Spring 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Lawndale City Council

Spring 2014 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys: Lawndale City Council

Candidate order: Robert Pullen-Miles, Pat Kearney, Gary McDonald, Larry Rudolph

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.

Arts for LA thanks P.S. Arts for their partnership in collecting and distributing these survey results. 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 Lawndale 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?

As a youth and as an entertainer in Oklahoma City,OK., I participated in many arts and cultural events that were sponsored by the Oklahoma City Arts Council. At the age of 18 I operated my own independent record label, which co-sponsored art events in the town. I am currently, a freelance music licensing/business affairs consultant,that assists independent artists with securing grants-of right to use others intellectual properties in their music projects. Additionally, my background as a former employee of Kushner-Locke Films make me the idea mayor to promote the creative economy in the city of Lawndale.

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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 that the city should be involved with developing the cultural infrastructure of the region. In fact, I would be interested in starting a Lawndale (or a regional) arts council to promote art, cultural and civic engagement in the city.

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The city council should take the lead role in partnership with the schools and chamber of commerce.

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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?

As the author of the Lawndale Arts in Public Places Program, I would look to expand that program by allocating funds to promote art. I would also look to develop public/private partnership to raise funds to further support and to promote art and culture in the city.

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Never in the history of the city has it funded or supported the arts. This is so wrong. Lawndale is a smail 1.9 sq mile low income comunity with over 22 million dollars in general fund surplus. I will support and work to fund the arts

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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)?

As a aide to State Senator Ted Lieu (chair of Legislature's Joint Committee on the Arts). I would work with members of the Legislature to encourage school districts to provide instructional training to students that want to pursue careers in the creative economy. As mayor, I am proposing the formation of a Lawndale Youth Entrepreneurs Club,which will focus on training youth to be owners of high-Tech firm, including firms that provides products and services in the creative economy (video game and App development,digital arts & design, animation etc.)

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1. Use U.D.A.G. funds to provide working space for art and cultural comunity 2. Use surplus general fund to buy art and suport cultural activities 3. Use city property in partnership with art and cultural activities R. Outreach to the comunity so they may play an active role.

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Update on Arts Education Teams: Community Discussions & Workshops

Update on Arts Education Teams: Community Discussions & Workshops

Mon, 01/30/2012 (All day)

As the Advocacy Manager of Arts for LA, I am tasked with reaching out to grassroots stakeholders, connecting with local leadership, establishing networks of arts advocates and creating a plan of action to increase support for and access to the arts. This year, we are taking the team initiative to seven additional communities.  Here is an update on that process.