The ACTIVATE Arts Advocacy Leadership Program is a FREE advocacy training and leadership development program. 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 Delegates and Arts Innovators. While the format of the two tracks differs, both offer participants the opportunity to learn from the top leaders in social justice, education, cultural infrastructure, advocacy, communication, and policy. See below for more details!

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. 

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Arts Delegates

Learn more about this advocacy & organizing lab, which includes an introduction to the fundamentals of policy-making, civic procedures, working with elected officials, and building power in communities across LA County.

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Arts Innovators

Learn more about this advocacy project development program, which includes one-on-one mentoring with an expert from the field to help you develop your project for change in your community.

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ACTIVATE Fellow Directory

To date, ACTIVATE Fellows have launched advocacy initiatives impacting 38 school districts and 40 cities/municipalities across LA County. Find out more about these Fellows and their projects here.

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