City: Lawndale City
Position Seeking: Councilmember
Question 1: Please share the most meaningful arts and cultural experience you had growing up.
In my younger days, I not only participated in a few plays, I was also in our high school marching band. We had friends in the local Performing Arts Theater and enjoyed their performances. It has been a few years since our family has gone to a Live performance at a Theater, I would like to see More of an emphasis available in our schools.
Question 2: What do you think should be the role of City Council in the development and support of the region’s arts and cultural infrastructure?
City Council is a key element in encouraging and promoting the various cultural and art activities which we have within our community each year We encourage our residence to not only come to see performances of our various groups but to also participate in programs throughout the community which are sponsored by the diverse groups and entities which are active This includes our activities at Harold Hofmann Community Center, our Library and the Fairs which we put on annually. We have also incorporated Musical Themes and citizen Artwork in our recent park designs.
Question 3: What’s your vision for the city? What role, if any, does art and culture play in achieving that vision?
Art & Cultural are such a large part of our diverse culture, that it is not only a great cornerstone to build community functions on, but is key to embracing our ability to thrive side by side here in the Heart of the South Bay! I encourage anyone reviewing this to come to the Lawndale Spring Fair.
Questions 4: A recent report by the Otis College of Design found that 1 in every 7 jobs in LA County is supports the creative sector and economy in Los Angeles County. What strategies, if any, would you pursue to enhance the region’s creative economy (i.e. cultural tourism, indirect and direct jobs, nonprofit and for profit organizations)?
I am happy to assist in promoting businesses and non profits who are serving our youth in expressing themselves through Art & Cultural programs in our community. I have sponsored trips for youth and volunteered with several local youth programs so I am aware of the direct result they have in the growth and exposure to the Arts within our young generation. One of the most memorable was National Competition of Teens & Talent where our local youth group excelled in the awards, trophies & scholarships they secured by the talent we nurtured.