Department of Cultural Affairs Budget Discussions

Wed, 04/27/2011 (All day)
Advocacy Team (if applicable): 

The Los Angeles City Council has begun the public review of the Mayor’s proposed 2011-12 budget. On Tuesday, April 26th, the Arts, Parks, Health & Aging Committee discussed the Department of Cultural Affairs’ (DCA) current budget and the Mayor’s proposed budget relative to the department.

DCA Executive Director Olga Garay gave an overview of the Department of Cultural Affairs’ activities, including public art development projects. She noted that in the Mayor’s proposed budget the DCA for the first time will be off the General Fund and will rely solely on the 1% allocation of the Transient and Occupancy Tax (Los Angeles' hotel tax).

Several stakeholders provided public comment in support of the DCA and the Mayor’s proposed budget, including several representatives from Barnsdall Art Park and its facilities, and Jay McAdams, Executive Director of 24th Street Theatre.  Mr. McAdams urged the council members to view the investment in local arts as public safety dollars that help youth keep out of gangs by providing them with access to arts education. He noted that 24th Street Theatre has raised over half a million dollars in the past two years for art programs in LAUSD. DCA grants help arts organizations leverage other funds and have a large return in investment – over $8 dollars for every $1 dollar invested in local arts nonprofits.

On Friday, April 29, the Budget & Finance Committee will discuss the Mayor’s proposed budget relative to the Department of Cultural Affairs. The committee meeting begins at 1 pm in the John Ferraro Council Chamber Room 340. For the agenda, please click here.

If you are available to provide public comment this Friday, April 29, please contact Abe Flores at info(at)artsforla.org.

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