Arts Day 2012

Wed, 04/11/2012 (All day)
Advocacy Team (if applicable): 

Arts Day 2012

Arts for LA is pleased to present Arts Day 2012 in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. The purpose of Arts Day 2012 is to foster dialogue among civic leaders who believe that a vibrant arts and cultural ecology is good for the social, civic and economic vibrancy of the City.

Arts Day 2012 is a daylong event that will take place at City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, on April 11, 2012.  The event will gather arts and culture advocates who work or reside in the City’s fifteen council districts to meet with their elected officials to express support of public funding for arts and culture in the City of Los Angeles.  It will end with a festive reception celebrating recent grantees and featuring Latin Grammy Award-nominated La Charanga Cubana.

Sponsored by the Honorable Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Council President Herb Wesson and Councilmember Richard Alarcón, Chairman of the Arts, Parks, Health and Neighborhood Committee, the event will bolster existing bipartisan support for the economic, civic and humanitarian contributions made by the nonprofit arts and cultural sector in partnership with the City of Los Angeles. 

Arts Day 2012 will begin with a briefing session for Arts Deputies to hear about the city’s diverse arts and cultural portfolio, meet other deputies and prepare for afternoon meetings with delegates.    

The briefing is followed by a training session for arts advocates, which includes advocacy best practices, key issues and talking points. Advocates will then put to practice what they’ve learned by meeting with their elected council member (or Council District office staff).

Working in alignment with the Arts for LA Policy Framework, advocates will address three issue areas with their representative. These issue areas support the overarching goal of the Arts for LA framework, which is to maintain existing government cultural resources at existing levels. After each council district visit, advocates will return to provide a report-out of their meeting and discuss next steps with the group. 

The event will conclude with a closing reception celebrating recent DCA grantees, strategic partners of the City that deliver high-quality arts experiences to communities in each of its fifteen council districts. The reception will feature music by La Charanga Cubana, hors d’ourvres and closing remarks by Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa.