January 2022 Newsletter

Read about upcoming events and advocacy actions you can take today. 


This piece is courtesy of Lilian Delgado.

Welcome to 2022! We are excited to continue to build our advocacy movement for a more equitable and sustainable future for the creative industry of Los Angeles. We are grateful for your unwavering support. Because of you, we raised $46,828 during our 2021 year end fundraising drive, and welcomed 100 new members to the organization. We must continue to build our community power and unified arts advocacy voice. We must continue to come together in solidarity for a just and sustainable creative sector.

We are excited to share that we have selected our 2022 ACTIVATE Delegates cohort. Click here to meet our new participants. Congratulations to our 2022 ACTIVATE leaders.

Our advocacy continues: TAKE ACTION by January 31! The LA County Department of Arts and Culture and the Cultural Equity & Inclusion Initiative are seeking public comment on a set of Strategy Proposals that will guide the Department's work over the coming years.

We are only a few weeks away from releasing our 2022 Policy and Advocacy Agenda. Thank you to the hundreds of advocates who joined our strategy sessions, our convenings and working groups in 2021. Your voice helped us define our priorities for this year. We are happy to preview ahead of the release that Arts for LA has officially endorsed the Arts and Music in Schools - Funding Guarantee and Accountability Act. The statewide ballot initiative, currently in its signature gathering phase, is estimated to increase arts funding in schools by approximately $800 million to $1 billion annually. Arts for LA will continue to keep our community informed and engaged in the coming months.

Onward!

Gustavo Herrera
Chief Executive Officer


CONNECT.

The Picerne Family Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2022 Artist Outreach Project!

The application deadline is March 31, 2022.

Artist Outreach gives accomplished visual, performing and literary artists the opportunity to share their passion and expertise with under-served members of our community.

Selected artists, age 55 and older, contribute to their community by providing educational, mentoring and/or therapeutic art experiences to under-served groups. These art experiences are intended to reach people of any age group who might not otherwise have opportunities to enjoy the benefits of quality arts programs. Artists applying for the grant propose the arts programming they wish to provide, identify the population they are interested in serving, and choose a local nonprofit to collaborate with.

Grant Amount: Selected artists will receive up to $12,000 to contribute an average of 6 weekly contact hours with participants over the course of one year.

Eligibility: To be eligible for this grant, artists must be at least 55 years old and live in or plan to serve people in Los Angeles County or Orange County, California.

Application Information: The application deadline is March 31, 2022. Artists are encouraged to review the information and eligibility requirements outlined on the Foundation website, and then contact the Foundation in advance of their written application in order to discuss their intended projects.


The 2022 Californians for the Arts Regional Conversations are coming to Los Angeles County!

February 10, 2022 | 1:00 PM

This is your opportunity to connect, to get the latest news on resources and Federal and State arts policies, to collaborate on local priorities and to strengthen advocacy in the region. It is also an important opportunity to share your needs with Californians for the Arts so that we can better serve you and unify our statewide voice for the arts.

SPECIAL FEATURE: This year’s regional conversation is brought to you in partnership with Arts For LA, who will provide information and opportunities for you to engage locally. This event will also feature a conversation with local performing arts advocacy leaders on the unique challenges facing the sector and the need to build solidarity across arts disciplines.

Register below. Your registration will allow CAFTA to provide you with a detailed agenda prior to the event.


LEARN.

​​There are two webinars coming up from our partners at CreateCA:

Arts Activism in Action: Spoken Word and Zines

February 3, 2022 | 4:30 PM

Join Mason Granger, Interim Deputy Director of Get Lit and UCLA grad student, alea adigweme as we create activist art to submit to the Student Voices Campaign!


The Arts are a Student Right!
3 Simple Steps to Make Schools More Creative

February 3, 2022 | 6:00 PM

This is a critical moment in the movement for every student’s right to creative expression. Arts programs provide outlets for expression, build resiliency and improve academic performance. Students in your school district should have access to these opportunities. Take action now: Learn about the role of parents, students and community members to serve as advocates and to convince decision makers about the value of arts education. You will walk away with ready-to-use tools from Create CA, CA PTA, Arts for LA and Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area that will support you in advocating for a creative education for all students in your district.


LEAD.

The LA County Department of Arts & Culture (LACDAC) and Cultural Equity & Inclusion Initiative (CEII) are seeking public comment on a set of Strategy Proposals that will guide the department's work over the coming years.

TAKE ACTION

  1. LEARN MORE about the 31 Strategy Proposals put forward by the LACDAC and the CEII.
  2. VOTE! Make your voice heard by selecting your TOP 3 PRIORITIES by January 31, 2022.

BACKGROUND (From the LA County Department of Arts & Culture website)

In June 2017, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the 13 recommendations set forth by the Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative (CEII), and voted to fund four of the recommendations, which Arts and Culture subsequently launched. One of those funded recommendations was to establish a Countywide Cultural Policy (Cultural Policy) to provide a roadmap with concrete elements focused on equity, diversity, inclusion, and access, setting out ways in which all LA County departments can contribute to cultural life by ensuring that every resident has access to arts and culture.

For more background on the Cultural Policy and its public comment period, visit the LA County Department of Arts & Culture website.

Job Board Highlights

Arts for LA updates our Job and Artist Opportunity Board weekly. Click the button below to look through our most recent job postings. If your organization has a job you would like to post on Arts for LA's website, click here to fill out our job submission form.


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