Information for school board candidates



Congratulations on your decision to seek election for your local school board!

We appreciate that your work as a civic leader will have a significant impact on the lives of residents and your city for years to come.

Arts for LA activates artists and organizations, and leads communities to advocate for an equitable, healthy and creative Los Angeles region. This November 2018, Arts Advocates are ready to activate their #ArtsVote Power!

Our Arts Advocates represent influential groups of arts professionals, educators, parents, and students who are very interested in having you start and/or continue to champion a dialogue on Arts Education in your school district and the role and impact of arts and culture in your community as well as across the greater Los Angeles region.

Given that 96% of arts supporters are also active voters, we encourage you to develop and arts and cultural platform and determine what your vision for the arts and arts education in your school district looks like.



Arts education plays a key role in producing citizens that are creative, intelligent, and civically engaged.

While many private schools do include the arts in curriculum, studies confirm that students in high poverty areas have less access to the arts in school than their peers.³ For all LA County students to benefit from arts learning and gain access to jobs in the creative economy, arts instruction must be provided as a core component of public education.

Quality arts education enables students to be successful not only in their academic careers, but also later in life. The benefits of a quality, arts-based education include lower dropout rates for students from low-income neighborhoods, higher levels of college acceptance, and increased political and community engagement after graduation. Arts-based teaching strategies are also particularly effective with English language learners.¹

Students with strong arts education are also better prepared for careers in the creative economy.

The creative industries make a significant contribution to employment and economic growth in the Los Angeles region. They also foster innovation and encourage spillover effects that create opportunities for other industries. The region’s creative industries help move the economy forward by attracting investment, tourism, consumer spending, and by generating tax revenues. In our postindustrial society, activities based on creativity and culture is an essential component of a robust economy.2

In Los Angeles County alone:

  • ONE out of SEVEN jobs is generated by/ linked to the creative industries
  • Creative industries generate 792,600 JOBS and $59.6 BILLION in labor income
  • 457,600 WORKERS are employed directly in creative occupations
  • Out of 76 creative occupations, 69 pay a median annual wage greater than the countywide median ($38,224)2

As a local leader, you can be an agent for local change.


  • What will you do to ensure that every child has access to a complete education that includes the arts? 
  • What role do you think creativity can play in supporting key priorities of the district, such as reducing the drop out rate, closing the achievement gap, and preparing more students for college eligibility and/or meaningful careers? 
  • In light of the new funding structure for school districts in the state (i.e. the Local Control Funding Formula), how do you see arts education aligning with the eight priority areas



  1. Doing Well and Doing Good by Doing Art. James S. Catterall. Imagination Group/I-Group Books, 2009.
  2. 2018 Otis Report on the Creative Economy. Otis College of Art and Design, 2018.
  3. Arts for All School Arts Survey: Measuring Quality, Access and Equity in Arts Education. Waldorf, Lynn and Atwill, Kim. Arts for All, 2011

CHECK TO SEE if your school district is part of the LA County Arts Commission's Arts Ed Collective.

More information about the benefits of Arts Education can be found HERE.

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