Request for Blogs: Cultural Facilities & Proposed Public/Private Partnerships

Tue, 01/18/2011 (All day)

Arts for LA invites submissions of first-person blogs from people involvedArts for LA Blog and Civic Participation Opportunities in the City of Los Angeles' proposed transition of certain city-operated cultural facilites to public/private partnerships.

We're looking for first-person accounts of how community and cultural leaders are working with multiple stakeholder groups to continue to serve the needs of their communities.  We hope to open dialogue between the many groups working at various Los Angeles City Cultural Centers, so the larger community can learn from one another.  What are your solutions?  How are you working with your communities? 

Scope
The blog series is designed to generate thoughtful dialogue by the many people, organizations and constituencies currently invested in the future of these facilities, and to provide a space for discussion among these groups.  We are looking for the personal perspectives of people who have been involved with the cultural facilities issue as artists, advocates or community stakeholders. 

Blogs will be posted on the Arts for LA website, on Facebook, and linked through our monthly e-blast.  The Comments section will be open and Arts for LA will provide a Forum for those interested in ongoing discussion of this complex, sometimes thorny issue.

For a brief background on this topic, please visit artsforla.org/la-cultural-centers.  Arts for LA suggests interested bloggers read the CAO's report and familiarize themselves with the history of the issue prior to writing.

Criteria
Blogs should be between 500 & 750 words, and focus on the author's specific engagement with the issue (check out artsforla.org/blogs for length and content examples). 

Blogs must follow Arts for LA's Principles & Style Guide, available for download here (PDF format) and on our About page.  These principles include positivity, solutions-based thinking, and a focus on issues instead of people. 

Selection
Deadline for the initial blog series: February 15, 2011.  The Arts for LA staff is looking for blogs representing a diversity of stakeholder perspectives that follow the guidelines outlined above, demonstrate deep knowledge of the issues, and offer positive solutions and/or insight into how stakeholders can work together.  To submit a blog or ask a question, please email us at advocate@artsforla.org.  Include your name and a draft or outline of your proposed blog.  As is standard policy for our site, Arts for LA reserves the right to delete or decline to publish offensive, inappropriate or abusive language.

Thank you for your participation!