Take Action at Local Level

ELECTIONS – ARTS & CULTURE CANDIDATE SURVEYS

There are many local elections for city council, mayor, and school board coming up in the next few weeks. This is a great opportunity to reach out to your local candidates to complete the Spring 2017 Arts & Culture Candidate Survey if they have not done so already.

FEBRUARY 28 

Burbank City Council and Burbank Unified School District

MARCH 7 

33 elections, including:
Los Angeles City Council (8 seats), Mayor, and LAUSD (3 seats)

APRIL 4

Glendale and Glendale Unified School District
Inglewood and Inglewood Unified School District

APRIL 11

Monrovia 
Vernon 

APRIL 18

Arcadia Unified School District 
Compton Mayor and City Council

A full list of upcoming 2017 elections can be found here

ARTSDAYLA – FRIDAY, APRIL 7, LOS ANGELES CITY HALL

During ArtsWeek 2017, Arts for LA will be organizing delegate visits with LA City Councilmembers. To serve as a delegate, a person must agree to attend a 3 hour evening training prior to ArtsDay LA, as well as a four hour period (12 pm to 4 pm) on Friday, April 7. A person may nominate themselves.  Submit your nomination online by Friday, February 17. To determine your City Council district, visit here.

CONSIDER RUNNING FOR OFFICE OR PUBLIC SERVICE AS A COMMISSIONER

If you've ever considered public service, there are resources to help guide you. NationBuilder offers a free 2 hour course, "How To Run For Office." In addition, you can identify potential seats to run for here: https://www.runforoffice.org.

You’ve heard of the Police Commission and the Fire Commission, but as Liberty Hill‘s researchers discovered when planning their "Train to be a Commissioner" course at the Wally Marks Leadership Institute, not even the wonkiest policy wonks can name all of Los Angeles's 52 boards and commissions, never mind the many dozens of County and State boards and commissions. Find out more

SETTING A POLICY AGENDA

Arts for LA is committed to the following policy areas – the Arts, specifically advocating for equity and access for all people in LA; Arts Education for all students; a strong Creative Economy with opportunities for everyone; Civic Engagement through our ArtsVote work; and Social Justice including human rights, freedom of expression, immigrant rights, affordable housing.

This spring, Arts for LA will convene the community to identify policy goals in each of these areas. If you are interested in being a part of this process, send us an email at info@artsforla.org.

ONGOING ACTIVISM

Join a group of like minded people who are meeting across LA to develop creative responses to our most pressing issues, such as Task Force Artivist Collective.  Let us know of other community gatherings at info@artsforla.org.