Leadership in Tough Times (CNM Seminar)

Looking Ahead: Leadership Strategies for TurbulentTimes

Artists Mobilize Around MOCA and Bob Baker's Marionette Theatre

MOCA DowntownWith the news of MOCA financial crisis, artists have begun to mobilize and rally support for the contemporary art institution.

State Budget Woes Threaten School Districts

The LA Times Homeroom Blog reported that another $3 billion in cuts have been proposed to the Department of Education for FY 08-09

State Supt. of Pubic Instruction Jack O'Connell made a statement in response to the cuts.

Emerging Leaders Launch Professional Advisor Program


Los Angeles - November 6, 2008 - The Emerging Arts Leaders / Los Angeles (EAL/LA) network, which fosters the professional growth of early career arts administrators to ensure forward-thinking and sustained leadership in the Los Angeles County arts community, launched the Arts Professional Advisors Link (A.P.A.L.) program on Wednesday.

2008 Arts Leadership Convergence

On October 1st, Arts for LA gathered 200 arts, civic and education leaders at the Skirball Cultural Center to review a policy platform that will focus collective advocacy efforts over the next two budget cycles. M_Alexander

The platform, rooted in a value statement, contains eleven goals centered around five issue areas: Arts Education, Funding & Revenue Streams, Cultural Infrastructure, Cultural Tourism and Integration with Every Aspect of Civic Life.

Arts for LA Welcomes Camille Schenkkan!


Camille started in September and has hit the ground running. In addition to managing the day-to-day membership program, Camille is charged with implementing our online communication systems, including our Drupal website and monthly eblasts and reservation systems. Additionally Camille will assist in Arts for LA's day-to-day operations.

Advocacy Works

Arts for LA applauds Michael Alexander, Nathan Birnabum, Sasha Anawalt, Cynthia Campoy Brophy, Jilly Carzenes, Terence McFarland Michelle Mierz, Mark Seldis, Jan Williamson and Ayndrea Wilson for carving time out of their very busy day to spend almost an entire day at City Hall inside council chambers, advocating for the betterment of our field and the diverse communities we serve.

Candidate Forum Recap!

Forum Splast

Arts for LA is pleased to report that the forums with the leading supervisorial candidates, CA Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas and City of LA Councilman Bernard Parks yielded two important conversations about the arts in LA County.

Recap! April 12th Forum with Sentator Mark Ridley-Thomas

Candidate Forum

City of LA Budget Hearing Recap!

DCA Budget HearingCity of LA Dept. of Cultural Affairs Budget Hearing Recap!

On Thursday, May 1st ten members of the arts community provided public comment to the City of LA's Budget and Finance Committee. In a year of big budget cuts, Arts for LA felt is was especialy important to have a strong showing of support for DCA, its new leadership and the impending cultural master plan.