APRIL 2020 ENEWS UPDATESApr 24, 2020
Over the past month, Arts for LA has worked with advocates across the region to ensure artists and arts + culture organizations have the resources they need to navigate this crisis. Since launching our #CreativityInCrisis campaign in mid-March, we have seen extraordinary leadership from the community in support of the creative sector:
We received nearly 1,000 signatures on our open letters to policy makers and grant makers calling for support;
The Getty Foundation boldly stepped forward with a $10 million grant program for small to mid-sized visual arts organizations and visual artists, hosted by and in partnership with the California Community Foundation;
LA City Council Member of District 4, David Ryu, introduced a motion to City Council calling to amend City law making it easier to repurpose funds for additional emergency relief for artists and arts nonprofits.
We are grateful for the thousands of Arts Advocates who shared their stories and worked tirelessly to support these efforts. This is a promising start and the Arts for LA team is eager to continue advocating alongside you in the months ahead.
Ready to get more involved with Arts for LA? We are currently accepting applications for two programs: ACTIVATE Arts Innovators (a new ACTIVATE program track focused on advocacy project development) and the Laura Zucker Fellowship for Policy and Research (a paid research fellowship focused on researching and identifying policy solutions to challenges facing our local community). Applications for both programs close in May, so apply today!
Members make our programs and advocacy work possible. If you and/or your organization is not yet an Arts for LA member, please consider joining today.
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VOTING FOR THE ARTS 2020
Want to be a more informed Arts Voter? This online training will introduce arts advocates to issues appearing on the November 2020 ballot likely to impact the creative economy – particularly in light of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Voting for the Arts will cover the basics of advocating for ballot measures in your community, as well as concrete tools and strategies for taking action to ensure your local candidates are committed arts champions.
See you on the 29th!
LAURA ZUCKER FELLOWSHIP
FOR POLICY AND RESEARCH
The Laura Zucker Fellowship for Policy and Research is an opportunity for individuals to research and propose policies that will impact LA’s arts and cultural policy landscape.
The fellowship offers a $3,500 stipend, one-on-one mentorship from Arts for LA leadership, and the opportunity to thoroughly investigate an area of urgent importance. Proposals can include (but are not limited to):
Investigation of structural inequities in the arts and culture workforce, specifically in small and mid-size nonprofit arts organizations, and identification of policy solutions to remove those barriers.
Research and recommend best practices for the arts and culture industry to build resilience and avoid funding fluctuations during periods of economic stagnation.
Identifying policy solutions that would help expand access to paid arts and culture-work based learning opportunities for opportunity youth, ages 16 to 24, such as internships, apprenticeships, or other paid opportunities.
Participants must live or work in Los Angeles County; other guidelines and eligibility can be found by clicking this link.
Applications close May 1st!
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ACTIVATE: ARTS INNOVATORS
In light of the devastating impacts of COVID-19, our creative communities are in need of visionary advocates now more than ever. Arts for LA is excited to announce a new track in our signature ACTIVATE arts advocacy & leadership program.
ACTIVATE Innovators supports artists, art & culture professionals, and community advocates in the development of an advocacy project designed to address an urgent issue facing the Innovator’s community. The program will pair participants with an expert mentor and connect them with the resources necessary to realize their advocacy work.
We welcome applications to this new program from anyone interested, including ACTIVATE Alumni. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions – we look forward to hearing from you!
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BECOME A MEMBER
In the wake of a global crisis, where arts and culture are key to unifying communities and coping with a new reality, Arts for LA is your only cross-discipline, cross-sector advocacy organization working to give the arts a voice during crucial decision making moments.
When you become a member of Arts for LA, you are joining a movement of artists, arts administrators, arts organizations, and arts advocates united in support of the same goal: ensuring the arts and culture in Los Angeles County are supported, especially in times of crisis.
Our members are vested partners in reinforcing what we advocate for in the arts. Arts for LA is an agent for change. Become a member today and be a part of that change.
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