May 26, 2020

This month has been a busy one for Arts for LA and our community of passionate arts advocates across the region.

Arts for LA was proud to work with Councilmember Ryu to unanimously pass a motion that will reallocate Arts Development Fee funds to support local artists and nonprofit arts organizations. We applaud Councilmembers Krekorian and Rodriguez for similarly moving to make funds available to support the arts and culture communities of their districts. Thank you to our partners in City Council and the Department of Cultural Affairs for their leadership in supporting artists and arts organizations. Read more here.

We are following the LA City and County budget process closely and know that many municipalities across the region are also facing daunting challenges. We will keep our community apprised of any actions to be taken.

We are so grateful to the dedicated arts advocates who joined us for April’s Voting for the Arts in 2020. A huge thank you to CA Assembly Member Richard Bloom and Californians for the Arts Executive Director Julie Baker for leading a conversation about the role of the arts in California’s COVID-19 response and recovery. We hope you will join us on Wednesday, May 27th, for the next training, focusing on local arts education advocacy. Register here!

Lastly, we selected our 2020 Laura Zucker Fellow this month! We are pleased to introduce you to Nahal Jalali – read more about her below.

Our supporters make our programs and advocacy work possible. In support of our mission and efforts, Arts for LA’s Board Advancement Committee has issued a matching challenge of up to $6,500! Help us meet this match by June 30th!


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Voting for the Arts in 2020 is back! This new series of free, digital trainings offers the Arts for LA community a look at how the issues appearing on the November ballot are likely to impact the creative sector. This month’s advocacy training will focus on the movement for equitable arts education – particularly on tools and strategies for ensuring local decision makers harness the full power of arts education in responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

Presented in partnership with the California Alliance for Arts Education, the session will cover strategies for engaging local school board members, responding to proposed budget cuts, and best practices for amplifying student voices.

Register Today!
Presenters include:

Tom DeCaigny – Executive Director, California Alliance for Arts Education

Summer McBride – President, Culver City Unified School District Board of Education

Cordelia Istel – Director of Organizing, Arts for LA

Adelaide Kuehn – Program Director, California Alliance for Arts Education

Caitlin Lainoff – Program & Communications Manager, California Alliance for Arts Education


Arts for LA is pleased to introduce our 2020 Laura Zucker Fellow for Policy and Research – Nahal Jalali! The fellowship is a unique opportunity to research policies that will impact LA’s arts and cultural policy landscape– Nahal will be exploring the relationship between the arts and local government innovation.

Nahal Jalali is a visual artist, writer, and strategy consultant focused on advancing social change through the arts. She is currently working on finalizing her first book on the intersection of art and public policy. The book is a collection of more than twenty accessible and compelling stories illustrating the benefits of arts and cultural programs across a variety of sectors, locations, and issue areas. Nahal is also a Senior Consultant in Deloitte’s Government and Public Services practice where she advises public and social sector clients on innovation, strategic growth, and social impact strategy.
Prior to joining Deloitte, Nahal served as a Deloitte Data Analytics Fellow, a Research Assistant for Georgetown University’s Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Economics (GUI2DE), and as the Communications Specialist for a nonprofit organization managing more than fifty development projects across India and Nepal. Nahal earned her Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University where she wrote her graduate thesis on individual preferences for public funding of the arts in the United States. She also has a personal ceramic arts practice and is a member of the CLAY CA studio in Chinatown.


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.

Arts for LA’s Advancement Board Committee has issued a matching challenge – together, the Committee members will match all donations up to $6,500. Become a member today, and your contribution will be doubled!

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