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LA County Department of Arts and Culture
A Message From Our Director
A Message from Our Director

"Nopal Con Tunas" By Pola Lopez.

In this month's newsletter, we are thrilled to share the Countywide Cultural Policy Strategic Plan for Los Angeles County. I am grateful to Supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl, who directed us to develop a plan to implement the Cultural Policy, and to our community for your input, advocacy, and participation. We will share updates soon!

Turning to Civic Art, we've been investing in artist commissions at the intersection of arts and health, and are proud to unveil five new artworks at the LAC+USC Medical Center this month. Art can be a conduit for healing, uplifting undertold narratives, and furthering cultural inclusion, racial justice, and belonging in civic space. Take a minute to explore how the five artists’ incredible work fulfills that vision.

We're also excited to show off our new Creative Wellbeing Curriculum Guide, and the ever-important funding award announcements of our Organizational Grant Program and Community Impact Arts Grant programs. Kudos to all the grantees! It has been a productive summer, and there is so much more to come.

As the pandemic continues to evolve, we encourage all to stay safe and keep apprised of updates from our Department of Public Health and other trusted sources.

Kristin Sakoda

Countywide Cultural Policy Strategic Plan
We recently delivered the Countywide Cultural Policy Strategic Plan for Los Angeles County to the Board of Supervisors. In April 2021, Supervisors Solis and Kuehl directed Arts and Culture to develop a Strategic Plan to implement the Cultural Policy. The new plan includes 18 actionable strategies that will expand cultural resources across LA County. It also represents an ongoing shift—increasing funding for artists, programs, and community-based arts organizations with a cultural equity lens; elevating the arts as a cross-sector strategy; and investing in cultural life for all our people and communities.
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Four New Artworks Unveiled at
LAC + USC Medical Center
Four New Artworks Unveiled at LAC + USC Medical Center

"Con Mucho Amor" by Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia.
This month, we are proud to unveil four brand new civic artworks located at the LAC + USC Medical Center (LAC + USC MC) and the LAC + USC Restorative Care Village (LAC + USC RCV), Sobrevivir by artist Phung Huynh, Con Mucho Amor by Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, Layered Histories Boyle Heights by Jaime Scholnick, Feliz Cumpleaños Boyle Heights by Patrick Martinez, and East LA Landscape by Star Montana.
'Sobrevivir' by Phung Huynh at LAC + USC MC
Sobrevivir by Phung Huynh at LAC + USC Medical Center
"Sobrevivir" by Phung Huynh.
Sobrevivir recognizes the practice of coerced sterilization, which took place LAC+USC Medical Center between 1968 - 1974.

The Department of Arts and Culture worked with LAC + USC and the community to commission Los Angeles County-based artist Phung Huynh to create an artwork that conveys the County’s sincere apologies to the women and families that were harmed by the County’s practices.

During the development of the final design, Huynh led an engagement process to inform the artwork concept and inspire a sense of community ownership. She worked with community members to create four quilts. Survivors, family members, and people with whom this experience resonated made each quilt square.

The quilts represents a collective approach to healing through art and pays tribute to the survivors.

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'Four Porcelain Tile Murals' at LAC + USC RCV
Four Porcelain Tile Murals at LAC + USC Restorative Care Village
"Layered Histories Boyle Heights" by Jaimie Scholnick.
In conversation with the LAC+USC community, artists Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, Jaime Scholnick, Patrick Martinez, and Star Montana each created building-sized, porcelain tile murals that express dignity, hope, and home.

Con Mucho Amor by Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia depicts imagery that he sourced from the many cultures that comprise the neighboring community, from the Tongva—the original stewards of this land—to the current residents.

Layered Histories Boyle Heights by Jaimie Scholnick celebrates the rich and complex history and cultures of the community.

Feliz Cumpleaños Boyle Heights by Patrick Martinez honors the everyday beauty that fills the neighborhood.

East LA Landscape by Star Montana is a photograph of the expansive hilltop views that Montana, a Boyle Heights native, tried to create for many years.

Creatve Wellbeng Curriculum Guide

Street Poets performing with Agha de l'Abba musicians. Photo by Sylvanus Leone.
The Arts Ed Collective recently co-presented a live (and recorded) webinar, an "Introduction to the Creative Wellbeing Approach," about how arts and mental health strategies can be integrated to support social-emotional development and healing from trauma. The session was attended by more than 150 new and long-standing stakeholders, and included both contextual framing as well as experiential activities.

The new Creative Wellbeing Curriculum Guide was designed to build an understanding of the Creative Wellbeing approach and to inspire educators, mental health practitioners, and teaching artists to brainstorm, design, and facilitate their own healing-centered arts activities. The guide was developed collaboratively by paid youth content advisors, teaching artists, and partners from artworxLA, the Arts for Healing and Justice Network, Office of Child Protection, Department of Mental Health, and Department of Arts and Culture.
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Final Batch of Arts Internships Posted
2022 Arts Internship Program

Photo Courtesy of the Glendale Youth Orchestra.
The final batch of positions for the 2022 Arts Internship Program is now available on our website!

In light of COVID-19, here are some of the continued changes in effect to support students interested in participating:
  • Extended internship window: the program has been extended to more of a year-round format. Interns will be able to work from June 1, 2022 through March 1, 2023.
  • More flexibility: grantee organizations may elect to have interns work as few as 15 hours a week, and interns may be able to work remotely for a portion of their hours.
  • Opportunities to connect! Interns will not be working in isolation and will be able to attend monthly virtual events to meet leaders in the field of arts and culture, network with one another, experience arts and culture and more.
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Announcing Our 2022-23 Grantees
Announcing Our 2022-23 Grantees

Photo Courtesy of Coaxial Arts.
Organizational Grant Program
Organizational Grant Program
Photo courtesy of Bob Baker Marionette Theater.
We announced $4,518,000 in grant awards through the Organizational Grant Program (OGP). The awards will provide two-year grants for 227 nonprofit arts organizations.

OGP is Los Angeles County’s longest-running arts grant program, providing funding for the diverse ecosystem of arts nonprofits that range in size, budget, and discipline—from arts education, to theater, music, and dance, to visual, media, and literary arts. This cycle’s grantees are located in and provide services across the County, and many have deep and culturally rooted ties in their communities.
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Community Impact Arts Grant Program
Community Impact Arts Grant Program
Photo courtesy of Tierra del Sol Foundation.
We announced $750,000 for 75 Community Impact Arts Grants (CIAG), one-year grants for arts programming at nonprofit social justice and social service organizations, and municipal departments throughout LA County.

Different than our longstanding funding for nonprofits with a primary focus on the arts, CIAG supports arts-based programs of social justice and service organizations. CIAG was designed to address two priorities: making arts services available to LA County residents who might not experience them through traditional arts venues and outlets, and encouraging integration of the arts in cross-sector work at local nonprofits.
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Commissioner Spotlight: Helen Hernandez
Helen Hernandez

Arts Commissioner Helen Hernandez
Helen Hernandez is a community advocate at heart. Born in Azusa, she was the oldest daughter of 12 children—inheriting a passion for service from her family, and a fierce sense of determination. "We didn’t have much. My dad was a plumber, and he struggled to give us all a good Catholic school education. So, I always took every opportunity because I never felt like I had anything to lose."

Helen began her career as a labor union organizer for the United Furniture Workers of America (UFWA) and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), and she was trained at the George Meany Center in Washington, DC (established as a training center by the AFL–CIO in 1969 to strengthen union member education and organizing skills). She won dozens of union representation elections in Los Angeles and other parts of the country, and was the first female Western Regional Director of UFWA.
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Staff Spotlight: Alexis Camins
Alexis Camins

IT Manager Alexis Camins
Alexis Camins moved to the Bay Area from the Philippines when he was 9 years old. When a friend dragged him to audition for a musical in high school—42nd Street—his fate was sealed. "I just fell in love with theater. I fell in with being on stage, with being around friends that wanted to express themselves. I felt like I had met my people," he says.

When it was time to think about college, he was guided by something he read once: "You’re not just choosing college, you’re choosing the city your college is in." He had never been to Westwood, and didn’t really know Los Angeles, but he got into UCLA and made the move. He remembers driving down Sunset Boulevard and thinking, "This is amazing. I made the right choice."
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Wellbeing for LA Creative Wellbeing Summer Renewal Retreat: 3-Part Interactive Training Series
Wellbeng for LA Creative Wellbeing Summer Renewal Retreat

"New Directions" by Olalekan Jeyifous.
Aug 3, 10 & 17, 2022
11AM - 12:30PM
(Via Zoom)

Creative Wellbeing provides culturally relevant, healing-centered arts education that builds mental health protective factors for system-involved youth impacted by LA County's child welfare system. This interactive 3-part series will be guided by teaching artists from the Arts for Healing and Justice Network, an interdisciplinary collaborative providing coordination and support to multiple community-based organizations facilitating healing-informed art programming inside juvenile detention centers, school-based settings, and in community.

Please note: this retreat will take place on the Wellbeing for LA Learning Center. To register, participants are required to create a free account to reserve a spot.
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In Brief

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