Relay: Be Present. Be Counted. Be Heard.





January is when the rubber meets the road, when we are focused on building new relationships, securing alliances, determining legislative and budget priorities, and expanding our coalition. This period of political transition is the perfect time to meet with newly elected officials, while also encouraging new voices to consider running in upcoming races.

The best way for legislators to advocate on our behalf is for them to have personal experiences to draw upon for committee meetings, budget decisions, and votes they cast. As Arts for LA focuses on building connections, I encourage you to think about what you are doing right now that you can invite your representatives to attend.

Here are just some of the ways we are engaging this legislative season:

ArtsVote - For the February and March elections, Arts for LA will be surveying candidates for Los Angeles City Council (8 districts), LAUSD (3 districts), and Mayor, as well as candidates in 26 other cities, including Burbank, Pasadena, Glendale, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, and others. 

Legislative Visits (February and March) -  I will be meeting with our elected officials in Washington, DC, with the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) as well as serving as Captain of the California Delegation for Americans for the Arts Advocacy Days (March 20-21). 

ArtsWeek (April 3 - 7) - We are planning to expand ArtsWeek to be in five cities across Los Angeles County including the City of Los Angeles, reintroduce delegate visits, and continue our work with LA County Board of Supervisors. 

ACTIVATE Culmination (May 25) - This ceremony celebrates the local advocacy of the 2016-17 ACTIVATE Fellows who are designing and implementing projects that impact 16 school districts and 18 cities. 

Thanks to our Contributing Members (listed below) we succeeded in raising over $30,000 in our end-of-year campaign to make much of this work possible. Thank you for your investment in our work. 

Of course, this work requires more than funding - it requires people to take action, to contact candidates, to show up before elected officials, and to be civically engaged. We have a simple and direct message for those who want to talk action this spring:

Be Present. Be Counted. Be Heard. 

My best, 

Sofia Klatzker
Executive Director

The Economics of Placemaking: Preserving Creative Spaces in LA

On Thursday, January 26, join Arts for LA for a discussion with Maria Rosario Jackson, a renowned expert in the field of arts and culture from the University of Southern California, to examine the intersection of the arts and community development in creating economic opportunity and vitality in local communities.

The program will highlight examples of how to transform prosperity and equity in a forward thinking economy – generating social and financial returns for both investors and the residents we serve. This event is sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, Arts For LA, NeighborWorks America, and the OC Children's Therapeutic Arts Center. 

There is no cost to attend, but advanced registration is required


Thu, Jan 26, 2017, 11:45 AM – 3:15 AM PST


Federal Reserve Bank of Los Angeles
950 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015

SAVE THE DATE: ArtsWeek, April 3 - 7, 2017

A4LA_ArtsWeek.pngThis year, Arts for LA is expanding ArtsWeek to additional cities in Los Angeles County, where ACTIVATE Fellows are active. Arts for LA will provide training and support for the events. If you are interested in volunteering for ArtsWeek in the City of Los Angeles or other municipalities, please fill out this form or email us at [email protected] 

SAVE THE DATE: Roman Mars and Hrishikesh Hirway Host a Night of Los Angeles Stories

On Friday, April 14, two of today's most innovative and fascinating podcast hosts are joining forces to benefit Arts for LA. 

Fast Company named Roman Mars as one of the 100 Most Creative People in 2013, he was a TED main stage speaker in 2015, he produced the most successful crowd funding campaigns for a podcast in Kickstarter history, and he continues to captivate listeners everywhere as the creator and host of 99% Invisible. He is also a founding member of the podcast collective, Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. 

Joining him will be Hrishikesh Hirway of the “Song Exploder” podcast, which is produced and edited in Los Angeles. Using the isolated, individual tracks from a recording, Hrishikesh asks artists to delve into the specific decisions that went into creating their work. Hrishikesh edits the interviews, removing his side of the conversation and condensing the story to be tightly focused on how the artists brought their songs to life. Past guests include Björk, U2, Iggy Pop, and Carly Rae Jepsen, among many others. In 2016 the Sydney Opera House hosted Song Exploder as an artist-in-residence. The show has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW.

Tickets go on sale February 1. For sponsorship opportunities, please send an email to [email protected]

Thank You for Helping Arts for LA Reaches its Goal of $30,000 


Many thanks to our new and renewing Contributing Members whose dues make our ArtsVote work possible. Their impact was doubled by a match from the Herb Alpert Foundation and Arts for LA's own board of directors. 

Tara Aesquivel / Betty Avila / Ginny Ball / Jeff Beall / Leni Boorstin / Alina Borja / Tony Clark / Jessica Cusick / Amanda Daflos / Tim Dang / Rosemary Danon / Vincent De Ghoulie / Jeffrey Dreiblatt & William Walker / Carl Eric and Tanya Benzinger / Carol Eliel / Ruth Eliel / Ines Familiar / Ronnie Finn / Charles Flowers / Evonne Gallardo / Barbara Glazer / Fred Goldstein / Edgar Hirst / Jeanne Hoel / Evelyn Horigan / D.W. Jacobs  / Charles Jensen / Marisa Johnston / Jona Jones / Zina Josephs / Carissa Kim / Iku Kiriyama / Steve & Katherine Klatzker / Regina Klein / Marla Koosed / Donald LaPlante / Shana Lutker / Malibu Arts Foundation / Shana Mathur / Nick Matonak / Ebony McConico-Garcia / Terence McFarland / Dr. Michael Millar / Elena Muslar / Stephanie O'Connor / Cristina Pacheco / Allegra Padilla / Debra J.T. Padilla / Michael Peretzian / Bruce Pottash / PRISM, Inc. / Courtney Robertson / Ann Rowland / Marianne Sffredo / Kaile Shilling / Bob Smiland / Donna Sternberg / Kristen Strayhorn / Laurie Sugita / Mark Valdez / Georgia Van Cuylenburg & Arts Bridging the Gap / Floyd Vasquez / Suzanne Weerts / Jan Williamson / Terry Wolverton