Gearing up... Preparing for the Unknown


The other night I had the opportunity to participate in a convening in the 2010 Bravo Forum. A program of the Music Center of Los Angeles County, the Forum's theme was Empowering Educators as Advocates for Arts Education.

Something's Happening Here: Public/Private Partnerships




Something’s happening here! Our vast region of 88 cities, 81 school districts and approximately 140 (that’s right, 140!) unincorporated areas is transforming once again.



I've been thinking...

Danielle Brazell, Executive Director of Arts for LAI’ve been thinking….

About why I do what I do. It could feel like a never-ending battle to increase support for the arts in Los Angeles, especially during tough budget cycles.

Looking Back... And Forward

Arts for LA Staff: Camille Schenkkan, Tara Stafford, Danielle BrazellIt's hard to believe it was just four years ago that I was working in the basement of Grand Performances, plugging in the phone lines, building our first website and membership campaign.

Home Stretch

Whew! Take a deep breath, advocates.

Advocacy: It's all about the numbers


Strength in Numbers

They say advocacy is all about numbers: the number of people in a network and the number of constituents who take action. While this is true, advocacy is also about relationships. Having solid relationships with those in your network as well as those you advocate to is essential to developing the trust needed to make successful change.

Strength in Numbers

Hery Wong

Thanks to your efforts, the Campaign to retain the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs' TOT allocation was a success.

700 Letters in 30 Days

At the dawn of a new decade those of us who are working in arts and culture find ourselves in an interesting moment.  

The state fiscal crisis continues to impact cities and school districts throughout our region.  While our individual goals may be to maintain our own organizations' solvency, our collective goal must be to retain the critical infrastructure that has been built over the past ten years, especially in arts education.

Advocacy in Tough Times

Building strong support for the arts and arts education is what you do every day.  Yet resources continue to dwindle, as the state economic forecast affirms that fiscal recovery is slow for California.  This means that counties, cities and school districts will continue to grapple with insurmountable budget deficits, short falls and cuts to essential city services.

Great Art Well Marketed



The Arts in Crisis: Los Angeles 

Timothy & Michael