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
- Networking with field leaders
- Meeting with local elected officials and staffers to advocate for the art
- 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, work or study in LA County.
- Participants must be able to commit to all sessions.
- Participants must be 18 years or older to apply.
- Participants will be selected to represent the broad geography and demographics of Los Angeles County.
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.
The following sessions are mandatory for all participants. Please review the program schedule below before applying:
- Session 1: Feb. 15, 2023 (6:30 - 9:00 pm) - in person, location TBD
- Session 2: March 15, 2023 (6:30 - 9:00 pm) - virtual via Zoom
Session 3: April 5, 2023 (6:30 - 9:00 pm) - virtual via Zoom
- 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, 2023 (6:30 - 9:00 pm) - in person, location TBD
- Attend each Monthly Session: As this is a 4-month program, each session is critical in having a fruitful experience!
- 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.