Senate Approves Coburn Amendment - Cuts Arts Out of Stimulus Package

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AFTAYesterday, the Senate approved the Coburn Amendment, offered by Sen. Tom. Coburn (R-OK) that prohibits funding for "....

LAUSD ACPN Urgent Action - Update

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The LAUSD ACPN advocacy campaign made the front page of the LA Times. The article illustrated the impact the budget freeze has on the over eighty ACPN providers.

The Arts: Coming to the White House!

Today on Meet the Press, President-elect Obama spoke about this plans to address the County's economic crisis, foreign policy, tax cuts and his intension to "open the White House up to inspire innovation and imagination. He wants to remind people that "the White House is the people's house. He also intends to host poets, artists and musicians because "art, culture, science is the essense of what makes America special."

Artists Mobilize Around MOCA and Bob Baker's Marionette Theatre


MOCA DowntownWith the news of MOCA financial crisis, artists have begun to mobilize and rally support for the contemporary art institution.

State Budget Woes Threaten School Districts

The LA Times Homeroom Blog reported that another $3 billion in cuts have been proposed to the Department of Education for FY 08-09

State Supt. of Pubic Instruction Jack O'Connell made a statement in response to the cuts.

2008 Arts Leadership Convergence

On October 1st, Arts for LA gathered 200 arts, civic and education leaders at the Skirball Cultural Center to review a policy platform that will focus collective advocacy efforts over the next two budget cycles. M_Alexander

The platform, rooted in a value statement, contains eleven goals centered around five issue areas: Arts Education, Funding & Revenue Streams, Cultural Infrastructure, Cultural Tourism and Integration with Every Aspect of Civic Life.

Arts for LA Welcomes Camille Schenkkan!

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Camille started in September and has hit the ground running. In addition to managing the day-to-day membership program, Camille is charged with implementing our online communication systems, including our Drupal website and monthly eblasts and reservation systems. Additionally Camille will assist in Arts for LA's day-to-day operations.

Advocacy Works

Arts for LA applauds Michael Alexander, Nathan Birnabum, Sasha Anawalt, Cynthia Campoy Brophy, Jilly Carzenes, Terence McFarland Michelle Mierz, Mark Seldis, Jan Williamson and Ayndrea Wilson for carving time out of their very busy day to spend almost an entire day at City Hall inside council chambers, advocating for the betterment of our field and the diverse communities we serve.

Candidate Forum Recap!

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Arts for LA is pleased to report that the forums with the leading supervisorial candidates, CA Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas and City of LA Councilman Bernard Parks yielded two important conversations about the arts in LA County.

Recap! April 12th Forum with Sentator Mark Ridley-Thomas

Candidate Forum