Workshops, Scholarships + More
Workshops, Scholarships + More
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LA County Department of Arts and Culture
SMU | DataArts

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In December 2020, SMU DataArts streamlined the Cultural Data Profile (CDP) to make data entry easier for arts and cultural organizations. Join DataArts as they walk you through these recent changes and give a refresher on how to complete the CDP so that you can have everything you need in order to complete your OGP grant application. They will also share free tools to analyze your data and examples of recent research enabled by CDP data.

Introduction to the New Cultural Data Profile
Registration Link is the same for all three workshops.
You only need to attend one

Cultural Equity Workshops

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Prospective OGP applicants applying in Fall 2021 are encouraged to attend, particularly those that do not yet have formal cultural equity policies or plans, (as relates to staff, board, and/or programming) in place. Current OGP grantees who would like to update their cultural equity policies or plans are also welcome. Attendees should be individual(s) who have influence and ability to engage the organization’s staff and board in this work, and/or have a current role and responsibility related to the organization’s cultural equity work. Teams from organizations, including board members, are strongly encouraged to attend this virtual workshop.

Participants will be guided in reflecting on how their organizations’ missions and core values align with and support the goals of the Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative (CEII). All workshop participants will leave with a beginning draft statement, policy, and plan as well as strategies for communicating with their boards to allow for adoption in advance of the fall Organization Grant Program application deadline.

Healing-Centered Engagement

As our arts-based youth development work with the Arts Ed Collective continues to evolve, the idea of "healing-centered" approaches have emerged as central to reimagining and creating an LA County where all youth—and especially youth who have been historically precluded and excluded—engage in arts all year, every year. To learn more about the emerging field of Healing Centered Engagement, especially as it relates to arts based youth development, please download our zine Healing-Centered Engagement—Reflections and Insights from the Field.

A part of Los Angeles County's New Regional Blueprint for Arts Education, this research was commissioned by the Arts Ed Collective to explore the important ways arts-based Healing Centered Engagement can support and uplift youth voices as part of healthy growth and development. This zine is a summary of six months of intensive review of academic literature and interviews with research practitioners and youth, and serves as a guide to understanding key concepts and ideas that can advance arts-based healing practices across the region.
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Delete the Divide

The Covid-19 pandemic illuminated the severity of the digital divide within Los Angeles County. Due to physical distancing requirements, constituents experienced a greater dependency on technology to perform daily and routine activities. The sudden and large-scale transition to a virtual environment brought in clear view the vast disparities in access to information and communication technologies within underserved communities.

Delete the Divide is an initiative of the County connecting youth and small businesses to free or low-cost digital services. Learn more, look up addresses and sign-up to find out if your organization qualifies!
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Alternatives to Incarceration: Incubation Academy

Does your organization serve justice-involved people? LA County has a new incubation academy for training in fiscal management, contract compliance, court/program reporting & more.
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The Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) Office was created by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to lead justice reform efforts. Policies and programs developed offer a roadmap for diverting people away from the criminal justice system and into systems of care designed to provide treatment and services rather than incarceration. An array of criminal justice prevention, diversion, treatment and reentry services and programs are being developed, expanded and implemented Countywide. ATI is also very interested in engaging with local community-based organizations performing these services that have faced challenges obtaining governmental contracts.

The Actors Fund, for everyone in intertainment

The Actors Fund offers a broad spectrum of online and phone programs to support the unique, essential needs of all who work in entertainment and the performing arts. Learn more and register for free workshops and services pertaining to The Career Center, Financial Wellness, Health & Health Insurance, Housing, and Social Services.
BENEFITS: We now offer 100% scholarships (up to $600) to cover registration costs for professional development opportunities such as conferences or workshops for Organizational Grant Program (OGP) and Arts Internship Program (AIP) grantees and the arts programming and administration staff of Community Impact Arts Grant (CIAG) grantee organizations. Your organization must be a current grantee in good standing in order to participate in the scholarship program.

ELIGIBILTY: Visit the Professional Development page for full details on all eligibility and participation requirements, some of which are summarized here.
  • Participating staff must meet the eligibility requirements defined by organizational budget size.
  • Benefits include up to 5 classes at CNM or TNP per organization, and 5 scholarships (of up to $600) per organization every grant year. Please refer to your grant programs Exhibit B for a review of your current grant cycle timeline using the following links: OGP, AIP and CIAG.
  • As a reminder, municipal grantees are not eligible to enroll in nonprofit trainings.

Western Arts Alliance Annual Conference | Portland
Announcing the 2021 Western Arts Alliance Annual Conference!

Portland, OR + Anywhere | AUG 30 - Sep 2

To Our WAA Community:
We are excited to welcome in-person attendees to the City of Roses for the first WAA Conference in Portland since 1996. The dates and the hybrid format remain the same. WAA is committed to a conference that is accessible, inspiring, productive, and safe—whether you join us in-person or online.

Apply for a scholarship to attend WAA by Friday, August 13 | 5PM.
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SMU DataArts | Events
Webinars + Resources

In spring of 2021, the Department of Arts and Culture partnered with SMU DataArts to empower arts and cultural leaders with high-quality data and evidence-based resources and insights to help organizations overcome challenges and increase impact. If you were unable to attend, recordings of all sessions as well as resources that were shared are available for viewing.
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This partnership seeks to support SMU DataArts vision to build a national culture of data-driven decision making for those who want to see the arts and culture sector thrive, and make data useful and accessible to all in the arts and culture field, illuminating strengths, challenges and opportunities for individual arts organizations and for the sector as a whole, to help ensure long-term stability.

Here are some additional training opportunities that you can participate in on your own.
Navigating Uncertain Times: A Scenario Planning Toolkit for the Arts and Culture Sector
The Wallace Foundation commissioned this from AEA Consulting.
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DataArts Data Literacy Courses
These interactive courses can be completed at their own pace, kind of like a MOOC. Each offers a certificate of completion. They’re free to anyone; just create a free account. Four courses in total, covering audience data, data for decision-making, financial data, and advocacy.
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Tips and Tools for CDP Users
Short videos showcasing how different arts nonprofits around the country have used data to strengthen their work.
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Case Studies From DataArts
These interactive courses can be completed at their own pace, kind of like a MOOC. Each offers a certificate of completion. They’re free to anyone; just create a free account. Four courses in total, covering audience data, data for decision-making, financial data, and advocacy.
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Los Angeles Culture Net

Subscription Reminder: An organizational representative should be subscribed to LA Culture Net (LACN) to receive PD and other announcements from the field that are not included in our Newsletter.

In order to spare your inbox, moving forward we will post opportunities for professional development conferences and trainings as well as external funding opportunities on LA Culture Net.

To sign up:
  1. Visit LA Culture Net list serve webpage:
  2. Sign up for an account.
  3. Once you receive a confirmation email for your account from, you’re set to subscribe to the laculturenet group.
  4. Note: It may take a few days to approve your subscription to the group.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email.
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Reopening Arts and culture Safely

Review protocols from the Department of Public Health (DPH) and additional resources about vaccines, travel and other important information on our Reopening Arts and Culture Safely page.

We also encourage you to visit our COVID-19 Resource page for current and new funding opportunities and resources specifically supporting artists and arts organizations.
Questions about Professional Development?
Contact grants staff at
LA County Department of Arts and Culture
1055 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90017
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