Civic Engagement

Los Angeles County requires an informed, engaged, and involved society able to participate in their community and in their government. Participation in the arts is a crucial catalyst in fostering engaged residents, developing opportunities for public debate, volunteerism, and lifelong learning. Arts organizations and arts supporters play a critical role in advancing the arts in the region.


The  ArtsVote  Campaign is  a  multi-strategy campaign  designed to  engage  residents,  provide  opportunities  for  public  discourse,  bolster volunteerism, and provide avenues for arts organizations to show their #ArtsVote power.

We achieve this through:

  • Arts and Culture Candidate Surveys
  • Arts and Cultural Candidate Forums
  • Arts and Cultural Polling Places: Registering polling places, poll worker training
  • Organization Training: H-Election, Non-profit electoral rights
  • Legislation Tracking
  • Get Out The Vote promotion
Partners include the LA County Registrar & Recorders Office, League of Women Voters,  United Way, and promotional partners for surveys. 
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Arts Delegates 2017

Materials and resources for Arts Delegates meeting with LA City Council District Offices on ArtsDay 2017.

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Candidate Surveys

Arts for LA conducts Arts and Culture Candidate Surveys of all candidates seeking office in any of LA County’s 88 cities and 81 school districts.

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Candidate Forums

Holding Candidate Forums to discuss topics important to voters.

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Non-Profit Polling Places

Making arts and cultural spaces polling places across LA County

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Our work as advocates takes place not only locally, but also at the state and federal levels. For 2015-16, we are tracking the following bills and legislation.

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Voter Registration

Californians with a social security number and a valid California driver's license or California-issued identification card may complete registration online at the California Secretary of State's website.

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LA Youth Vote

“High School Voter Education” weeks are April 18 – May 16 and we are looking for educators, community partners, and government officials who would be interested in partnering with us to host voter outreach and awareness drives on high school campuses.

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Arts Delegates 2018

Materials and resources for Arts Delegates meeting with LA City Council District Offices on ArtsDay 201.

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