Candidate Forums

Holding Candidate Forums to discuss topics important to voters.

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In order to support and assist the voters of LA County, Arts for LA will partner with key nonpartisan leaders in Los Angeles to hold Candidate Forums that facilitate respectful and issue-based conversations on topics that are important to voters.

With over 88 cities and 81 school districts, Arts for LA cannot realistically host candidate forums for every race. For this reason, we also frequently share any information we receive about nonpartisan candidate forums happening across the County. If you know of a candidate forum for the spring 2017 elections, please notify us so we can post in online and let other people know.

Questions for Candidates at Forums

Ideas for questions to ask at your local candidate forum!  If you attend a forum, take along this list of questions and ask one. Then tell us about your experience at

School Board Forum

  • What role do you think creativity can play in supporting key priorities of the district, such as reducing the drop out rate, closing the achievement gap, and preparing more students for college eligibility and/or meaningful careers? 
  • In light of the new funding structure for school districts in the state (i.e. the Local Control Funding Formula), how do you see arts education aligning with the eight new priority areas? 
  • What will you do to ensure that every child has access to a complete education that includes the arts? 

City Council Forum

  • What do you believe the role of City Council should be in the development and support of the region's cultural infrastructure? 
  • How would you champion modifications to, or expansion of the City's current funding stream for local arts and culture? 
  • What three things would you do to deepen the City's investment in its creative economy (cultural tourism, in-direct and direct jobs, nonprofit and for profit)?

County Board of Supervisors Forum

  • As Supervisor, how would you ensure that all public school students receive a well-rounded education that includes quality arts education instruction?
  • If elected Supervisor, how would you increase LA County's investment in the non-profit cultural sector?
  • Given the successful models in many local communities, from LA METRO's art in transit to recent policies that establish a higher percentage allocation (2%) for private developments, what changes should be made to the County's policy for public art projects for county capital projects?
  • What do you believe the role of the County Board of Supervisors should be in the development and support of the region’s cultural infrastructure? 
  • As Supervisor, what would you do to support the development of regional approach to cultural tourism?
  • In light of the County’s Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative, how would you address issues of inclusion, equity, and diversity in the region’s nonprofit cultural arts sector?