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Los Angeles County Arts Commission

Los Angeles County Arts Commission

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County, encompassing 88 municipalities and 137 unincorporated areas, and provides leadership in cultural services. The Arts Commission funds 364 nonprofit arts organizations through a two-year $9 million grant program, runs the largest arts internship program in the country, coordinates the LA County Arts Education Collective, manages the County’s civic art policy, and produces free community programs.

 

 

 

 

LA County Board of Supervisors pushes arts diversity initiative forward

 

Priska Neely reports on the April 4, 2017 board meeting where LA County supervisors voted unanimously to advance a proposal, brought forward by supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl, that the Arts Commission prepared over 18 months. The proposal included 13 recommendations to increase diversity in key areas, notably staffing and audience, of arts organizations.

 

In November 2015, the LA County Board of Supervisors signed a motion that tasked the Arts Commission with figuring out how to make the County's arts and cultural institutions more diverse. A task force of over 30 arts leaders developed a 13 actionable strategies--taking into consideration data from a survey conducted across local arts organizations and input from 650 community members who attended town hall meetings organized by the Arts Commission around the issues of cultural inclusion and equity in the arts--that were incorporated into a report presented to the supervisors.

 

"Given that Los Angeles is arguably the most diverse County
in the country, as well as the creative capital of the nation,
the Los Angeles County Arts Commission should play a
leadership role in implementing model programs and leading
discussions about how to ensure that arts organizations
appropriately reflect the diversity of our communities...”
—Resolution by Supervisors Hilda L. Solis and Mark Ridley Thomas
November 10, 2015

 

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