Report from the April 24 LA Advocacy Briefing

Fri, 05/11/2012 (All day)

Photo from LA Advocacy Briefing

On April 24, Arts for LA joined Americans for the Arts and state and local arts leaders for an LA Advocacy Briefing, a calibrated effort among leaders at all levels to cultivate an electorate informed and knowledgable about arts field issues.  Nearly 70 arts leaders from around the region attended the presentation and panel discussion, held in partnership with The Music Center in the Evan and Marc Stern Grand Hall.

Steven Rountree, President & CEO of The Music Center, served as host for the disussion. Gaynor Strachan Chun of Ovation provided opening remarks, which were followed by a presentation by Americans for the Arts CEO Robert L. Lynch, who gave an overview of ArtsVote2012, Americans for the Arts Action Fund's annual effort to spur voters to have open dialogs with candidates about their positions on issues relative to the
arts and arts education. Arts for LA with Americans for the Arts Action Fund

Danielle Brazelle of Arts for LA served as moderator for a discussion of local and state advocacy issues. Panelists included Melissa Feruzzi Shriver, Chair of the California Arts Council; Olga Garay-English, Executive Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Los Angeles; Bettina Korek, Founder of ForYourArt and a Los Angeles County Arts Commissioner; and Mark Slavkin, Vice President for Education at The Music Center.

In an effort to cultivate a more informed electorate, the Arts Action fund recently opened ArtsVote2012, a national initiative geared toward ensuring the arts impact federal elections by identifying, educating, training and mobilizing arts voters to help influence candidates to take strong positions in support of the arts. Arts education and the cultural economy, highlighted by ArtsVote2012, continue to be national campaign issues with considerable impact on local communities, particularly in Los Angeles County.  Arts for LA adopted these two issues as core elements of its 2011-2013 policy framework, around which we’ve organized many successful campaigns through the effective work of our networks throughout the region.

ArtsVote logoInterested voters can learn more about the arts-related voting record of their elected officials by visiting the 2010 Congressional Arts Report Card and get a big-picture sense of the arts political landscape by reading through the Arts Action Fund’s 2011 Post-Election Impact on the Arts.

The Arts Action Fund is the advocacy arm of Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America.  Launched in 2004, the Arts Action Fund seeks to engage citizens in education and advocacy in support of the arts and arts education.