Arts for LA's Danielle Brazell to Lead LA's Dept of Cultural Affairs

Thu, 06/19/2014 (All day)
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Danielle BrazellArts for LA is pleased to announce Executive Director Danielle Brazell has been nominated by Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve as the new general manager of the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Los Angeles. Her work with the department will begin pending confirmation by the Los Angeles City Council.

"Los Angeles is the creative capital of the world, and Danielle has the experience and passion to lead the Department into a new era that showcases our talent, inspires our youth, and supports our creative economy," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "Arts shouldn't be an afterthought.  They should be a core part of our city government, and Danielle is uniquely qualified to make sure arts and culture touches every Angeleno's life."

Danielle was Arts for LA’s first executive director, joining the organization in 2006 as it transitioned from an ad hoc committee of regional arts leaders to a formalized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Over the last eight years, she has steadily built Arts for LA’s capacity from an informal network of arts leaders to a respected coalition of advocates working in partnership with elected officials throughout Los Angeles County. Today, Arts for LA’s network includes over 160 member organizations and over 40,000 people.

Danielle’s twenty years of experience include work as the director of special projects for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation and as the artistic director of Highways Performance Space.  She has been honored with numerous grants and awards, including the 2000 Getty Fellowship, a 2009 CLEAR Communications Fellowship sponsored by the James Irvine Foundation, and a 2010 SHero Award from California State Senator Curren D. Price. In 2013, Danielle attended the Executive Education program for State and Local Government Leaders at Harvard University. She serves on the board of Californians for the Arts, on the Arts for All Executive Committee, and represents Arts for LA on the Policy Committee of the California Alliance for Arts Education.

Terence McFarland, Chair of Arts for LA's Board of Directors, said, "The Mayor has tapped an ideal leader to helm the Cultural Affairs department. Danielle is a fierce advocate and understands, to her core, the transformational qualities of the arts. A change agent, beloved in the arts community, she will serve us all well, in partnership with the Mayor, on behalf of the citizens of Los Angeles."

“Arts for LA knew we had a dynamic, visionary, and passionate leader for the arts in Danielle Brazell; we commend her appointment to head DCA and look forward to continuing Arts for LA's partnership with the City in advocating for the arts," said Debra J.T. Padilla, Incoming Arts for LA Board Chair and Executive Director of the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC).

The Department of Cultural Affairs is the City of Los Angeles’s primary distributor of public funding in support of arts, culture, and arts education projects citywide.  With a granting portfolio of over 350 organizations, twenty-two neighborhood arts and cultural centers, and a robust public art program, the department’s mission is to advance the social and economic impact of the arts and ensure access to diverse and enriching cultural activities in neighborhoods throughout the City of Los Angeles.

Danielle thanks the Arts for LA Board of Directors, the staff, and the network of member organizations and advocates for her time with Arts for LA and looks forward to continuing to work through the arts with Los Angeles’s diverse communities in this new role. Learn more about the Department of Cultural Affairs here.


Hello  David DeMars here..i am an artist and would like to invite Danielle to my artists reception on the 19th of July at the Canoga Park youth arts center  7222 remmet ave canoga park 91303  3 til10 pm  The show runs from the 5th to the 29th if you can't make the party..Bring your

New General Mgr. Department of Cultural Affairs

What is great is that Danielle is an artist, having performed at Highways numerous times in the past and we all knew her then and are thrilled abouther appointment. She knows how artists tick, she knows how Los Angeles ticks, and she is savvy and political in the best of all possible ways. Hurray!!

Clayton Campbell

Perfect person for the job

She has always done amazing things and has always been an inspirational professional figure to not only me, but to many others. Danielle Brazell is perfect for the job. 


Gretchen Reyes

Danielle's nomination!

I am so proud to have Danielle head the Department of Cultural Affairs for Los Angeles.  Her infectious spirit and dedication to making Los Angeles a place known for it's art make her a perfect fit.  Her smile alone will make people remember that Los Angeles is a place with a positive attitude and progressive future!

Congratulations!  You Rock!

Juliana Martinez

Congratulations to Danielle Brazell

THe Arts for LA has a great opportunity to realize their goals with Danielle in a Leadership position.

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