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A Message from Our Director
A Message From Our Director

Photo courtesy of Independent Shakespeare Company.
Greetings,

I write with huge pride and excitement with the news that the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisors Solis and Kuehl to adopt the Cultural Policy Strategic Plan! As you may have read in earlier dispatches, this is an important next step in our ongoing work to expand cultural equity and access across LA County. Once again, thank you for you for input and advocacy. Please check out our press release in the body of this newsletter.

I also want to acknowledge the recent motion by Supervisors Hilda Solis and Janice Hahn regarding the potential transfer of the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission (LANAIC) to the Department of Arts and Culture, as a new placement for its administrative and operational support. We have partnered with LANAIC in recent years, and are excited for it to grow and thrive. We will keep you posted as this evolves.

Check out news and opportunities below, including the opening of Grants application season and a new Civic Art initiative to Illuminate LA.

Although we took a short summer break on spotlighting our amazing staff and Arts Commissioners, we will be back in full force in September!

Onward!
Kristin Sakoda

Board of Supervisors Adopts Cultural Policy Strategic Plan
Board of Supervisors Adopt Cultural Policy Strategic Plan

Photo courtesy of TeAda Productions.
As it continues to expand access to the arts for all residents, the Board of Supervisors voted to adopt the LA County Cultural Policy Strategic Plan. Developed with community and arts field input, the new Strategic Plan includes 18 tactics to expand cultural resources across LA County. Its adoption represents a milestone in an ongoing shift in County arts and culture—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.

The motion directs the County’s Chief Executive Office to explore a funding increase for our Organizational Grant Program and the Free Concerts in Public Sites program program.
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Grants Season is Here!
Grants Season is Here!

Photo courtesy of Culture Shock Los Angeles.
Applications for the Organizational Grant Program (OGP) and the Community Impact Arts Grant Program (CIAG) are now open!

Attend virtual workshops, apply online through our grants management system, and let us know if you have any questions | Grants@arts.lacounty.gov.
OGP
Organizational Grant Program
Photo courtesy of Chicas Rockeras.
OGP provides Los Angeles County nonprofit arts organizations funding to address priority needs and ensures cultural services for the diverse communities in LA County.

Application Deadline:
October 5, 2022!
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CIAG
Community Impact Arts Grant
Photo courtesy of Peace4Kids.
The CIAG program recognizes the value of the arts as a vital tool for cross-sector and civic problem solving, and funds organizations that use the arts to accomplish their missions.

Application Deadline:
October 5, 2022!
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Opening Soon
Arts Internship Program
Students attend the 2019 Arts Internship Summit.
Arts Internship Program

The Arts Internship Program provides Los Angeles County performing, presenting, literary, social justice and social service, and municipal arts organizations grants to hire undergraduate and community college students for 400 hours of paid work experience.

Applications for AIP open September 7, 2022!
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Introducing…Illuminate LA
Introducing...Illuminate LA

Illuminate graphics designed by David Hernandez, Taller Para Nosotros.
Illuminate LA is a new initiative of the LA County Department of Arts and Culture to shed light on the collective and complex history and memory of LA County by exploring the County’s Civic Art Collection and public artworks across the region.

This Fall, we’re launching Illuminate LA with a three-part series of panels and arts-based civic engagements focused on Grand Park’s civic artworks, and the histories and cultural memories that are sited in and around the park campus. All events will be designed and produced by cultural organizer Anuradha Vikram of Curative Projects.
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Panel #1
Current State of Monuments
September 15, 2022 | 12-2PM (PST)
(Via Zoom)

Current State of Monuments will include public art leaders and historians who will discuss their roles in the current dialogue about public monuments, offer historical context for related artworks and monuments, and introduce programs that support equitable and inclusive futures of public art collections.
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Creative Strategist: Phung Huynh
Creative Strategist: Phyng Huynh

Artwork created by Creative Strategist Phung Huynh during her residency with the Office of Immigrant Affairs.
Phung Huynh is an LA-based artist and educator whose work explores cultural perception and representation. Huynh applied her artistic practice and her own experience as a refugee and immigrant to work with the Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA) as part of our Creative-Strategist Artist in Residence program, which was a recommendation of the Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative

During her residency, Huynh developed strategies that use the arts to help build trust between the County and the region's immigrant communities and increase their participation in County support services and built staff capacity in arts-based community engagement practices.
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In Brief

  • Los Angeles Times covered the amazing, and aforementioned, artist Phung Huynh—Learn More
  • The San Francisco Classical Voice covered our grant programs—Learn More
  • Save the date! Our grantee and partner Arts for LA's in-person State of the Arts Summit is Thursday, October 20 this year, at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. Uniting arts leaders from across the region, the half-day convening gives you a chance to explore and champion solutions to some of the field's most pressing issues. We’ll share more info soon.
 
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