Spring 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Malibu City Council

Spring 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Malibu City Council

Candidate order: Lou La Monte, June Louks, Andy Lyon, Hamish Patterson, Laura Zahn Rosenthal

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.

2 seats are 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?

Aside from playing a moving cactus in our 5th Grade production of 'Oklahoma', I think my first school trip to the Metropolitan Museum was the most meaningful. I remember being awed by the building, the paintings, the sculptures. I also remember gaining an unforgettable understanding of history through art. Many years later I was filming a commercial for the museum. The film crew and I had the whole place to ourselves. I remember setting up a slow, beautiful tracking shot as the sun came up across the Temple of Dendur. Suddenly this early childhood experience came rushing back. You never forget something like that. It was transformative.

What comes to mind is my 11 year old daughter's most meaningful experiences, and that was performing in the Nutcracker Ballet, put on by the Malibu Ballet and Performing Arts Society. Charlotte, as well has her sister, sings in the opening Christmas Carols, as well as performing ballet, from the Little Gingers to more recently as an Angel and Sugar Plum. Charlotte has performed in it the past 4 years, and loves each year more than the last.

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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 believe a robust and vibrant cultural arts program is vital to any community and that the role of government is to act in the best public interest. So I believe the role of the City Council is to provide support for the arts throughout our community. In 2010, I created with Laura Rosenthal, Malibu’s first Cultural Arts Commission. The commission was approved by the City Council and is made up of 5 incredibly talented people. They are tasked with reaching out to artists, and promoting the visual and performing arts throughout the community.

I think arts are the foundation of a truly vibrant community, and city council role is important in encouraging the local arts, as well as the cultural richness of Malibu. Malibu is unique in that its culture contrasts with the neighboring cities, because of its rural character, natural beauty, and community of people strongly connected to the land. These elements of our community and culture need support, or they will be lost.

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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?

We are currently looking into adopting a city ordinance that will provide funding for Public Arts. Many communities – both small and larger - have this kind of legislation in place already. So we’re looking into this as a source of revenue. Additionally, the Cultural Arts Commission may be seeking grants to initiate programs for the arts. But a significant part of funding will come from the private sector. Historically, this has always been the case. People want to be involved. They know the importance of the cultural arts and are excited by the possibilities.

I think the non-profit arts societies and culture building societies can work best when supported by a framework built by the city, especially because the cost of real estate is so high, it is difficult for these societies to have a public forum or meeting place. I would like Malibu to lower the cost of using our city hall for our arts community. As far as a funding stream, I would love to see our community's talent come together and do some fundraising events for our local art societies, and the city can underwrite the costs. Perhaps musical performances on the beach at Paradise Cove would be a great venue, because the environment reconnects us to the beauty of our natural environment at the same time.

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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)?

In Malibu, we are fortunate to have a diverse community of artists and talents. They are our cultural resource. I feel the most important and impactful way to deepen the City’s investment in its creative economy, is to nurture, support and respect the artists who live here. Furthermore, our City receives fourteen million visitors a year. By funding visual and performing arts programs we hope to provide residents and visitors a first rate cultural arts experience.

1.) Encourage hiring locally. Unfortunately I see our city currently hiring outside talent. We recently hired a firm in New York for a Malibu logo. I hope to source our local talent from jobs and arts projects to design committees. 2.) Encourage a center for sustainability, with an arm of arts programs, with community gardens that deepen our connection with the earth. 3.) I would like to see events like quarterly poetry readings, or whatever ignites our community, sponsored by our city, perhaps in conjunction with library funds.

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SMMUSD 5th Graders Embrace "Ballroom Madness"

SMMUSD 5th Graders Embrace "Ballroom Madness"

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 1:47pm

Photo: ballroom madnessAs part of the Arts for All Residency Grant Program, arts provider Ballroom Madness and McKinley Elementary School in Santa Monica-Malibu USD are involved in a beautiful mash-up.

SMMUSD Arts for All Meeting, 3/7

SMMUSD Arts for All Meeting, 3/7

Fri, 03/02/2012 - 12:00pm
Advocacy Team (if applicable): 

SMMUSDSanta Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) will host the next Arts for All meeting on Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00pm.  Suggested arrival time is 6:30pm.  The meeting will take place in the Board Room of SMMUSD District Office, 2nd floor, 1651 16th St., Santa Monica, 90404.

School Events and Advocacy

School Events and Advocacy

Thu, 03/01/2012 (All day)
Advocacy Team (if applicable): 

Stairway to the StarsAny school event—especially those that involve parents, students and teachers—provides opportunities to build public will to maintain arts education within public schools. 

In Santa Monica-Malibu USD, for example, the annual Stairway of the Stars event has become an invaluable reminder of the power of the district’s renowned music education programs. 

Communications Central

This page will provide a central hub for resources related to Arts for LA's Communications Strategy for the five pilot Advocacy Teams, 2011/2012.

Files available for download include:

- Principles & Style Guide (AFLA's communications roadmap)

- Advocacy Best Practices (handy one-sheet; we also call it "Advocacy 101")

- Powerpoint presentation on the Communications Strategy, presented 10/17 at the LA Convergence to Pilot Team representatives

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