ACTIVATE Arts Advocacy Leadership Program is a FREE advocacy training and leadership development program of Arts for LA. The program recognizes the importance of local leaders and seeks to empower these individuals with the skills, knowledge, and an expanded network to effect change in communities across Greater Los Angeles.

The ACTIVATE program has two tracks: Arts Education and Cultural Policy. Both tracks focus on leadership, policy, planning, coaching, implementation, and mobilization of advocacy initiatives in local communities. During this nine-month program, participants learn from the top leaders in social justice, education, cultural infrastructure, advocacy, communication, and policy. Each session features speakers who deepen advocates' knowledge and empower them to take action.


ACTIVATE: Arts Education is part of a strategic collaboration between Arts for LA and the Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective. The Los Angeles County Arts Education collective is the LA County initiative dedicated to making the arts core in K-12 public education. Arts for LA is a key partner in the Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective, working to build political and public will for arts education across LA County.

The long-range goal of ACTIVATE is to recruit, train, and mobilize arts advocates in all 81 school districts and 88 municipalities in Los Angeles County in an effort to grow our arts advocacy network and strengthen our collective voice. 

If you have any questions about the program, please email us at, or call us at 213-225-7580.


Now in its fifth year, ACTIVATE comprises an expanding and increasingly powerful network of advocate leaders working to effect change in school districts and municipalities across LA County.

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Become a Fellow

Applications for the 2018-19 cycle of the ACTIVATE Arts Advocacy Leadership Program are now closed. Applicants will be notified of the Review Panel's decision via email on August 24th, 2018!

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Program Schedule

The ACTIVATE Program runs from September to May, with two parallel tracks: Arts Education and Cultural Policy. Monthly sessions are held in the evening, typically from approximately 6:00pm - 9:00pm.

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ACTIVATE Fellow Directory

To date, ACTIVATE Fellows have launched advocacy initiatives impacting 32 school districts and 30 municipalities across LA County. Find out more about these Fellows and their projects here.

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