Spring 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Long Beach Unified School District 5

Spring 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Long Beach Unified School District 5

Candidate order: Diana Craighead

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 Charlie Jensen at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

The Actors Fund, KCET Artbound, LA2050, and the Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Voting for Long Beach will be held on Tuesday, April 8.

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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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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Spring 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Long Beach Unified School District 3

Spring 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Long Beach Unified School District 3

Candidate order: John McGinnis, Juan Benitez

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 Charlie Jensen at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

The Actors Fund, KCET Artbound, LA2050, and the Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Voting for Long Beach will be held on Tuesday, April 8.

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.

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Spring 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Long Beach Unified School District 1

Spring 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Long Beach Unified School District 1

Candidate order: Uduak-Joe Ntuk, Megan Kerr

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 Charlie Jensen at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

The Actors Fund, KCET Artbound, LA2050, and the Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Voting for Long Beach will be held on Tuesday, April 8.

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.

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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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Spring 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Long Beach City Council District 9

Spring 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Long Beach City Council District 9

Candidate order: Ben Daugherty, Rex Richardson

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 Charlie Jensen at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

The Actors Fund, KCET Artbound, LA2050, and the Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Voting for Long Beach will be held on Tuesday, April 8.

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?

I believe I was nine when my grandmother took my to see 'West Side Story' at a local dinner theater. The cast served us, and for my youthful mind meeting the lead actress was supreme. I grew up pretty rough and tumble, but deep inside I've always loved musicals. Now as an adult I crave to find that experience over and over.

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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?

I'm uninformed and therefor cannot answer with integrity. However, I am a strong believer in the Arts and will advocate, whenever possible.

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Spring 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Long Beach City Council District 7

Spring 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Long Beach City Council District 7

Candidate order: Roberto Uranga, Teer Strickland, Lee Chauser, Joan Greenwood

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 Charlie Jensen at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

The Actors Fund, KCET Artbound, LA2050, and the Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Voting for Long Beach will be held on Tuesday, April 8.

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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Acting in Clifford Odet's "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs," at Magnolia Playhouse, and "Tall Story" and "The Night of January 16th," at Polytechnic High School. Singing Barbershop and acting in "Wilbur Faces Life," at Hughes Jr. High, and seeing Ray Charles perform at the Municipal Auditorium.

School excursions to live performances, girl scout excursions to Boston area museums and my mother's love of classical music and municipal band concerts.

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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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Take kids and Seniors to see Opera, Theatre, and Choral, and Orchestral programs. Developing the talent of the younger generation. Having free concerts and performances throughout the city. Bring back the Comedia Del Arte.

The City of Long Beach has a active and successful Arts Council. I would work towards enhancing its ability to provide funding for neighborhood-scale events in my District. As a Community Leader, I have been volunteer at neighborhood events that provide cultural experiences to young children in economically-challenged households.

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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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Ask foundations for money to support the arts, create ensembles of talented children and juniors and seniors to make theatrical companies in the city. Perform for free, and ask for donations.

I would actively seek out private sources of income for the Long Beach Municipal Band Concerts and the Long Beach Junior Concert Band andthe International Childrens Choir to enable them to perform in District Parks

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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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1. Seek out talent, have variety shows at local schools, and seek talent in senior homes, and in the neighborhoods of the wealthy influential families (like the Killingsworth family did for Long Beach 2. Use high school drama, music, choirs to perform at local schools, also use L.B.C.C. and CSULB students to do performance at local schools, in parks, and free performances in city owned theaters, or one's we could rent. 3. Bring culture to the people by bringing talent on wagons, buses, and platforms to impoverished areas, middle class, and wealthy residents of Long Beach. Use local talent, build a reputation like Polytechnic did for football, where talent comes to Long Beach for a chance to start their professional careers in show business.

Encourage the entrepreneurial spirit of Cal State Long Beach students and seek out micro-financing opportunities modeled off of Kickstarter to help them realize their dreams in the rich Arts and Culture climate of Long Beach.

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Spring 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Long Beach City Council District 5

Spring 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Long Beach City Council District 5

Candidate order: Thomas Sutfin, Stacy Mungo, Joseph Luyben, Carl Kemp

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 Charlie Jensen at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

The Actors Fund, KCET Artbound, LA2050, and the Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Voting for Long Beach will be held on Tuesday, April 8.

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?

I can not name just one. I took an art history class in high school where I have two significant memories. There are more but I will share these two. The first was a projector slide show of Vincent Van Gogh's art put to a music piece by Don McLean. The song was 'Starry Starry Night'. Thomas Cole's 'Voyage of Life' defines all of us in an inspiring way. The paintings are at the Munson William Proctor Institute in Utica, NY. At nearly 5 feet, any image in a magazine or web site does not do them justice. The details and symbolism reveal themselves slowly. Truly impressive. My experiences continued into college where I involved myself in a martial arts club where I learned a great deal about many cultures.

I was fortunate to have many meaningful cultural experiences as a young person. I vividly remember seeing the original cast perform the of The Phantom of the Opera. The music, the costumes, the details - it left a mark in my mind of how to perform. I remember as a young person trying to embrace that "on stage" presence in my ballet classes and performances.

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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?

We have tremendous culture in our city. Development and support will come through promotion and acquisition of grants from state and federal sources. I would defer judgement on this until I know more about the vision of art of culture in this wonderful city. I'm not sure that there has been discussion on the vision and mission of art and culture in Long Beach. I think that we currently throw money at a project or idea with no common focus on who we want to be as an arts leader.

A Councilperson should serve as an ambassador for the CIty's arts and arts education programs. Additionally, I would advocate for preservation and growth of funds for the arts.

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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?

This is one of the hardest things to accomplish. Particularly when the current budget and economic status of our city is marginal. I think we need to lead with a comprehensive economic plan which incorporates the arts and culture. Additional funding is going to be difficult over the next four years... even with a 3.5 million 'surplus'. I am always open to ideas but expanding the arts through additional funding will be difficult until we get a better economy. I am more than willing to creatively incorporate art in city events. We currently showcase a pet adoption at City Hall Meetings. We could very easily promote artist(s) in a similar way. Perhaps showcase and sell art as long as the proceeds went to funding local art and culture.

I'd like to propose best practices related to installing public art in all commercial development projects. Many cities and counties have designated a set percentage of funding for the arts. This practice ensures local artists have opportunities to enrich our lives throughout the city.

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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)?

The creative economy in 2014 is digital. Long Beach is a lagging economy when compared to the state and country around it. One our our largest assets in CSULB and LBCC. The first improvement to our economy would be to promote growth of jobs in these areas. Specifically, I would center on the creation of business incubators in the creative technology area. Secondly, a focus on promoting the cultural events that we currently have in the city.

City officials need to unite under a comprehensive advocacy plan. We need to catalogue the passions of public officials and each commit to marketing and advocating on behalf of that passion though a thoughtful and results driven plan.

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Spring 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Long Beach City Council District 3

Spring 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Long Beach City Council District 3

Candidate order: Jim Lewis, Martha Flores Gibson, Suzie Price, Jack Rosenberg, Stephen Bello

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 Charlie Jensen at advocate@artsforla.org or 213-225-7580.

The Actors Fund, KCET Artbound, LA2050, and the Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) served as Regional Partners by promoting Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys throughout Los Angeles County.

Voting for Long Beach will be held on Tuesday, April 8.

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?

Traveling to Okinawa as a pre-teen with my military parent is foremost in my mind. My visual and olfactory senses were almost overwhelmed. The language, culture, and lifestyle change were frightening at first, but my inquisitiveness likely mellowed the impacts, as I was given quite surprising free reign to explore. That was the beginning of my being drawn to other cultures and desire to connect and communicate with others who were “different.” Later, when we served in the Philippines, I was able to assist my children to expect different sights, smells, culture and language; they have all since traveled abroad.

Attending LBCC play when I was at John Muir Elementary school. I'm an artist, so any art/cultural experience is like the air I breathe.

I had a very interesting upbringing. My mother and I were separated from my sister and father when I was 7. We moved in with my uncle, who was a professor. He traveled quite a bit and we moved around to various university towns with him. As a child I had the opportunity to travel to many international cities’ with my mother and uncle. Arts and culture were a major part of our lives. I grew up surrounded by diverse and eclectic people and that experience taught me to value arts and culture. Today, my children are exposed to music every day and our family makes exposure to cultural experiences a priority in our lives.

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Before my mother (Ann) passed three years ago, she was an antique dealer for over 40 years, specializing in 18th and 19th century European sculptures. My appreciation for art started at a very young age, and resonates today. I have a small collection of this type of art and others, and I have an appreciation for many forms of art. I am also a businessperson. As much as I appreciate art for its beauty, I also appreciate it's investment value. I say this because we need to continually educate the city regarding the investment value of art in an effort to maintain the city's involvement.

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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?

Due to my philosophy on the limits of government responsibility, I believe leaders should primarily lead by example. My personal involvement and investment in art and culture would continue to be part of my regular schedule: visiting museums, the symphony, operas, and personally supporting art and cultural events – especially within our educational institutions. I would also encourage civic involvement and collaboration of city agencies. Where feasible, a community should support art and cultural experiences and education. It should also provide incentives and seek potential grants for inclusion of art in major corridors and all manner of building and development.

It is absolutely vital, for us to develope and support our region's cultural Infrastructure. It is good for the community and our economical growth.

City Council sets the tone for our artistic evolution through its support of programs and facilities that celebrate and expose the various arts. As a Council member, I would partner with the local 'talent' and artists to present new programs and opportunities for our City to focus on arts and culture. As the 7th largest City in California, we need to focus on making this a vibrant, hip, culturally diverse City that offers it's residents and visitors, a rich variety of artistic programming.

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I will always favor the expansion of the city's arts through education, commercial development, and the NEED of the arts to be integrated into ALL entrances into our great city, and government owned buildings. I get so envious when I travel to other cities that really have a grasp on this (Cerritos).

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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?

I would charge the city’s Planning Department to work with developers in establishing business and residential corridors and major thoroughfares with a planned continuum of design that reflects the culture of the area. The development of grants and incentives would be major funding sources. I have been involved in other communities where this type of funding worked. (See Q2) Signage is another way of creating a more aesthetic and pleasing – and profitable – business corridor. While signage can be costly for a new business, it’s the best interest of businesses and the City to provide reasonable regulations and incentives for appropriate signage.

We need to seek private and public funding on a on going line-budget. We need to model after what the Paul Getty's museum has created in LA.

I don't know enough about the current City budget and the various funding sources to be able to answer this question in a responsible way. I know that I would look towards using one time funds to start a creative economy program/plan that could be incorporated into the general budget as the economy improves. I would also assign a member of my staff to work with local creative industry experts to identify possible grants that the City could apply for to promote the arts.

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The city is very tight on money and I have not seen enough motivation in the city to create more funding for the arts at this time. More funding for the arts first has to come from a motivated private sector, including developers, then the city will want to participate. Education is the key for this to happen. We are in the information age, and we need to inform! We need to increase the volunteer base with Long Beach State student volunteers by establishing college credits for students that work for and are educated by the Arts For LA l (if this is already in place, I did not see it on your website). This will be an opportunity to educate students and raise a dedicated army for future needs. Students would be in charge of marketing the arts through social and traditional media. In addition, they would also aggressively fund-raise for tax deductible donations. We need to specify the deductibility status of the Arts For LA Corporation (I did not see this on the website). We need to make the donation process business friendly, and it must be marketed to a broader audience. Money knows no boundaries. In addition, Arts For LA also needs to continue to aggressively seek alignment with similar organizations in other areas of the country in an effort to support and learn from one another.

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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)?

Long Beach already has a strong present investment in the arts sector. As it is also one of the most diverse cities in the U.S., we have numerous sources of and a broad vision for support of the arts and culture. Leaders need only to take initiative to weave specific policies into the planning and permitting processes. -When investing in our primary infrastructure, I would push for simultaneous improvements in corridor redevelopment and planning -Develop incentives to incorporate visioning into new developments and façade remodels permitting process -Collaboration at all levels with civic, education, corporate, and private agencies, including nonprofits

1. Build upon the web-site that markets our Great City as a whole. 2. Develop and ab to communitcate cultrual tourism, in-direct and direct jobs. 3. Actively seek nonporfit and for profit experts from around the world and at our k-12, Local City Colleges and CUSLB to start.

I would support creating a citywide task force focused on the arts. The task force would include leaders from Long Beach City College and CSULB; I would work with our conventions and tourism bureau to attract more diverse programming to the City; I would support providing incentives and lower cost space rental for creative industries and businesses in order to promote a young, energetic, ideas-driven businesses in Long Beach. I like what LA has done with its creative economy plan. (as discussed in the links included above).

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This is more than a three step question, but if I had to break it down I would suggest the following. Educate the city council of the importance of the city's investment in the arts program. Everyone says they are on board in the beginning, but there has to be a passion on the part of the city. This can only come from; 1. Education( pressure) 2. Education of what other cities are doing (pressure through guilt/competition) 3. Education of the financial benefits (Return on investment) of moving forward with spending money for the arts.

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CA Arts Council Funds "Public Value" Projects in LA County

CA Arts Council Funds "Public Value" Projects in LA County

Tue, 09/04/2012 - 10:15am

The California Arts Council announced over $650,000 in grants to arts organizations statewide as part of its “Creating Public Value” grant program.  Nineteen organizations in Los Angeles County will receive a total of $168,000 in support.

NEA Our Town Grant Will Activate Audiences in Long Beach

NEA Our Town Grant Will Activate Audiences in Long Beach

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 11:55am
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The Arts Council for Long Beach was recently awarded $150,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to create the “A LOT” series, in which dance, music, theatre, and spoken word by Long Beach artists will take place in vacant lots throughout the city.

Event Permit Process Affects Long Beach Performers

Event Permit Process Affects Long Beach Performers

Fri, 05/11/2012 - 12:05pm
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Alive TheatreEvent Permit Process Affects Long Beach Performers