents for change to take the necessary actions NOW? A panel of local arts leaders from across the sector will provide provocations, stimulating participant-led conversations on urgent topics facing Angelenos today (and tomorrow), and resources will be shared to stimulate action.

REGISTER for the Arts Convening HERE


April 26 - 28: Get Lit Classic SlamScreen_Shot_2018-02-26_at_12.37.22_PM.png

DATE: Thursday, April 26 - Saturday, April 28, 2018

TIME: 5:00pm - 8:00pm

LOCATION: The Theatre at the Ace Hotel - 929 S. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90015

DESCRIPTION: 300 Poets. 50 Schools. 1 Champion. Join the revolution at the largest youth classic poetry festival in the world, where high school students from all over Southern California face off to “slam” iconic poems & their original responses. Every April (National Poetry Month) students complete Get Lit’s in-school program with this festival, judged by artistic thought leaders, for school spirit & cash scholarships. This year’s judges include Duckwrth, Neil Hilborn, Demi Adejuyigbe, Danielle Brazell, Gina Belfafonte, & Rhiannon McGavin!



Online Advocacy

We will hold our annual Tweet Out in April, focusing our advocacy online. As we get closer to ArtsMonth, be sure to follow and include Arts for LA in your social media for regular updates on ArtsMonth!

Instagram: @arts4la

Twitter: @Arts4LA

Facebook: Arts for LA

Use these hashtags to keep our network connected to what you are doing!

#artsforla #artsvote #artsdayla #artsmonth #artsadvocacy