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.
Past 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.
A toolkit to give you the resources you need to become an effective arts advocate in your community.
Cultural and creative businesses are the fourth largest business sector in Los Angeles County, generating $115 billion in revenues annually.
Arts for LA tracks the latest research, and is starting to compile our own resources to advance the arts and culture conversation.