2022 ACTIVATE Delegates applications have closed.

Thank you to all who applied to be a part of the 2022 cohort of ACTIVATE Delegates.
Applicants can expect to hear back by January 18, 2022.

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 is currently seeking participants for ACTIVATE Delegates.

ACTIVATE Delegates Program Overview

ACTIVATE Delegates functions as an advocacy lab for artists, creative sector workers, or anyone interested in the intersection of community organizing and the arts

The four-month program includes hands-on learning opportunities, such as networking with field leaders, meeting with local elected officials and staffers to advocate for the arts, and mobilizing community members to support key legislation. The course will also briefly touch on the fundamentals of cultural policy and civic procedures with the aim of empowering arts leaders to drive change across Arts for LA’s four policy areas: affordable spaces for artists, creative career pathways, equitable arts education, and equitable arts funding.

Who should apply to ACTIVATE Delegates?

ACTIVATE Delegates is open to artists, arts professionals, cultural workers, educators, and community advocates interested in making change across LA’s creative sectors. We welcome applications from anyone interested in exploring the question: “What can I, as an individual, do to build the power of our creative communities across the LA region?”

ACTIVATE Delegates focuses on the intersection of community organizing and the arts, giving participants the skills they need to mobilize their community, build power, and impact local decision makers and elected officials. 

While the skills taught are widely applicable, ACTIVATE Delegates emphasizes the importance of the civic sphere and making change through local governments. No prior knowledge of advocacy/community organizing is necessary.


  • Participants must live or work in LA County.
  • Participants must be able to commit to all sessions.
  • Participants will be selected to represent the broad geography and demographics of Los Angeles County. Programming will be fully remote in accordance with LA County Public Healthy guidelines.
  • Participants must be 18 years or older to apply.

How much does it cost?

Nothing! Arts for LA fully supports the cost of running ACTIVATE Delegates. If you would like to support our work, please consider joining Arts for LA as a member. 

Key Dates (subject to change)

We ask all participants to attend all sessions. Please review the program schedule below before applying:

  • Session 1: Feb. 8, 2022 (evening)
  • Session 2: March 8, 2022 (evening)
  • Session 3: April 12, 2022 (evening)
    • In addition to the April monthly session, Delegates will lead advocacy meetings with local decision makers, so please be prepared to spend 2-3 additional hours outside of the regular session on this project.
  • Session 4: May 10, 2022 (evening)

Don't hesitate to reach out to the Arts for LA team if you have questions about the above dates. While we expect all participants to attend these events, we are happy to work through any conflicts in advance. 

Program Requirements

  • Attend Monthly Sessions: The monthly sessions will generally take place digitally, on Zoom, on the second Tuesday of the month from 6:30-9:00pm.
  • Complete Reading & Reading Response: Short readings will be assigned to ensure time is maximized during monthly sessions. A quick online post responding to the readings will also be required to increase opportunities for conversation among program participants. These monthly assignments are designed to take no more than one hour total.
  • Attend Online Community Events: Delegates will be asked to participate in one online Arts for LA's community event each month to gain hand-on experience.

Learn more about our previous ACTIVATE program and cohorts by clicking the links below. 

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Arts Innovators

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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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