Abril Iñiguez-Rivas

A native of Los Angeles, Abril Iñiguez-Rivas graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in Biology in 2008. She went on to study marine biodiversity and evolutionary genetics in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at UCLA. While at UCLA, her graduate studies and fieldwork at the Indonesian Biodiversity Research Center in Denpasar, Bali afforded her ample opportunities for SCUBA diving and spearfishing adventures across South East Asia. Upon leaving UCLA, Abril served as the Documents and Records Coordinator for the Immigration Center for Women & Children in Los Angeles before joining Arts for LA in 2016. Although a trained scientist, Abril nurtures her artistic side as a mariachi musician; she was a founding member of Mariachi Serrano de Claremont at the Claremont Colleges and continues as an alumni member of Mariachi de UCLAtlán with the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology.

  • published Laura Zucker Fellowship in Programs 2018-12-05 11:46:28 -0800

    Laura Zucker Fellowship

    The Laura Zucker Fellowship for Policy and Research, the first ever fellowship for individuals to effect change at the regional level focused on arts and cultural policy development/reform/implementation in Los Angeles County and the accompanying research necessary to inform such policies. 

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    Named in honor of Laura Zucker on the occasion of her retirement from her 25-year tenure as Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Laura Zucker Fellowship for Policy and Research is the first ever fellowship for individuals to effect change at the regional level focused on arts and cultural policy development/reform/implementation in Los Angeles County and the accompanying research necessary to inform such policies. 

    Applications for the 2021 Fellowship have closed.


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  • Fall 2017 Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys

    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 and arts education for all residents and students.

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    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 and arts education for all residents and students.

    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.

    All eligible candidates were contacted to participate in the survey. If you would like to submit new or revise existing responses, please contact Abril Iñiguez-Rivas at [email protected] or 213-225-7580.

    The Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys are made possible in part by support from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and Arts for LA Contributing Members.


  • 2018-19 ACTIVATE Cultural Policy Confirmation

    Congratulations!

    We are so excited to welcome you as a Cultural Policy Fellow in the 2018-19 ACTIVATE cohort and have you join our ever-expanding network of powerful arts advocates.

    TO ACCEPT THE FELLOWSHIP AND CONFIRM YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS YEAR’S ACTIVATE PROGRAM, PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING:

    1. Take a moment to review the 2018-19 ACTIVATE Program Schedule to be sure you can attend all of the scheduled sessions. Please note that the LA Convergence (November 2, 2018) and ArtsMonth activities (April 2019) are optional.
    2. Download, carefully review, and sign the 2018-19 ACTIVATE Fellow Letter of Agreement, which contains important information about the expectations and requirements of the ACTIVATE Fellowship. Please note that your agreement to the Photo & Video Release section of the form is optional. However, agreement to the ACTIVATE Fellowship Expectations and Requirements is required.
    3. Complete the online 2018-19 ACTIVATE Cultural Policy Fellow Confirmation Form below before 12:00pm on MONDAY, September 10, 2018. Please note that the online confirmation form requires that you submit a brief bio and contact information for your Fellow Profile, which will be shared with the rest of the 2018-19 ACTIVATE cohort. IMPORTANT: you MUST upload a signed copy of your letter of agreement when completing the online confirmation form.

    IMPORTANT:Given the limited number of spots in the ACTIVATE cohort, the selection process was very competitive. If we do not receive your confirmation by 12:00pm on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 102018, your spot will be given to the next person on the waiting list. Please note that your place in the 2018-19 ACTIVATE Cohort is not considered confirmed until you complete and submit the form below.

     

    2018-19 ACTIVATE Cultural Policy Fellow

    Confirmation Form

    NOTE: Using the Safari web browser can cause technical issues when uploading forms to this web portal. We recommend using Google Chrome or Firefox. If you are still having technical issues uploading the PDF of your signed 2018-19 ACTIVATE Fellow Letter of Agreement, please complete the rest of the form below and submit your letter via email to: [email protected]


  • 2018-19 ACTIVATE Arts Education Fellow Confirmation

    Congratulations!

    We are so excited to welcome you as an Arts Education Fellow in the 2018-19 ACTIVATE cohort and have you join our ever-expanding network of powerful arts advocates.

    TO ACCEPT THE FELLOWSHIP AND CONFIRM YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS YEAR’S ACTIVATE PROGRAM, PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING:

    1. Take a moment to review the 2018-19 ACTIVATE Program Schedule to be sure you can attend all of the scheduled sessions. Please note that the LA Convergence (November 2, 2018) and ArtsMonth activities (April 2019) are optional.
    2. Download, carefully review, and sign the 2018-19 ACTIVATE Fellow Letter of Agreement, which contains important information about the expectations and requirements of the ACTIVATE Fellowship. Please note that your agreement to the Photo & Video Release section of the form is optional. However, agreement to the ACTIVATE Fellowship Expectations and Requirements is required.
    3. Complete the online 2018-19 ACTIVATE Arts Education Confirmation Form below before 12:00pm on MONDAY, September 10, 2018. Please note that the online confirmation form requires that you submit a brief bio and contact information for your Fellow Profile, which will be shared with the rest of the 2018-19 ACTIVATE cohort. IMPORTANT: you MUST upload a signed copy of your letter of agreement when completing the online confirmation form.

    IMPORTANT:Given the limited number of spots in the ACTIVATE cohort, the selection process was very competitive. If we do not receive your confirmation by 12:00pm on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 102018, your spot will be given to the next person on the waiting list. Please note that your place in the 2018-19 ACTIVATE Cohort is not considered confirmed until you complete and submit the form below.

     

    2018-19 ACTIVATE Arts Education Fellow

    Confirmation Form

    NOTE: Using the Safari web browser can cause technical issues when uploading forms to this web portal. We recommend using Google Chrome or Firefox. If you are still having technical issues uploading the PDF of your signed 2018-19 ACTIVATE Fellow Letter of Agreement, please complete the rest of the form below and submit your letter via email to: [email protected]


  • ACTIVATE 2018-19 ACTION PROJECTS

    2018-19 Action Project

    Description & Documentation 

     

    ACTION PROJECT CREATION:

    Fellows are required to develop an Action Project during the course of the ACTIVATE Program. This Action Project should be created and/or launched some time between January – May 2019 and should address a specific goal for your community. Fellows are encouraged to design projects that have S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, & Timely) goals with consideration for continued action after the ACTIVATE Program concludes. Arts for LA recognizes that advocacy projects can change and evolve, and will guide Fellows in identifying project goals and designing implementation plans. Fellows are expected to develop their Action Project goal(s) and implementation plan(s) by January 2019.

    ACTION PROJECT GUIDELINES:

     ACTIVATE Fellows will create and/or launch an action project from January – May 2019. Projects can be done individually, in pairs, or in small groups with other Fellows.

    1. Projects should aim to achieve a “S.M.A.R.T.” (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, & Timely) goals with consideration for continued action after the ACTIVATE Program concludes.
    2. Fellows should seek to enlist the support of a “coalition” or group of key stakeholders in their community who will help to accomplish the goal as led by the ACTIVATE Fellow(s).
    3. Fellows should seek to align their projects with existing city or school district policies/ goals/ initiatives as identified in district Local Control and Accountability Plans (Arts Education) or city policies/ cultural plans (Cultural Policy).
    4. Projects must be documented throughout the process (see PROJECT DOCUMENTATION below). Draft documentation should be prepared for presentation at the April 2018 ACTIVATE Session and final documentation materials must be submitted to Arts for LA via the form below by NO LATER THAN JUNE 2, 2019.

    It is important to note that projects can evolve and should be designed with consideration for continued advocacy action AFTER the conclusion of the 2018-19 ACTIVATE Program.

    ACTION PROJECT DOCUMENTATION:

    Fellows are expected to document their process and progress towards their Action Project goal(s), keeping in mind how their work supports broader education community or city/ municipal goals. Project documentation should also outline how other advocates might replicate or adapt the project design in their own communities. Fellows are also encouraged to submit additional documentation of their advocacy work, which can include: photos, videos, event programs/ flyers, written reports, blog posts, etc. Documentation should tell the story from idea inception to project execution, including initial outcomes and next steps.

    GUIDELINES: 

    Fellows may document their Action Project through one or more of the following:

    • Written summary or narrative (1000 words or less)
    • Short Video (3 - 5 minutes)
    • Slide deck, white paper, infographics, etc.
    • Online multi-media webpage or dedicated project website or social media channel (ex: blog, YouTube channel, Facebook page, Twitter feed, Instagram account, etc.)
    • Other creative narrative (visual art piece, photo essay, etc.)
    SOCIAL MEDIA:  

    Fellows are encouraged to share their project progress and advocacy efforts through social media networks. You can tag Arts for LA using @Arts4LA (Instagram and Twitter) and use the hashtags:

    #ACTIVATEArtsLA
    #ArtsEd
    #CulturalPolicy

    ACTION PROJECT DESCRIPTION & DOCUMENTATION SUBMISSION FORM

    All Fellows are required to submit a brief description of their Action Projects and materials documenting their Action Project progress and process via the form below. Failure to complete this form will result in exclusion from the 2018-19 ACTIVATE Fellow Directory.

    ACTION PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

    Fellows are required to submit a description of their Action Project goals and progress (to date) for inclusion in the 2018-19 ACTIVATE Fellow Directory.

    GUIDELINES:

    Your Action Project Description should be written in the THIRD PERSON, adhere to the following format, and should not exceed 250 WORDS

    • FIRST SENTENCE: Your name, the school district/ charter network or municipality you are representing as a Fellow, and your connection to the district/ area. 
    • SECOND SENTENCE: Describe what you set out to accomplish with your Action Project. 
    • THIRD SENTENCE: Describe what you have accomplished so far (the "First Domino" you have knocked over). 
    • FOURTH SENTENCE: Describe the ultimate (long term/ final) goal of your advocacy work and any immediate next steps.

    Example:

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    More examples of appropriate Action Project descriptions can be found on the ACTIVATE Fellow Directory.

     

    2018-19 ACTION PROJECT DESCRIPTION &

    DOCUMENTATION SUBMISSION FORM

    The following form should be completed by no later than June 2, 2019 (11:59pm PST).

     


  • published Fall 2015 Elections Report in Newsroom 2015-11-19 10:09:17 -0800

    Fall 2015 Elections Report

    On November 3, 2015, over 66 jurisdictions in Los Angeles County held elections representing 156 seats for the positions of mayor, city council, or school board across the County.

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