Sep 18, 2019

Arts for LA exists to connect you as individuals and organizations around key issues that contribute to the creative vibrancy of Los Angeles. Learn more about our upcoming events and growth!

Hello Arts for LA Family,

First and foremost, Happy National Arts in Education Week Los Angeles!

Arts for LA exists to connect you as individuals and organizations around key issues that contribute to the creative vibrancy of Los Angeles.

In this spirit, we invite you to two upcoming events to connect with one another: in less than 8 days we will host a Pop Up Art Show 2019 on September 21st at Art Share LA.  On November 1st, we will host our inaugural State of the Arts Summit, scroll down to learn more. Arts for LA organizational members receive free tickets to the State of the Arts Summit. If your organization has not done so already, become an organizational member today!

We are also pleased to introduce our new team member, Cordelia Istel. Cordelia will serve as our community’s Director of Organizing. Learn more about her below.

Lastly, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs is hosting their Public Art Triennial CURRENT:LA, with this year’s focus on food. You don’t want to miss it. More information below!


Gustavo Herrera
Executive Director, Arts for LA


What: 3rd Annual Pop Up Art ShowWhen: September 21 6pm-10pm (5pm with VIP Admission)

Where: Art Share LA 801 E 4th Place, Los Angeles
An extraordinary multi-discipline venue in the heart of LA’s Arts District

How: $10 General Admission Tickets
$100 Early Admission VIP Tickets
All ticket proceeds go directly to Arts for LA

Why: A chance to own exclusive and one-of-a-kind art by some of LA’s most imaginative artists -AND- support Arts for LA.

18 LA-based artists who spend their days designing and inventing the worlds we all have grown to love – Disneyland, Disneyworld, Universal Studios, Warner Brothers – are sharing and selling their personal art.

This is your chance to own sculpture, photography, paintings, sketches and more from some of the world’s most creative minds! In previous years, more than 70% of these unique pieces were sold, and this year, there are over 120 works you can make your own. Each artist is donating at least one piece, and the proceeds of the sale of those pieces comes back to Arts for LA.

For the best chance to bring your favorite piece home, join the VIP Experience. You’ll have an exclusive first look at the art work for sale (from 5pm-6pm), along with free parking, drinks, food, and the musical stylings of LA’s latest rising star: Eva B. Ross, whose first album will be released on October 25th!

So, stop by Art Share LA on September 21st to meet great people, find your next favorite artist, and help Arts for LA keep fighting to make LA a better place for all.


How do I play a part in shaping Arts for LA’s public policy agenda for 2020?

Join Arts for LA at the Los Angeles Theater Center on November 1st and be among the first of a growing community working to reimagine solutions to the field’s most pressing issues.

Come and enjoy great conversation, be a part of thinking through solutions, and discover how your voice can shape a proactive collective agenda for the arts in Los Angeles. Organizational members receive free tickets to this event, become a member today!

Click the image below if you are interested in attending this event and would like to receive more information.


Arts for LA is your only cross-discipline, cross-sector advocacy organization with a mission to give the arts a voice at the decision making tables of Los Angeles. When you become a member of Arts for LA, you are joining a movement of artists, arts administrators, arts organizations, and arts advocates united in support of the same goal: ensuring the arts and culture in Los Angeles County continue to thrive.

Our members are vested partners in shaping what we advocate for in the arts. Arts for LA is an agent for change. Become a member today and be a part of that change.


Arts for LA is pleased to introduce our newest team member, Cordelia Istel! Joining us as our Director of Organizing, Cordelia is an organizer, educator, and administrator with over a decade of experience working at the intersection of cultural programming and social justice.

Before joining the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) as an External Organizer, she served as Director of Programs for White Bird Productions, Manager of the New York Metropolitan Opera’s Education Department, and helped create the United States Department of Arts & Culture – a national network of activists using arts-based strategies to address urgent issues facing their communities.

Cordelia is a graduate of Yale University (degrees in Political Science and Theater Studies) as well as the California Institute of the Arts (School of Theater). She is thrilled to join the Arts for LA team, and will start on September 30.

Department of Cultural Affairs CURRENT:LA Food

LA’s Public Art Triennial

CURRENT:LA democratizes the way people access art. The initiative shifts away from the museum environment and places temporary public art projects and public programs in the neighborhoods of Los Angeles where residents and visitors live, work, and play. CURRENT:LA uses contemporary art as a way to deepen connections on issues affecting Los Angeles and other global cities to inspire civic discourse on those particular issues. Artists and public programmers will highlight the advances – as well as the challenges – we face as producers and consumers throughout 15 LA sites ranging from the San Fernando Valley to Watts.

CURRENT:LA is funded by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

For updates about CURRENT:LA FOOD, follow CURRENT:LA on Facebook, Instagram @current_la, and Twitter @current_la.