Nov 22, 2021

Updates on your arts advocacy, upcoming events, job highlights, and more!

This month, former LA Unified School District (LAUSD) District Superintendent Austin Beutner filed a statewide ballot initiative: The Arts and Music in Schools – Funding Guarantee and Accountability Act, with the goal of greatly increasing investment in public school art programs.

Arts for LA is closely tracking this initiative in its early stages and will make sure we update you as more information becomes available.

This December, the Los Angeles Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2028’s (LA28) Gaming Agreement will be heard in LA City Council’s LA 28 Ad Hoc Commmittee, chaired by Councilmember O’Farrell and will then go for a City Council Vote. The agreement includes a commitment by LA28 to develop a plan to include local artists in the creation of the Olympic games, including related experiences in culturally diverse neighborhoods. It is important that LA 28 meaningfully include arts and culture into their commitment to legacy and sustainability in Los Angeles, and we will continue to keep you updated on the development of this plan and the Games.

In other AFLA news: applications for the 2022 cohort of our ACTIVATE Delegates program open next month! Read on to hear about ways in which you can get involved, including contributing to the research of our Laura Zucker Fellow, Erika Hirugami. Also, check out highlights from Arts for LA’s job board.

We want to express our gratitude to this community for your advocacy and passionate leadership throughout 2021 – thank you. If you believe in the impact and importance of Arts for LA, do your part and contribute to our mission today.


Gustavo Herrera
Chief Executive Officer


The Arts and Music in Schools – Funding Guarantee and Accountability Act

Early this month, former Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner officially submitted a proposed initiative aimed at providing a surge of investment into public school art programs.

Endorsed by high-profile figures in the music and entertainment industry including Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, Issa Rae, and more – the “The Arts and Music in Schools — Funding Guarantee and Accountability Act” is estimated to raise approximately $800 million annually for K-12 arts education.

Arts for LA is paying close attention to this initiative and will continue to keep you updated.

Contribute to our 2021 Laura Zucker Fellow’s Research

Our 2021 Laura Zucker Research Fellow, Erika Hirugami, is working to identify resources and support for undocumented artists in Los Angeles.

Erika is looking for undocumented artists and arts workers willing to share their experience. If you are an undocumented arts professional who wishes to be a part of this project to increase resources for this vital group of arts practitioners, please get in touch.

All interviews will be kept entirely anonymous.

If you work for an arts organization that lacks protocols to work with undocumented artists we are here to help too! Please contact us using the link above. To learn more about Erika’s research, click below.

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Arts for LA is gearing up to start recruitment for our 2022 ACTIVATE Delegates program. More details and the application will be made available beginning in December. Click the button below to learn more about the program.

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Californians for the Arts
Living with the Pandemic: Safety Guidance for the Arts Series

Part 3: Best Practices for Artists and Venues

Presented by:

Californians for the Arts and The Center for Emerging Pathogens at Keck School of Medicine of USC


Julie Baker – Executive Director, Californians for the Arts
Dr. Neha Nanda – Founding Director, The Center for Emerging Pathogens at USC
Nara Hernandez – Visual Arts Director, Heart of Los Angeles

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Job Board Highlights

Arts for LA updates our Job and Artist Opportunity Board weekly. Click the button below to look through our most recent job postings. If your organization has a job you would like to post on Arts for LA’s website, click here to fill out our job submission form.


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