City: Los Angeles
Position Seeking: City Council – District 11
Question 1: Please share a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music, media arts) while growing up and its impact on you.
In junior high school I fell in love with graphic arts and almost lived in the graphic arts shop. It became my homeroom, I took graphic arts each semester, and took on special printing projects in my spare time.
Question 2: What do you believe the role of City Council should be in developing and supporting the region’s arts and cultural infrastructure?
As much as we can do. Arts education attracts many students to stay in school, enriches their entire lives and contributes to the success of our entertainment, fashion, arts, music and advertising industries.
Question 3: What’s your vision for the city? What role, if any, does art and culture play in advancing that vision?
Art, music and culture are integral and significant parts of what makes LA a great city.
Questions 4: A recent report by the Otis College of Design found that 1 in every 6 jobs in LA County supports the creative sector and economy in Los Angeles County. If elected, how will you aim to ensure the continued vitality and growth of the creative economy and the artistic community that it supports?
I’m not sure. I will look towards the practitioners of the creative and artistic community to advise me.
Advocate for Hollywood Guilds
In 1996 Mark was retained by the Writers Guild of America, west , the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Musicians Union Local 47 and other Hollywood entertainment guilds to win repeal of the City of Los Angeles Home Occupation Permit.
“Mark organized a forceful coalition of creative artist guilds and writers groups and then led them on a relentless campaign, in city hall and in Sacramento, until the author of the Home Occupation Permit cried “uncle” and repealed her own ordinance,” Brian Walton, former Executive Director, Writers Guild of America