Arts for LA Celebrates New Board Leadership, Plans Executive Search, Announces Fall Events

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 2:52pm

New AFLA LeadershipJuly 1 brought with it a series of passed torches on our Board of Directors.  Please join us in celebrating our new leadership: 

Debra J.T. Padilla, Chair
Social & Public Art Resource Center (SPARC)

Melody Kanschat, Vice Chair
Getty Leadership Institute

Tim Dang, Treasurer
East West Players

David Burton, Secretary
The Autry National Center of the American West 

Lisa Cleri Reale was elected to the board effective July 1.  Ms. Reale has extensive experience in community affairs through her work with the Los Angeles Times and as the principal of Lisa Cleri Reale & Associates, which provides consulting services to nonprofits, corporations, and foundations.

Arts for LA thanks our immediate past chair Terence McFarland (LA STAGE Alliance) for his two years of service in that role.  He will continue to steward the organization as a member of the Board of Directors.  We would also like to thank board member Jay Dick (Americans for the Arts) for his many years of service to Arts for LA.  Mr. Dick’s board service ended last month.  We wish him well in his future endeavors!

With Danielle Brazell’s nomination by Mayor Eric Garcetti to lead the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs confirmed by the LA City Council, a committee of Arts for LA’s Board of Directors has turned its work to the task of hiring a new executive to continue the organization’s work to ensure everyone in Los Angeles County can have access to arts, culture, and arts education.

The Board hopes to select a firm in July to assist with the search; the current timeline identifies a January 1 start date for the next executive director for the organization.

“We are thrilled the city has recognized Danielle’s vision and leadership in the arts and culture community,” said Arts for LA Board Chair Debra J.T. Padilla.  “Her hard work helped grow Arts for LA into the effective, responsive organization it is today.  Finding the right leader to continue this work is our top priority now and we want to be thoughtful and thorough in our search.”

The Board of Directors hopes to have a job posting circulated by the end of July.  In the meantime, Development Director Charles Flowers will manage the day-to-day business of the organziation as interim managing director.  

Until the new executive director is named, it will be business as usual at Arts for LA.  Read on to learn more about what’s on our fall calendar and how you can contribute your voice to the cause!

Lastly, Arts for LA is gearing up for a lively fall full of opportunities for our members and advocates to gather and participate in events that further the cause of arts, culture, and arts education in our region.

We’ll convene a Culture & Creativity Candidate Forum in September for one of LA County’s high profile races.  Our Forums are nonpartisan and non-endorsing but chock full of robust dialogue from candidates about the role arts, culture, and arts education will play in building a vibrant Los Angeles.

In October, we’ll launch the Arts & Culture Candidate Surveys for races in Alhambra Unified School District and Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District as well as races in the Cities of Inglewood, Pomona, and Santa Monica.  

At the end of October, we’ll host the 2014 LA Convergence.  Last year’s LA Convergence drew 275 arts and culture leaders from throughout Los Angeles County to the Skirball Cultural Center for a day of dialogue, shared learning, and networking.  Be on the lookout for a “save the date” email from us on this event soon!

As always, Arts for LA will keep our eyes and ears open for opportunities for you to lend your voice to support arts, culture, and arts education in our region.