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City: South El Monte City
Position Seeking: Councilmember
Question 1: Please share the most meaningful arts and cultural experience you had growing up.
My most meaningful experience growing up is when my Dad was an American Legion Post Commander & we had to perform in front of the veterans. To see the look on their faces and their deep appreciation they had for us touched my heart especially , because I was so shy growing up, and this performance set a whole new precedence for me. So I highly recommend the Arts not only for the self esteem it adds to the performer, but the power you have to reach the audience is so awesome.
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?
I think that we should invest in some type of cultural arts such a nice Museum, or to also elaborate on talent shows to allow the children to perform. As a School Board Member I have implemented many cultural festivities where the children perform, they sing, dance, and perform an enactment of Historical characters. It really is amazing.
Question 3: What’s your vision for the city? What role, if any, does art and culture play in achieving that vision?
I feel that if the children are performing families come out and support them, which will bring in community involvement and we can make it a festival time to also raise money for our community and in doing so enrich their performance program.
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)?
The first would be to involve Parents, Teachers, Community Members, and Businesses to come together to create a huge festival that would include The Arts such as singing, dancing, performances, food booths, taco trucks, icecream vendors, diverse booths. A DJ . So that the Diverse would make money and we would participate as a community together. Also I would contact the local colleges to have their students mentor some of the younger students as well as get them involved for recognition as well to promote their school Arts.
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Arts for LA, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, was incorporated in 2006 by a group of arts leaders
Arts for LA, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, was incorporated in 2006 by a group of arts leaders who had met informally for years to discuss and address the region’s most pressing arts issues. Since that time, Arts for LA has expanded its reach and deepened its roots in neighborhoods and school districts across Los Angeles County.
Today, Arts for LA includes 55,000 supporters, 400 Member Advocates, 165 Member Organizations, and four full-time staff members.
The work of Arts for LA is made possible by a wide network of funders and partners. We are a proud affiliate of Americans for the Arts, and a partner in Arts for All: Los Angeles County Blueprint for Arts Education.
Arts for LA receives generous support from California Community Foundation, the Department of Cultural Affairs Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and hundreds of member organizations and individuals.
Arts for LA's programs include: civic engagement and arts education advocacy trainings, convenings for the arts and cultural sector, direct education efforts with policymakers, and in-person and online networking activities. To connect arts and culture stakeholders spread throughout the vast region, Arts for LA implemented a groundbreaking web-based advocacy and communication platform that links 45,000+ subscribers in Los Angeles' 88 municipalities and 81 school districts. Arts for LA's robust website, ArtsforLA.org is a destination for arts and arts education advocacy, information and action for Los Angeles County residents.
Arts for LA campaigns have been instrumental in retaining millions of dollars in public support for arts and arts education. Selected results are: restored $5 million to LAUSD's arts education budget; maintained funding, that was threatened by elimination, for the Los Angeles County Arts Internship program. This program trains the next generation of arts managers and is a critical link in supporting arts education; preserved the 1% TOT allocation, which is the primary revenue stream for the City of LA's Cultural Affairs grants program. These and other campaigns have effectively leveraged resources for thousands of artists, arts organizations and arts education programs countywide.
As detailed in Arts for LA's 2013-2017 Strategic Plan, the goal is to empower those who attend, appreciate, and participate in arts and culture to become powerful advocates, with arts, culture, and arts education becoming an inclusive, respected public cause. Arts for LA embraces the theory of change that if it engages, informs, and mobilizes the nonprofit cultural arts, commercial creative industries, educational equity advocates, and cultural audiences, then:
- The field will become valuable and relevant to the public interest.
- Public value for arts, culture, and arts education will increase and become supportive of greater public and private resources.
- Communities will have greater access to arts education, diverse arts/cultural experiences, and creative economy employment opportunities.
Policy change is a marathon, and Arts for LA has trained at a steady pace, consistent with its financial resources and the timeframe required for building positive, solutions-focused relationships between the public sector and the cultural sector. The organization's membership base is broad and deep, including cornerstone institutions as well as grassroots and community arts groups. As the only cross-discipline arts advocacy organization in the region, Arts for LA is uniquely equipped to both serve and lead the arts and culture field as it adapts to an ever-changing landscape that requires constant vigilance and preparedness.
Long-term organizational goals include:
- Every K-12 student in Los Angeles County receives arts education as part of the core curriculum.
- Every city in Los Angeles County invests in local arts and culture.
- Every candidate running for election in Los Angeles County publicly supports the arts, culture, and arts education.
Arts for LA envisions the greater Los Angeles region as one in which government, education, business and residents value, support and fully integrate the arts—in all their diversity—into the fabric of civic life.
Arts for LA is a voice for the arts in Greater Los Angeles that informs, engages, and mobilizes individuals and organizations to advocate for access to the arts across all communities; arts education for every student; robust investment in the arts; and inclusion of diverse and underrepresented voices. Arts for LA invests in leadership development, growing networks of civically engaged advocates; building deep relationships with elected officials; and working in partnership across sectors to make LA a vibrant, prosperous, creative, and healthy society.
Arts for LA activates artists and organizations, and leads communities to advocate for an equitable, healthy, and creative Los Angeles region.
Statement of Values
Arts for LA believes that by identifying and eliminating barriers to equity, access, and inclusion, all of Los Angeles will thrive. We work to promote policies that uphold these values:
- Everyone deserves a creative voice and access to a variety of cultural and artistic experiences.
- Arts and cultural organizations and artists require a social environment that values and supports their contributions and encourages excellence.
- Arts education is central to the development of all children and to ongoing and creative engagement for people of all ages.
- The breadth, depth, and diversity of its artistic and cultural life are a critical measure of the vitality of Los Angeles, from neighborhood cultural centers to major arts institutions.
- The arts strengthen communities by increasing cultural empathy and fostering civic and public engagement.
Arts for LA Equity Statement
Arts for LA recognizes that our society is challenged to overcome a complex web of inequities – racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, ageism, and ableism among them. All of these forms of discrimination are powerful drivers of unequal individual and group outcomes.
Recognizing that achieving cultural equity is one of today’s most pressing issues, and that advancing equity through a cultural lens will have a significant positive impact on challenging discrimination-based injustices, Arts for LA affirms working for cultural equity in the LA County Arts Sector as one of our organizational priorities.