June 2021 eNews Updates

Read on for our June updates and exciting announcements. 

Arts for LA is growing! We are thrilled to announce that Emerging Arts Leaders, LA is now officially a program of Arts for LA - read on for more info about how our communities are coming together. Arts for LA is also expanding its core team, hiring several new positions to support our ongoing advocacy, leadership development, and community building.

Additionally, over the coming months we will be on-boarding the 2021 Laura Zucker Fellow - applications are open!

As we look to this next chapter, we could not be more proud of all this community has accomplished. We are also excited about the work ahead and need your help to continue building community power for our creative communities. Become a member today to help us meet our $18,000 fundraising goal.


Gustavo Herrera
Executive Director


Arts for LA’s co-sponsored bill, the Creative Workforce Development Act (SB 628) continues to make its way through the CA State legislative process. Earlier this week, Arts for LA provided lead witness testimony in support of SB 628, and it passed through the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports Tourism and Internet Media and the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment; it is now on its way to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. This step is critical to ensuring the bill is funded.

A growing coalition of arts organizations, unions, and advocacy organizations support this landmark legislation, including:

  • Pen America
  • Directors Guild
  • Actor’s Equity
  • CA Alliance for Arts Education
  • San Bernardino Symphony
  • Ophelia’s Jump
  • Santa Cruz County Arts Council
  • Arts Orange County
  • Music Changing Lives
  • San Jose County Arts Advocates
  • Silicon Valley Creates
  • The Latino Arts Network of CA
  • The Music Center

If your organization is interested in joining this coalition to endorse this critical bill, contact Director of Organizing Cordelia Istel.

Just as importantly, you can support the passage of the Creative Workforce Development Act by becoming a member of Arts for LA today.



Exciting news: Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles is becoming a program of Arts for LA!

The integration of EAL/LA into Arts for LA will strengthen the resources, trainings, and institutional foundation of EALLA's programming while bringing a new generation of arts leaders to the advocacy work of Arts for LA.

Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles and Arts for LA have worked together for years as we share a commitment to the Los Angeles art community and many members. As EAL/LA examined strategies to continue expanding our impact and enter a new phase of organizational development, it was clear that partnering with AFLA would be the right move. We are excited to continue our work preparing, educating, and inspiring the next generation of art sector leadership as a program of Arts for LA.

- Claudia de Vasco, Managing Director, Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles

Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles and Arts for LA share a deep commitment to supporting a diverse, thriving creative workforce in the LA region. Through this partnership, we hope to further invest in the arts community, center the voices of artists and arts professionals, and rebuild a creative sector that supports all arts workers.

Arts for LA is excited to announce the next phase of our growth alongside Claudia and Emerging Arts Leaders of Los Angeles, by integrating the organization and its vibrant community into the passionate Arts for LA network. As we integrate EAL/LA into our programming, we are dedicated to growing the skills of individual leaders, ingraining advocacy at every step of their development, and building a network of new leaders who can propel institutional and systemic change that advances cultural equity for the entire sector.

- Gustavo Herrera, Executive Director, Arts for LA

Click here to learn more about Emerging Arts Leaders, Los Angeles.

A huge thank you to our Arts for LA Design Sub-Committee members who worked on this strategic restructuring effort: Felicia Rosenfeld, Winifred Neisser and Amy Aquino, including the Nonprofit Sustainability Fund who provided the funding support.

In an effort to model equitable practices in our sector, Arts for LA has relaunched our job board and artist opportunity list with a commitment to wage transparency. Click below to take a look at our new job board.

Interested in sharing a job or opportunity on the Arts for LA job board? Click here and fill out our online form!


We welcome applications from anyone who has a demonstrated interest in conducting research and/or crafting public policy pertaining to the arts and cultural landscape of the LA region.

Arts for LA invites research proposals that will inform the creation of policy proposals and/or advocacy initiatives in line with our policy pillars and aimed at building a more just, equitable arts & culture sector in the LA region.

Arts for LA's four policy pillars are:

  • Funding + Capital
  • Education Equity
  • Affordable Space
  • Creative Jobs

Click the button below to learn more about this opportunity, and to apply!

Arts for LA is so excited to announce our 2021 ACTIVATE Innovators! This group of ten incredible arts leaders are working to develop a project that will bring creative careers to their organizations. Meet our innovators below, and stay tuned as we share more about their projects and ideas for change.

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