Sep 23, 2021


Happy Hispanic and Latinx Heritage month arts advocates!

Arts for LA’s 2021 State of the Arts Summit is just around the corner. Don’t miss this day of learning, networking, and collective action. Buy your tickets today!

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Over the past two months, Arts for LA has been leading our annual Community Strategy Sessions – thank you to all who were able to attend! If you were not able to join, you can still share your voice: complete this 5-minute survey and share what you think Arts for LA should focus on in 2022.

We continue to advocate for a more equitable and representative creative workforce. With support from 110+ organizations and 500+ individuals, CA State Senate Bill 628 (Allen), co-sponsored by California Arts Advocates and Arts for LA, is waiting to be signed into law by Governor Newsom. We are also closely watching SB 805 (Rubio), which is also awaiting signature from the Governor.

Locally, the LA County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 to adopt the Public Art in Private Development (PAPD) ordinance, which ensures all communities throughout unincorporated LA County regions have equitable access to arts and culture.

On October 6, Arts for LA will host a free Online Facilitation and Convening Design Workshop, with Michael Kass. Read on for more information and how to register.

Lastly, Arts for LA is growing! We are hiring for a Programs Intern, through the LA County Department of Arts and Culture Arts Internship Program. Read on for more information and to learn how to apply.


Gustavo Herrera
Chief Executive Officer



We are thrilled to invite you to our 2021 State of the Arts Summit! Tickets are on sale now, click the button below to purchase yours today! This year, our virtual convening is focused on Solidarity for Sustainability.

The past 18 months have made it clear that a return to a pre-pandemic status quo is not an option. This convening brings together cross-sector visionaries experimenting with new models and structures that center equity, sustainability, and prioritize the arts and culture sector’s most valuable resource – its people.

Our conference-style digital convening will provide attendees with the opportunity to network, engage with cross-sector leaders, hear an update from our 2021 Laura Zucker Research Fellow, and review the takeaways from all four Community Strategy Sessions.


Organizational members of Arts for LA receive one free admission to the 2021 State of the Arts Summit. Click here to renew your organization’s membership, and email to receive your complimentary admission.

The 2021 Arts for LA State of the Arts Summit is sponsored by:
Bank of America, the LA City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Hollywood Chamber Foundation, Claremont Graduate University’s Center for Business and Management of the Arts, Mycotoo, Innovative Housing Opportunities, and Agora Realty.


2021 Community Strategy Sessions: In Case you Missed It

As part of our State of the Arts Summit, and as part of the process for building our 2022 annual policy and advocacy agenda, we hosted four (4) Community Strategy Sessions between August and September. These sessions enable us to listen to our community and identify the key issues and challenges facing the sector. Thank you to the 300+ who were able to join us for these sessions!

If you weren’t able to attend, you can still share your experiences! Click the button below to fill out our policy survey and contribute to our 2022 policy and advocacy agenda.

Community Strategy Sessions Policy Survey >

Professional Development Opportunity

Join us for our free Online Facilitation and Convening Design Workshop on Wednesday, October 6! This interactive and dynamic 90-minute session will help participants design and facilitate more impactful, grounded, and connected online conversations and workshops. Over the course of the workshop, we will explore a toolkit, skills, and strategies to help navigate online convenings in an ever-changing world as well as have the opportunity to share peer knowledge and experience.

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By the end of the workshop, all participants will have:

An understanding of the ‘Purpose First Convening’ framework, a powerful tool to help hone in on the most powerful objectives and design for a gathering or group;
Explored key facilitation skills and techniques that can make the difference between a powerful, connected event and a chaotic mess.
Learned how to craft group agreements that foster a sense of inclusion and safety;
And so much more.
The overarching goals of the workshop is to help participants expand and deepen their knowledge of online facilitation, introduce new tools, and help them cultivate a greater sense of comfort, presence, and confidence when designing and facilitating online gatherings.

We hope to see you on October 6!

This opportunity is funded by the CAL-Now Network, made possible
through the support of the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and Center for Cultural Innovation.


Internship Opportunity

Arts for LA is growing! We are hiring for a temporary Program Intern. This position, funded through the LA County Department of Arts and Culture Arts Internship Program, is suited for a creative thinker interested in impacting Los Angeles County’s creative sector – standardizing the way career opportunities are shared with those interested.

Arts for LA provides students with a unique perspective on LA County’s arts and culture field, looking at the industry as a whole and thinking through ways to benefit the numerous artists and arts organizations.

This position will work approximately 25 hours per week from November 2021 to February 2022, both remote and in-person. Click the button below to learn more and apply.

Learn More & Apply >


and the generous support of Organizational and Individual Members like you.