Arts for LA Releases Inaugural Annual Report for 2011-2012

Tue, 12/18/2012 - 9:00am

Photo: annual report coverArts for LA is pleased to announce we have compiled a comprehensive Annual Report detailing our activities over the course of the last year.

"The annual report is a great opportunity for Arts for LA to tell our story and measure our impact to investors," said Danielle Brazell, executive director. The 2011-2012 Annual Report gives members, advocates, supporters, and colleagues an overview of our collective work from July 2011 through June 2012, including advocacy campaigns, expansion of our networks, and significant convenings organized throughout the year. 

During this time, Arts for LA coordinated the transmission of over 2,800 direct advocacy messages to elected officials throughout Los Angeles County during this time, including an extensive campaign to preserve elementary arts education from elimination in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest.  Six months later, LAUSD reversed course and established itself as a national leader in providing a complete education by placing the arts among the other core curriculum in the district, ensuring all students will have access to an arts-rich education.

“Arts for LA keeps a lot of plates spinning throughout the year,” said Charlie Jensen, communications manager.  “People who know our work in arts education, for example, might not be aware of how we work with city councils or Arts Day, so the report gives an opportunity to present a complete picture of our activities and impact.”

As part of its annual candidate survey activity, Arts for LA solicited responses from school district and city council candidates across Los Angeles County.  Thirty-seven school districts and three city councils participated in the survey program last year; their responses educated voters on each candidate’s philosophy on the value of arts and culture in schools and communities.

As a regional convener around issues relative to arts and culture, Arts for LA hosted two large events for the community last year.  The 2011 LA Convergence brought together leaders from education, business, and the arts to explore how our field can collaborate, share resources, and grow.  The very first LA Arts Day was held in April 2012 and connected arts participants, arts leaders, and Los Angeles City Councilmembers in a dialogue on the ways arts and culture improve the community and the quality of life for our residents.

Arts for LA also introduced our 2013-2017 Strategic Plan, which outlines how the organization will develop over the next several years to reach more arts advocates and inspire wider support for arts and culture in LA County.

Increasing social media tools to inspire greater awareness, education, and interest in the impact of arts and arts education was a significant part of last year’s work as well.  Twitter and Facebook communities grew throughout the year, inspiring more interaction and involvement from local arts advocates.

The Annual Report is available in PDF form from the Arts for LA website.

Barnsdall Arts, a longtime Arts for LA member and supporter, was inadvertently omitted from our list of members in the Annual Report.  Arts for LA apologizes to Barnsdall Arts for this oversight and thanks them for their ongoing support of advocacy in the Los Angeles County region!