Arts for LA's programs include: civic engagement and arts education advocacy trainings, convenings for the arts and cultural sector, direct education efforts with policymakers, and in-person and online networking activities. To connect arts and culture stakeholders spread throughout the vast region, Arts for LA implemented a groundbreaking web-based advocacy and communication platform that links 45,000+ subscribers in Los Angeles' 88 municipalities and 81 school districts. Arts for LA's robust website, ArtsforLA.org is a destination for arts and arts education advocacy, information and action for Los Angeles County residents.
Arts for LA works to increase public and private investment in arts, culture, and arts education to a level commensurate to the region's geography, demographics, and economic capacity because the arts foster civic engagement, stimulate economic activity, and increase cultural empathy, and thus play a crucial role in sustaining thriving communities (A Decade of Arts Engagement, NEA). Every resident deserves access to a variety of cultural and creative experiences, from neighborhood cultural centers to major arts institutions. Arts and cultural education is central to the development of all children and to ongoing and creative engagement for people of all ages (The Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education, The Wallace Foundation).
The breadth, depth, and diversity of its artistic and cultural life are a critical measure of the vitality of Los Angeles.
ACTIVATE Arts Advocacy Leadership Program is a free advocacy training and leadership development with real-world application.
ArtsDay Los Angeles has pioneered dialogue between arts advocates and city council representatives with the goal of advancing access to the arts throughout Los Angeles.
The Laura Zucker Fellowship for Policy and Research, the first ever fellowship for individuals to effect change at the regional level focused on arts and cultural policy development/reform/implementation in Los Angeles County and the accompanying research necessary to inform such policies.
2021 Policy & Advocacy Agenda:
A Just Recovery for the LA Region's Creative Sector
Creative communities across the LA region are hurting. The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the sector, underscoring the long-standing racial and economic inequities inherent in our cultural infrastructure.
Arts for LA recognizes this disruptive moment as an opportunity to re-envision and rebuild a regional cultural infrastructure that unapologetically centers racial and economic equity, increases community control over capital, and prioritizes the wellbeing of our sector’s most vital resource - its people.
As so many members of the creative sector struggle to survive, we must RESPOND to the immediate needs of our community and work diligently to get the region’s most vulnerable arts workers + organizations the resources they need to RECOVER. Even as this work continues, we must begin to REBUILD a more just future, refusing to revert to the pre-pandemic status quo.
Past Policy Agendas
Arts for LA developed a Policy Framework as a tool to build awareness, increase empowerment and enable quick action as issues arise.
Three major issue areas guide Arts for LA’s collective advocacy by providing a policy framework for campaigns and strategic activities: Civic Engagement, Cultural/Creative Economy, and Education. Arts for LA’s overarching objectives are to retain cultural infrastructure in LA County at its existing levels and to engage an ever-increasing number of people in this effort.
Additional regional objectives are developed in conjunction with community members and are aligned with Arts for LA’s vision and mission. These teams provide tactical support to achieve these objectives at the local level.
The State of the Arts Summit is an annual convening of the LA Region's arts and culture sector. Join us this Fall to learn about our policy priorities and contribute to our process.