Something's Happening Here: Public/Private Partnerships




Something’s happening here! Our vast region of 88 cities, 81 school districts and approximately 140 (that’s right, 140!) unincorporated areas is transforming once again.



I've been thinking...

Danielle Brazell, Executive Director of Arts for LAI’ve been thinking….

About why I do what I do. It could feel like a never-ending battle to increase support for the arts in Los Angeles, especially during tough budget cycles.

Looking Back... And Forward

Arts for LA Staff: Camille Schenkkan, Tara Stafford, Danielle BrazellIt's hard to believe it was just four years ago that I was working in the basement of Grand Performances, plugging in the phone lines, building our first website and membership campaign.

700 Letters in 30 Days

At the dawn of a new decade those of us who are working in arts and culture find ourselves in an interesting moment.  

The state fiscal crisis continues to impact cities and school districts throughout our region.  While our individual goals may be to maintain our own organizations' solvency, our collective goal must be to retain the critical infrastructure that has been built over the past ten years, especially in arts education.

Advocacy in Tough Times

Building strong support for the arts and arts education is what you do every day.  Yet resources continue to dwindle, as the state economic forecast affirms that fiscal recovery is slow for California.  This means that counties, cities and school districts will continue to grapple with insurmountable budget deficits, short falls and cuts to essential city services.

Action Center in Beta Testing

Danielle BrazellOver the past several months, Arts for LA has been building an online advocacy action center that will serve as the critical infrastructure that our sector needs to effectively connect stakeholders with local policy makers. I'm pleased to report that the project is now in beta testing and we anticipate a full launch in the next few weeks.

Advocacy Day Recap!

Arts Advocacy DayOnce again, Americans for the Arts' Advocacy Day was a resounding success. Advocates from across the country made the trip to our nation's capital to visit with our federal legislators and advocate for arts and arts education legislation. The two-day whirlwind included an inspiring Nancy Hanks lecture with jazz great Winston Marsalis and the Congressional Arts Breakfast, which featured remarks by key legislators as well as artists Linda Ronstadt and Josh Grobin.