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Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Los Angeles City Council District 14

Spring 2015 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Los Angeles City Council District 14

Candidate order: Mario Chavez, Nadine Momoyo Diaz, Jose Huizar, Gloria Molina, John O'Niell

As part of its work to connect voters and candidates, Arts for LA presents these Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys to promote dialogue around issues related to arts education and its benefits.

Survey responses provided by each candidate are for voter information purposes only. Arts for LA does not endorse candidates seeking office. We are committed to fostering respectful, nonpartisan dialogue about issues relating to arts and culture. For more information, please read about our mission and values or our FAQ.

All eligible candidates were contacted to participate in the survey. If you would like to submit new or revise existing responses, please contact Cristina Pacheco at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

Voting for Los Angeles City Council District 14 will be held on Tuesday, March 3.

1 seat is available in this election. Elections are at large; voters may vote for any of the eligible candidates in this election.

For more information on where to vote, visit the Los Angeles County Clerk/Registrar-Recorder’s Office website.

Question 1: What was the most meaningful arts and cultural experience you had growing up?

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My Nana Marie Diaz introduced me to art, dance, writing and music as a child growing up in Boyle Heights. Her small and quaint home was complete with a piano, an organ, mandolin, clarinet, guitars, tambourine, flute, bass, bongos and several drum sets. Nana Diaz created a little work station in the living room for me. A little corner of the world with crayons, water colors, finger-paints, pencils, coloring books, paper and pens. It was a place I stayed content for hours while she took care of me from ages 2 to 6.

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Question 2: What do you believe the role of City Council should be in the development and support of the region's cultural infrastructure?

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The role of City Council is to embrace all cultures and people equally with an appreciation and understanding for identity, culture, art and connection to music, dance, poetry, literature and food. Because of my unique background of being Japanese and Mexican (Yaqui/Basque) American, it is important for me to recognize, respect, acknowledge and celebrate the cultural diversity of the City since that is what living in Los Angeles is all about. Angelenos represent the world...

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Question 3: How would you champion modifications to, or expansion of, the city's current funding stream for local arts and culture?

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As councilwoman of CD 14, I will seek private and public funding for the arts, cultural preservation and the creation of legislation to support all forms of art at the local level. Private monies from all resources such as philanthropists, celebrities, artists, actors, filmmakers and others to build a strong and thriving empire of art that attracts people from all over the world. Dialogue with those already interested and immersed in the local arts and culture to create a plan that includes a solid and continuous funding stream.

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Question 4: What three things would you do to deepen the city's investment in its creative economy (cultural tourism, indirect and direct jobs, nonprofit and for profit)?

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The City of Los Angeles is the mecca of art, culture, television, music, media, entertainment and film-making. It is important to implement a program that creates innovative business opportunities in these areas. Network, establish and build a collaboration of people, artists, neighborhoods, schools, institutions, foundations, organizations (for profit/nonprofit), philanthropists, celebrities, businesses; large and small to contribute and advocate for the advancement of the arts throughout City of Los Angeles. Create and develop policies to define and establish direct jobs and indirect jobs associated with the arts and the entertainment industry.

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