Sep 25, 2020

Thank you to the hundreds of arts advocates who turned out to our four Community Strategy Sessions! Yesterday’s conversation on Equitable Arts Funding concluded our series of community listening sessions, each of which brought the challenges and opportunities facing our sector into clearer focus. Over 275 of you participated in this process, making your voices heard and helping Arts for LA envision a more equitable healthy and creative Los Angeles region.

OUR WORK CONTINUES! Join us for our State of the Arts Summit on October 16 to help drive our agenda forward. This virtual, conference-style event is an opportunity to hear report-backs from each of the Community Strategy Sessions, get the latest updates on affordable space, arts education, creative jobs, and funding, get a sneak preview at the 2020 Laura Zucker Report, and so much more. Click here to purchase your tickets,and read on for more information.

Our advocacy is made possible by our network of outstanding, cross-sector member organizations. If your organization is not yet a member of Arts for LA, click here and join today. Organizational members receive one free ticket to the State of the Arts Summit.


Gustavo Herrera
Executive Director


Arts for LA’s State of the Arts Summit 2020 is coming October 16th!

Join us from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM and have a unique opportunity to:

Hear field updates from cross-sector leaders,
Network with arts + culture practitioners from across the region,
Think together about where our field is headed in the coming year,
Watch performances from inspiring LA-based Artivists!
Along with a slate of incredible speakers, panelists, and artists, we will report back on key findings from the Community Strategy Sessions, and the potential strategies we’ve identified with our Policy Working Groups.

Our 2020 Laura Zucker Fellow Nahal Jalali, will share a preview of her report researching the question:

How can we generate support for, and create new opportunities to employ artists as innovators within local government, beyond traditionally “cultural” departments and agencies?

Don’t miss this day of essential conversations, inspiring performances, and networking opportunities.

Member organizations receive one complimentary ticket to the State of the Arts Summit.

Email us at to verify your membership and receive your complimentary ticket link! If your organization is not currently a member, click here to join today.


The LA County COVID-19 Arts Relief Fund is administered by the LA County Department of Arts and Culture, and the purpose of this funding is to provide economic relief to arts nonprofits suffering from business interruptions due to COVID-19-related closures from March 1 – December 30, 2020.

Eligible organizations are current grantees of Los Angeles County and/or one of the seven municipal arts funders in the County of Los Angeles. Los Angeles County has allocated $10,000,000 in CARES Act funding to the Arts Relief Fund. Grant awards will be based on eligibility and demonstrated need. Awards will range based on the number of applications received, organizational budget size, and demonstrated losses and expenditures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All applications must be submitted online by September 27, 2020 | 11:59PM

The California Alliance for Arts Education

Creative Action Planning: Mapping a Response in Light of Current Challenges

In a changing world, educational leaders are facing a new reality that may include distance learning, budget challenges and dramatic shifts in expectations. Join Peggy Burt and Kimberleigh Aarn in this interactive two-day session that will introduce highly effective ways of collaborating to address trends and engage in meaningful dialogue that leads to concrete actions and priorities.

Student Role in Participation and Advocacy

Led by ACLU’s Arts Fellow, GenUp, and poet and activist from RYSE, this webinar will provide attendees tools and strategies to involve and collaborate with students.


In the wake of a global crisis, where arts and culture are key to unifying communities and coping with a new reality, Arts for LA is your only cross-discipline, cross-sector advocacy organization working to give the arts a voice during crucial decision making moments.

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 are supported, especially in times of crisis.

Become a Member Today!