During the summer of 2015 while planning the second year of ACTIVATE, Arts for LA recognized an opportunity to expand the program to a new audience: students. Based on a “train-the-trainer” model, this program would train those who are already engaged with students on ways to incorporate advocacy training into their work with youth.
In May 2015, Arts for LA had participated in LA Youth Vote, the United Way’s initiative to register high school students to vote, and staff had personally registered students to vote and chaperoned them to the voting booth on May 19, 2015. That powerful moment inspired Arts for LA to consider ways to engage young voices that wanted and needed to be heard.
On Wednesday, May 25, Arts for LA's ACTIVATE 2015-16 fellows celebrated the culmination of their 9 months of training with a ceremony at the Japanese American National Museum.
Sponsored by OVATION, the evening included a spoken word performance by Gordon Ip of Get Lit - Words Ignite, followed by welcoming remarks by executive director Sofia Klatzker, who acknowledged the incredible reach of the leadership training program: “After two years, we have 138 ACTIVATE fellows representing and impacting 26 cities and 34 school districts.”
Dear Superintendent King,
Congratulations on your unanimous appointment to Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Growing up in Los Angeles and graduating from Hamilton High School, I have seen first hand your inclusive leadership and your commitment to students, teachers, and parents.
Arts for LA looks forward to working with you who so deeply knows the needs of our students and is dedicated to finding solutions to the myriad challenges they face and making opportunities available to everyone.
On Saturday, December 5, cohorts from both the Arts Education and Cultural Policy tracks of Art for LA’s ACTIVATE Arts Advocacy Leadership Program gathered at the Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts for a day-long Leadership and Taking Action seminar.
The seminar featured six guest speakers and four workshop sessions. ACTIVATE participants were given the opportunity to refine their leadership skills, discuss barriers and solutions to equity issues, practice communication strategies, and learn about community organizing. The session helped to lay the foundation for the ACTIVATE action projects set to begin in Spring of 2016.
To the Editor:
Thank you for the recent pair of articles on the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) efforts to restore arts education (“Little Music to their Ears”/ “Only 35 LA public schools get an A in supporting the arts,” Nov 2) and the network of arts organizations providing arts education (“When schools can’t provide arts education, nonprofit groups step in,” Nov 3).
On November 3, 2015, over 66 jurisdictions in Los Angeles County held elections representing 156 seats for the positions of mayor, city council, or school board across the County.
The Oversight Hearing of the Joint Committee on the Arts is meeting this Friday to focus on "The Visual and Performing Arts: Arts Education Code Compliance"
This year we announced the new Cultural Policy track for ACTIVATE to accompany the Arts Education track we developed last year.
The 2015-16 budgets passed by the City of Los Angeles, the County of Los Angeles, and the State of California all include good news for arts nonprofits. While there is much work yet to be done, there are many milestones to celebrate with funding for the arts on the rise across the state. The majority of arts funding increases are a result of restorations to cuts we saw during the Great Recession.