CD12 Strives to Be the "Creative Hub" of LA County

Tue, 03/19/2013 - 2:53pm

Photo: Nonprofit Arts Day Summit panelistsOn March 18, Arts for LA joined the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission on a panel for the District 12 Nonprofit Arts Summit, organized by Councilmember Mitchell Englander.

Attendees represented nonprofit arts organizations and interests from around the San Fernando Valley.  District 12 of the Los Angeles City Council covers the communities of Chatsworth, Granada Hills, North Hills, Northridge, Porter Ranch, Reseda, Sherwood Forest, and West Hills.

“We've heard from the community the desire to highlight the San Fernando Valley's rich artistic and cultural assets and establish the Valley as the "Creative Hub" of the region,” Councilmember Englander said. “We started the Nonprofit Summit series to foster collaboration, encourage community partnership projects, and to provide a venue where engaged members of the community can share resources and network with each other.”

Danielle Brazell, Arts for LA’s executive director, started by telling her own story as a child growing up in the area and how an encounter with the arts changed her life, setting her on a positive path.  She went on to discuss how the arts, the economy, public safety, and community development are inherently interconnected, which helps everyone make the case for greater investment in arts and culture throughout Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Commission on the Arts grants manager Sofia Klatzker and Felicia Filer, public art division director of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, spoke about the ways in which arts organizations can access resources, technical assistance, and funding at the city and county levels.

Photo: Nonprofit Arts Day Summit

Of the event, Councilmember Englander said, “I'm grateful to our panelists for their support of Valley artists and arts organizations. The information shared at the Nonprofit Summit is of tremendous help, providing technical expertise, resources and best practices to help the San Fernando Valley leverage the arts for community and economic development.”

For more information on Council District 12, visit http://cd12.lacity.org/index.htm.