Jan 24, 2020

Happy New Year! This newsletter brings updates on Arts for LA’s Public Policy Agenda, the LA County Percent for Art in Private Development ordinance hearing, and some great upcoming events.

We hope your 2020 is off to a great start! Firstly, thank you for your very generous contributions and support during our year end drive in December. We are pleased to report that you helped us raise 133% of our end of year goal. Thank you to the Herb Alpert Foundation for their support!

January has been busy for Arts for LA: We are reviewing the extraordinary number of ACTIVATE Arts Delegates applications, and will be introducing you to the 2020 class in next month’s newsletter. We’re also co-organizing important community dialogue about the future of the Ford Theater. In the last few months, community members have communicated to us the importance of investing in our region’s small and mid-sized organizations. This will be a main component of our 2020 policy agenda, which we will be releasing in just a few weeks — be sure to learn more about our agenda setting process below.

I hope you will join us for two advocacy opportunities in the next few months: on February 4th the LA County Board of Supervisors will be voting on Percent for Art in Private Development (learn more below); and Arts Day at LA City Hall is on April 21st! Save the date, and stay connected with our social media as we announce the program.


Gustavo Herrera
Executive Director, Arts for LA

In just a few weeks, Arts for LA will be releasing our 2020 Policy Agenda, focusing on four key issue areas: increased arts funding for small- to mid-sized organizations; affordable spaces for artists; creative career pathways; and equitable arts education.

Developed over a year-long, iterative process, Arts for LA’s policy framework includes ideas developed by 2019 Laura Zucker Fellow Allison Agsten, community listening of arts leaders during the State of the Arts Summit, issue-specific working groups with policy experts and practitioners, and approval by Arts for LA’s Board of Directors.

Arts for LA’s arts advocates have come up with some innovative approaches to some of our community’s most pressing concerns, and we look forward to sharing them with you. Stay tuned!
TAKE ACTION to support LA County’s creative communities! At 9:30am on Tuesday, February 4th, the County Board of Supervisors will be voting on the Percent for Art in Private Development ordinance – an innovative program that will fund the arts in under-resourced communities across the county.

Arts for LA will be in attendance and we hope you will join us to make your voice heard! For more information, or if you are interested in attending on February 4th, please reach out to Cordelia Istel, our Director of Organizing: cistel@artsforla.org.

Arts for LA has championed  the Percent for Art in Private Development since its drafting in March, 2017. The ordinance mandates a 1% fee on new, privately developed commercial, industrial and residential properties of 30 or more units in unincorporated areas of LA County. The ordinance exempts affordable housing projects, transitional housing projects, and mixed-income projects; all revenue generated will be directed towards civic art & cultural programming.
Frieze LA 2020

Frieze Los Angeles returns after the success of its inaugural event. Come visit Arts for LA at our booth in the Paramount Studios backlot.

Frieze will be held February 14th – 16th, with a preview on Friday, February 13th.

Explore the world’s leading galleries alongside special projects from ground-breaking artists. There are many ticket options, so you can customize your Frieze experience.

Click here to Buy Tickets

Hildegard Symposium

The Hildegards, a network for Los Angeles women working in classical music, invite you to our first symposium on Sunday, February 9th, from 12:00pm-5:15pm at the Colburn School.

In an afternoon filled with deep discussions, networking, learning and leading, you will engage with the big issues in our music community. Strengthen your ties with your colleagues in Los Angeles and help set the course for a more vibrant, inclusive future. Sessions include keynote events, career logistics sessions, speed mentoring and more.

Join by registering for your preferred sessions at Eventbrite, and we’ll save you a seat.

Buy Your Tickets Here!