LA Mayor Forum Featured First Question about Arts & Culture [includes video]

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 11:51am

The morning plenary session of the recent Empowerment Congress Summit featured a forum of Los Angeles mayoral candidates.  The first question in that forum was selected and asked by the Empowerment Congress's arts and culture committee.

Skip to 45:00 to hear David Mack from Arts for LA Member Org Watts Village Theater Company ask this question:

"A recent report from the Otis College of Art and Design showed the creative economy employs one in eight workers in the Los Angeles region. However, dedicated funding for arts and culture is often the first commitment to fall prey to the city of LA’s budget axe. While municipal arts grants per capita are $15.85 in San Francisco and $14.21 in Chicago, they are only $1.72 in the City of LA according to the Americans for the Arts Local Arts Index. With unemployment in the double digits in areas such as South LA, how will you better utilize the power of the arts to revitalize our most neglected communities?”

Listen, too, for the murmuring of the audience at the content of this awesome question!! Great job, David!



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