Jul 27, 2020

Read on for updates on our advocacy campaigns, and upcoming events.

The Arts and Culture sector is facing unprecedented challenges likely to impact our region’s creative ecosystem for generations. As our community navigates this extended crisis, Arts for LA has worked tirelessly to build a coalition of dedicated arts advocates, launching the #CreativityInCrisis campaign, and working with elected officials across the region to make sure the arts are part of reimagining, rebuilding, and reinvesting in a healthy, equitable LA region. With your help, we were able to achieve the following:

In response to an open letter, and its nearly 1,000 signatories, Los Angeles City Council approved Councilmember Ryu’s motion converting festival dollars to an emergency artist relief fund.
We mobilized 700 arts advocates from across the region to take action in support of Arts Education for students in their communities.
As discussions around the LA Countywide Cultural Policy began, Arts for LA solicited nearly 300 public comments from our arts and culture community, resulting in an unanimous adoption of the plan by the Board of Supervisors.
Arts for LA is honored to be the voice of LA’s Arts and Culture Sector. We hope you will continue to join us as we fight for greater investment in our artists, cultural organizations, and communities.

Read on to learn more about the success of our fundraising drive and upcoming programs!


Gustavo Herrera
Executive Director


June marked the end of Arts for LA’s fiscal year and our deadline to raise funds in support of the organization’s ongoing work. We were deeply moved by your generous donations totaling over $10,000 dollars! With our Board Advancement Committee’s matching challenge of $6,500 dollars, our community stepped up to ensure we are able to enter the new fiscal year strong and ready to fight for LA’s creative communities.

We cannot thank you enough for your support. Arts for LA’s work would not be possible without your passion and commitment.


As school districts across LA County and California propose deep cuts to arts education, this training will equip advocates with talking points, policy models, and strategic approaches to ensure school board members understand the importance of the arts and how they can support district goals in the midst of public health and financial crises.

Presenters include:

Bob Morrison – Founder/CEO, Quadrant Research

The Arts & Social-Emotional Competencies

Jeannine Flores – Arts & STEAM Coordinator, LA County Office of Education

The Arts & Distance Learning

Heather Moses – Arts Coordinator, Culver City Unified School District

The Arts & English Language Learners

Elida Ledesma – Associate Director, Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network

The Arts & Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Justus Jones – Youth Engagement Specialist, Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network

The Arts & Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Stay Tuned! Arts for LA’s Voting for the Arts will be back again with LA City Controller, Ron Galperin on Wednesday, August 12th, “Public Art & City Finances in the Age of COVID-19.” Follow us on social media to be the first to register!


Californians for the Arts presents Regional Conversations – The State of Arts & Culture in California. Join us for the Los Angeles conversation on Monday, August 3rd.

There is great uncertainty in our field about how and when to reopen safely and effectively and how we as a sector can adapt. Each conversation will include updates on state and federal advocacy with special guests to be announced.

You will have a chance to share ideas, questions and concerns with the Californians for the Arts team, and most importantly each other as the situation continues to evolve. Hearing from one and other is vital as we strategize best practices and the future of our industry in the age of COVID-19.

We hope to “see” you on Monday, August 3rd!


In the wake of a global crisis, where arts and culture are key to unifying communities and coping with a new reality, Arts for LA is your only cross-discipline, cross-sector advocacy organization working to give the arts a voice during crucial decision making moments.

When you become a member of Arts for LA, you are joining a movement of artists, arts administrators, arts organizations, and arts advocates united in support of the same goal: ensuring the arts and culture in Los Angeles County are supported, especially in times of crisis.

Become a Member Today!