Oct 27, 2021

Read for updates from the 2021 State of the Arts Summit, updates on your advocacy, and tons of exciting upcoming events.

Now, more than ever, it is vital for the arts and culture field in Los Angeles to come together in solidarity for the long-term sustainability of our community. Solidarity for Sustainability was the central theme of our 2021 State of the Arts Summit (SOTA) – thank you to everyone who joined us for the convening. We will now take what we reported back to you at SOTA, including the insights and knowledge our community shared during our community listening sessions and use it to guide our 2022 policy and advocacy agenda. Stay tuned.

On October 9, Governor Newsom signed into law SB 628 (Allen) – the California Creative Workforce Act, co-sponsored by Arts for LA and California Arts Advocates.After 8 months of tireless advocacy by our dedicated network of advocates, we are thrilled that this landmark legislation is now California State law. As an evolution of our 2021 agenda, A Just Recovery, which sought to rebuild an infrastructure that prioritizes racial diversity and living wage jobs, SB 628 is a big step in this direction. We thank Senator Allen for his fearless leadership and we will continue to advocate for funding for this workforce development program in 2022.

On October 15, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) introduced the Art Education for All Act (H.R. 5581) in the U.S. House of Representatives. As the broadest-sweeping arts education policy bill to-date, the Act includes key provisions that will support and encourage the offering of arts education and programming experiences to Americans including K-12 students, and youth impacted by the juvenile justice system. Show federal decision makers that the LA arts and culture voting bloc is active and engaged, Organizations can sign on to the bill here, and individuals can take action here.

Read on to learn about upcoming events from our partner organizations.


Gustavo Herrera
Chief Executive Officer


California Forward Economic Summit. Produced by California Forward in partnership with the California Stewardship Network, the Summit influences CA FWD’s ongoing movement to make the government and economy work for everyone. The two-day Summit is designed to create a shared economic agenda known as the Roadmap to Shared Prosperity and strengthen the Summit network, setting the stage for collective action in 2022.

There is no more critical moment to recommit to collaboration and to find different ways to address our most pressing challenges. Shaping California’s future to ensure families, communities and future generations have the opportunity to achieve the California is what we’re all about. Arts for LA is a partner of CA Forward and a proud sponsor of this year’s California Economic Summit.

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Living with the Pandemic: Safety Guidance for the Arts
Part 2: A Focus on Youth Programs

November 17, 2021 | 4:30 PM

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

Plus leading experts from public health departments and arts organizations.

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Arts and Healing Summit. ​​Our member organization, REACH for Community, is hosting their Arts and Healing Summit! Now more than ever, we need to HEAL — and the arts offer a vast, powerful toolbox for just that.

Can you imagine a world in which it’s normal to see doctors prescribe the arts for healing? A world in which our kids have access to the empowering, humanist interventions of the healing arts in their schools? Join REACH over the next two weeks for working group meetings that will help shape our Summit on November 7th. 💪❤️🙌

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Free Training: Arts Ed Advocacy Cycle. Join Create CA, Arts for LA, Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area and CA State PTA for an interactive virtual workshop that will help parent, student and community advocates understand and engage in how to ensure arts education is a part of annual school funding conversations.

Part I of our three part series focuses on the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and how to be an informed arts education advocate. Walk away with knowledge of how to read and understand your Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP) and the tools you need to let your school leaders know that the arts are not optional. Hear directly from a school board member and student representatives about promising practices to create change in your district.

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Equitable Nonprofit Workplace Survey.The Center for Nonprofit Management and Envision Consulting want your perspective and your insights! Help build a comprehensive report that can help move the needle toward fair and equitable pay. Help the nonprofit sector identify benefits that are meaningful to you. It takes just 8 minutes!

Your participation will help nonprofit leaders, board members and funders better understand the perspectives of nonprofit professionals – so that we can all take steps toward a sector that works for everyone! All responses are anonymous and will be aggregated to report on trends and themes.

Take the Survey >


Arts Education for All Act. On Oct. 15, 2021, the first-ever arts education bill was introduced to Congress. The Arts Education for All Act (H.R. 5581) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR).

This legislation is endorsed by Grantmakers in the Arts, National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), Americans for the Arts, the Arts Action Fund, and nearly 300 other organizations. Read the press release from Rep. Bonamici as well as a bill summary and the full text of the legislation.

The Arts Education for All Act, the broadest arts education policy bill ever introduced in Congress, includes key provisions that will support and encourage the offering of arts education and programming experiences to Americans including our youngest learners, K-12 students, and youth impacted by the juvenile justice system. Crucially, the bill also will include provisions that would allow for rigorous arts and arts education research to be carried out to further inform how elementary and secondary education in our country can be improved.Organizations can sign on to endorse this legislation using this form. Individuals can take action and ask their members of Congress to become cosponsors of the Arts Education for All Act.


and the generous support of Organizational and Individual Members like you.