April 11, 2014

  • 1 in 7 jobs in Los Angeles County is part of the larger creative economy (2013 Otis Report on the Creative Economy)
  • 96% of Arts for LA supporters are registered voters (Arts for LA survey)
  • Arts and culture significantly enhances human development in Los Angeles County (LA2050 Report)
  • Los Angeles has the highest concentration of working artists and arts professionals in the nation (LA2050 Report)
  • Our arts sector is a collaborative powerhouse as witnessed through Pacific Standard Time’s region-wide participation, which generated $280.5 million in economic activity (Pacific Standard Time Economic Impact Analysis)
  • Los Angeles is home to over 5,000 fashion labels and has more fashion jobs than any other American city (Fashion's Night Out)
  • The arts funnel $1.3 billion into the city in tax revenues (Otis Report on the Creative Economy)

Thank you for attending ArtsDay!

We're still calculating figures, but our initial estimates show we had over 500 people participate in various elements of the day, from our reception in the City Hall Rotunda and the City Council meeting to the arts engagement activities held on the LA Mall over lunch.  Thank you to everyone who participated or who showed support for #ArtsDayLA online!

You can view a Tagboard of social media activity by clicking here.

ArtsDay is an annual opportunity for Angelenos to celebrate the contributions of arts and culture to the community and to talk with their elected officials about why the arts are important to us.

Now in its third year, ArtsDay unites artists, audiences, and arts organizations with the leaders who represent them in City Hall, fostering stronger relationships between those crafting the vision of LA’s future and those who make it a reality. 

We use ArtsDay as an opportunity to highlight the contributions of the arts to all spheres of life, from education to business, public safety to health care, transportation to innovation.  We thank our elected officials for their investments in arts and culture in their communities and ask them to keep their pledges to foster healthy, vibrant, and prosperous communities that include the arts.

How to Participate on April 11

Join us for Breakfast, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Arts for LA hosts a continental breakfast reception in the City Hall Rotunda prior to the morning's city council meeting.  This is a great opportunity to see old friends and make new ones in the arts and culture communities througout Los Angeles!

Attend the City Council Meeting, 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

One of the hallmarks of ArtsDay is the visual show of support by the arts and culture community during the day's City Council meeting.  Last year nearly 400 advocates joined us in the John Ferraro City Council Chambers, most of them wearing our iconic red "Creative Capital" t-shirts designed by local artist Andrew Colunga.  As you can see in the video above, City Council took notice—and were elated we were there to thank them for the city's sustained support for arts and culture.

The Council Meeting is a singular opportunity for our community, often isolated by the vast geography of Los Angeles, to feel connected not only to one another, but to the city's elected leadership. 

Tweet, Instagram, and Post Your Heart Out

Use the hashtag #ArtsDayLA to share your thoughts about arts and culture in the City of Los Angeles and join in the conversations with other advocates!

ArtsDay 2014 Sponsors & Supporters

Arts for LA gratefully acknowledges our ArtsDay 2014 Sponsors!

Gold Sponsors

Photo: Ovation

Silver Sponsors

David Bohnett Foundation

David Bohnett Foundation

Photo: logo

Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation


ArtsDay 2014 is supported in part by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.

 the James Irvine Foundation


The Arts Day LA promotion is made possible in part by funding  from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Photo: DCA


Friends of ArtsDay 2014

The following organizations have pledged their support of ArtsDay 2014! 

11:11 A Creative Collective
18th Street Art Center
2A Galleries
24th Street Theatre
Actors Fund
American Association of Artists, Inc.
Angels Gate Cultural Center
Armory Center for the Arts
Art Center College of Design
ArtAboveReality, Inc
Art & Soul Studios
The Arts Empowerment Project
Arts High Foundation
The Autry National Center of the American West
Avenue 50 Studio
A Window Between Worlds
Bali & Beyond
Barnsdall Art Park Foundation
Barnsdall Arts/Friends of the Junior Art Center
Big Squeeze Press
Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley
Burbank Arts for All Foundation
California African American Museum
CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP)
California Lawyers for the Arts
California LGBT Arts Alliance
California State Summer School for the Arts
Center for Media Literacy
Center for Scholarly Technology
Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA
Center Theatre Group
Children's Defense Fund—California
City of Torrance, California
Classical KUSC 91.5 fm
Community Arts Resources
Corita Art Center
Cornerstone Theater Company
Culver City Crossroads.com
Dance Resource Center
Deaf West Theatre
Diavolo Dance Theater
Durfee Foundation
East LA Rep
East West Players
East Whittier Arts Education Foundation
Education through Music-Los Angeles
Emerging Arts Leaders/LA
Empowerment Congress
Enrichment Works
Ensemble Studio Theatre LA
Exploring the Arts-LA
Film Independent
fINdings Art Center
Folklor Pasion Mexicana
Foundation for World Arts
Four Horseman Studios
The Ford Theatres
Get Lit-Words Ignite
Getting Your Sh*t Together/GYSTInk
Getty Leadership Institute
Ghost Road Company
Girl Rising
Grammy Foundation & MusiCares Foundation
Grand Park
Grand Performances
Grand Vision Foundation
Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company
Guitars in the Classroom
Gurr Johns, Inc
The Harmony Project
haleARTS S P A C E
Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA)
Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre
Hershey Cause Communications
Imagintion Foundation
The Industry
Infinite Jest Theatre Company
Inner-City Arts
International Documentary Association
Invertigo Dance Theatre
Ipso Facto Theatricals
it's the little things
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
Japanese American National Museum
Jewish Women's Theatre
Karen Constine Arts/Culture Management Consulting
Kid City
Kids for Peace
LA Fund
Lambda Literary Foundation
LA Opera
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
LA River Revitalization Corporation
LA STAGE Alliance
LA Theatre Works
Las Fotos Project
Latino Arts Network
Laughter for a Change
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles Jazz Society
Los Angeles Jewish Symphony
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
Los Angeles Poverty Department
Los Angeles Theatre Center
Los Angeles World's Fair, FPC
Lost Moon Radio
Latino Producers Action Network (LPAN)
The Madrid Theatre
Make Music LA
McAllister Arts LLC
McDonald/Selznick Associates
Media Arts + Practice Division
Miah Moore Music Group
Morrie Warshawski, Consultant
The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA)
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
National Association for Media Literacy Education
New Filmmakers Los Angeles (NFLA)
Nubody Temple
Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts
On the Edge Dance Studio
Pasadena Conservatory of Music
PEN Center USA
Pentacle (DanceWorks, Inc)
Performing Arts LIVE
Project X Foundation Art & Criticism
Pony Box Dance Theatre
P.S. Arts
ReDiscover Center
Rodriguez Strategies
SAG-AFTRA, Los Angeles Local
San Pedro Waterfront Arts District
The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles
Smiles through Art
Social & Public Art Resource Center
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Southern California Fine Music Center
Southern California Grantmakers
Southern California Women's Caucus for Art
Stage of the Arts, Inc
Steinway & Sons
Story Pirates
Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council
Tadpole Arts
Take Action Games 
Thai Community Arts and Cultural Center
Theatre Of Hearts/Youth First
Theatre West
Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural
UCHRI DML Research Hub
Unearth and Empower Communities
United Way of Los Angeles
USC Annenberg Innovation Lab
USC Joint Educational Project
Valley Arts Alliance
Venice Arts
Vesta West BNB, LLC
Viver Brasil Dance Company
Vox Lumiere
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Watts Village Theater Company
West Coast Singers: Chorus of the Lesbian/Gay Community of Los Angeles
White Hall Arts Academy
William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art
Young Artists Theatre Company
Young Musicians Foundation
Young Storytellers Foundation

ArtsDay 2014 Steering Committee

This group of volunteers meets with Arts for LA in the months leading up to ArtsDay to ensure the event is a success and is inclusive of the broad diversity of arts and culture stakeholders in the City of Los Angeles:

Faith Childs-Davis, Exploring the Arts-LA
Hanif Houston, Children's Defense Fund
Leslie Ito, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
John R. Jackson, Arts High Foundation
Christine Jerian, City Services, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
Deborah Lewis, Angels Gate Cultural Center
Cathi Milligan, NELAart
Semee Park, Office of District 12 City Councilmember Mitchell Englander
Christine Peters, Office of District 13 City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell
Felipe Sanchez, Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC)