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Healing Through Story by Anu Yadav

"Healing Through Story: A Toolkit on Grassroots Approaches" by Anu Yadav
LA County Creative Strategist Anu Yadav Releases 'Healing Through Story'

Healing Through Story: A Toolkit on Grassroots Approaches is a resource developed with and for the Department of Mental Health by artist and LA County Department of Arts and Culture Creative Strategist Anu Yadav. The toolkit focuses on the power of story as an arts-based healing process that promotes wellbeing and connection. It highlights community-building methods for listening and facilitation and includes interviews with community groups on how we heal.
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Creative Strategist Program
Creative Strategist Program
Students create as part of anengagement activity facilitated by Creative Strategist Deborah Aschheim.
The Creative Strategist program places artists in residence in County departments to develop artist-driven solutions to complex civic issues.

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Artists As Essential Workers with and Within Local Government
Poet Krysten Hill reading during Jennifer De Leon's Write-In. Photo courtesy of City of Boston.
Anu Yadav's toolkit is featured in "Artists as Essential Workers with and within Local Government: Models & 3 New Resources for a Creative Way Forward" on ArtsBlog.
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Short Stories by Willie Middlebrook

"Short Stories" by Willie Middlebrook at Florence-Firestone Service Center
Statements on Racial Injustice

"We envision a region where arts, culture, and creativity are integral to civic life and are committed to ensuring all our diverse people and communities have access to the many benefits of the arts. Our work is framed by the guiding principles of the LA County Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative. Yet we know the full cultural equity and inclusion we envision cannot be achieved without racial equity.

We stand with our Black community and stand against racial injustice. Black art matters, black dance matters, black thought matters, black love matters, black money matters, black grief matters, black joy matters, black lives matter."

—Kristin Sakoda, Director, LA County Department of Arts and Culture
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"When I think about black lives matter, what comes to mind are centuries of the dehumanization of persons of African descent that justified slavery, disenfranchisement, and even murder. Although we have come a long way, as recent events demonstrate, we still have more to do. My hope is that we can come together to demand justice for George Floyd and others treated similarly. Let's unite against racism, intolerance, and persecution."

— Eric Hanks, President, Los Angeles County Arts Commission
     Commissioner, Second District
Anti-Racism Resources
As we continue to do this work, we invite you to explore anti-racism resources—we have included a few below—and to support the organizations, movements, and conversations that speak to you.
Californians For the Arts
Californians For the Arts
A list of anti-racism resources curated by Californians for the Arts. These resources include recommended reading, information about upcoming events, and places to donate.

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The People's Institute…
The Peope's Institute for Suvival and Beyond
Undoing Racism® is a three-day workshop offered by the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond that focuses on understanding what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone.
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Talking About Race from NMAAHC
Talking About Race
From the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC): "Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. We are here to provide tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation."
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Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources
Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources
A working Google doc for scaffolding anti-racism resources. All resources have been sourced from other Google docs, or articles—the creators have simply reordered them for accessibility.
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Arts and Culture Digital Backgrounds

"Mystical Forest" By Christine Nguyen at the Sheila Kuehl Family Wellness Center.
LA County Civic Artworks Now Available For Video Conference Backgrounds

The LA County Civic Art Collection belongs to all residents and is comprised of historic and contemporary civic artworks by a diverse range of artists, with work located on County properties all across the region. The Collection is made up of artworks commissioned, donated, and purchased since the Civic Art Policy was adopted, as well as historic artworks created prior to the establishment of the Department of Arts and Culture. For the first time ever, we have made a selection of these artworks available to download as either desktop wallpapers or video conference backgrounds (for programs such as Skype and Zoom).
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Palabras y Pan
Virtual Event for Parents: 'Palabras Y Pan'

"Palabras y Pan" is a weekly Saturday morning discussion and safe space for parents to dialogue and practice storytelling through creative writing.

It is part of "Creative Wellbeing: Arts, Schools, and Resilience", which is a project co-designed by the LA County Department of Mental Health, the LA County Department of Arts and Culture, the LA County Office of Child Protection, and the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN).

These virtual workshops on healing-informed art practices by AIYN members is a way to build connection and foster community care among parents, especially during these stressful times.
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Arts and Culture Digital Backgrounds
Coffee Conversations With Greg J: Arts and Culture in a Changing World

On June 2, Director Kristin Sakoda joined Charmaine Jefferson (Kélan Resources, City of LA's Cultural Advisory Commission, and County of Los Angeles' Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative Advisory Council) and George Davis, Director of the California African American Museum, on Coffee Conversations with Greg J. The conversation touched on such important topics as preserving black art, history, and culture to the importance of the arts as we reimagine our way forward post-COVID to avoiding the same structural inequities as we rebuild and recover.
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CARES Act Arts Funding Tracker
Have You Secured CARES Act Relief Funds? Share Your Story

Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund have launched a CARES Act Arts Funding Tracker to measure the arts sector's success in securing critical financial relief. They are "collecting this information both from arts and cultural organizations/businesses as well as from self-employed arts workers and independent arts contractors, and will use this information to quickly inform Congress and other decision-makers about how the CARES Act has impacted the arts and culture sector, as well as to help address future needs. This is also the place for individuals to tell their story about how the arts are being engaged in their community's COVID-19 response or recovery efforts."
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LA County's Roadmap to Recovery
Roadmap to Recovery for the Arts

As part of the LA County Roadmap to Recovery, the Department of Public Health has issued a Health Order with new protocols for Outdoor Museums, Open Air Galleries, Botanical Gardens, and other Outdoor Exhibition Spaces. As the County prepares to move to Phase 3, more protocols for Indoor Museums and Entertainment Production are expected soon.

Our staff are working closely to support the Department of Public Health as they develop the protocols for the arts and culture sector. We will continue to keep you apprised as new guidance is released. For additional information please visit: covid19.lacounty.gov/recovery-arts-culture/
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At a Glance

  • May: LA County highlighted Art Share LA's collaboration with 10 local artists to cover boarded up businesses with street art. Watch Now
Resources For Artists and Arts Administrators
Below is a roundup of (just some of) the resources we shared on our social media accounts (@LACountyArts) over the last month. Follow us for more and visit our Digital Arts Resource Center to see the full list of resources (updated weekly).
LA Art Workers Relief

LA Art Workers Relief Fund
$1,000 emergency grants for art workers affected by the COVID-19 related closures of arts institutions.
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Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
A one-time micro grant of $200 for US-based BIPOC artists and administrators.
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Artist Relief
Artist Relief
$5,000 grants for artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19.

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Lewis MacAdams Prize
Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
Open call inviting artists at all career stages to submit ‘blue sky’ projects imagining the LA River as a public art destination.
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