Advocacy Areas

The 2022 Policy and Advocacy Agenda: Solidarity for a Just and Sustainable Creative Sector details Arts for LA's priority actions to help build a more just and sustainable creative industry, and thus a healthier LA region.

The Solidarity Agenda builds on a year of impressive advancements by Arts for LA and its community, including helping to secure over $100-million in relief and recovery funding for the arts sector, passage of the landmark CA Creative Workforce Act, expansion of the percent for art program in LA County, and building a foundation for this year’s official launch of the Creative Jobs Collective Impact Initiative (CJCII), to name a few.

“The accomplishments of this past year speak to the power of this advocacy movement Arts for LA helps lead, yet we need to continue to push our creative sector forward towards a more sustainable future,” said Gustavo Herrera, CEO of Arts for LA. “It has never been more important to come together in solidarity to build a more just and sustainable creative sector in Los Angeles.”

The Solidarity Agenda encompasses policy areas foundational to Arts for LA's work – including creative jobs, affordable space, education equity, and funding for the Los Angeles creative sector. See pages 9-13 for an overview of AFLA's 2022 advocacy efforts.

2021 Policy & Advocacy Agenda: A Just Recovery for the LA Region's Creative Sector

Creative communities across the LA region are hurting. The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the sector, underscoring the long-standing racial and economic inequities inherent in our cultural infrastructure.

Arts for LA recognizes this disruptive moment as an opportunity to re-envision and rebuild a regional cultural infrastructure that unapologetically centers racial and economic equity, increases community control over capital, and prioritizes the wellbeing of our sector’s most vital resource - its people.

As so many members of the creative sector struggle to survive, we must RESPOND to the immediate needs of our community and work diligently to get the region’s most vulnerable arts workers + organizations the resources they need to RECOVER. Even as this work continues, we must begin to REBUILD a more just future, refusing to revert to the pre-pandemic status quo.

Download our 2021 Policy & Advocacy Agenda

Archived Policy Agendas

Arts for LA developed a Policy Framework as a tool to build awareness, increase empowerment and enable quick action as issues arise.

Three major issue areas guide Arts for LA’s collective advocacy by providing a policy framework for campaigns and strategic activities: Civic Engagement, Cultural/Creative Economy, and Education. Arts for LA’s overarching objectives are to retain cultural infrastructure in LA County at its existing levels and to engage an ever-increasing number of people in this effort. 

Additional regional objectives are developed in conjunction with community members and are aligned with Arts for LA’s vision and mission. These teams provide tactical support to achieve these objectives at the local level.

2013-2015 Policy Framework

Advocacy Toolkit

A toolkit to give you the resources you need to become an effective arts advocate in your community.

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Civic Engagement

Los Angeles County requires an informed, engaged, and involved society able to participate in their community and in their government. Arts Vote is how we achieve this goal.

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Cultural/Creative Economy

Cultural and creative businesses are the fourth largest business sector in Los Angeles County, generating $115 billion in revenues annually.

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Data & Research

Arts for LA tracks the latest research, and is starting to compile our own resources to advance the arts and culture conversation.

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Public education must include the arts which fosters creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and teamwork, skills needed to compete in a twenty-first century workforce. 

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