ACTIVATE: Arts Delegates Track

The program will function as an advocacy & organizing lab, introducing the fundamentals of policy-making, civic procedures, advocacy, and community organizing, with the aim of empowering participants to design change campaigns in one of Arts for LA’s four policy areas: affordable spaces for artists, creative career pathways, equitable arts education, and arts funding.

This program is designed for artists, arts professionals, cultural workers, and community advocates interested in learning the advocacy and organizing skills necessary to make change across LA's creative sectors. No prior knowledge of advocacy, organizing, cultural or educational policy is required.

Applications for the 2020 ACTIVATE Arts Delegates cohort have closed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


All selected Arts Delegates are expected to attend each session and/or event listed below. Please be sure you are available for each of the dates/times before applying. If you do have a conflict for any of the below dates, there will be space to describe your circumstances in the application. 

Applications open: December 17, 2019

Applications due: 11:59pm on January 17, 2020

Applicants notified: January 31, 2020


Session 1: Introduction to the State of the Arts in the LA Region
Thursday, February 27th
6.30pm - 9.30pm

Session 2: Tools of Change - Policy, Legislation, Social Movements
Thursday, March 19th
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Session 3: Working with Elected Officials - Advocacy & Lobbying
Thursday, April 16th
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Event: Arts Day @ City Hall
Tuesday, April 21st
HOLD: 8:30am - 3:00pm

Session 4: Building Power in Your Community 
Thursday, May 21st
6:30pm - 9:30pm

ACTIVATE Culmination: Tom Bradley Tower @ LA City Hall
Thursday, July 16th
6:30pm - 8:30pm



Attend Monthly Sessions

The monthly sessions will generally take place on the third Thursday of the month from 6:30-9:30pm at various locations across the city.

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 60-90 minutes total.

Attend Online Issue Training 

Arts Delegates will be asked to participate in one online issue training between March and July of 2020, dates TBD.