Free Concerts, A New Creative Strategist, Internships + More
Free Concerts, A New Creative Strategist, Internships + More
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LA County Department of Arts and Culture
2021 LA County Free Summer Concerts
Summer Concerts are back!

Our Free Concerts in Public Sites program has provided free concerts in community settings for decades—it was one of the early programs of the original 1947 Los Angeles County Music Commission, which would evolve to become our agency. The concerts program has evolved too. This year, we are partnering with the Board of Supervisors and County Department of Parks and Recreation to build out a fun summer of free live music and arts activities for the award-winning Parks After Dark (PAD) program.

There are over 200 live shows at 33 Parks After Dark sites now through August. In addition, we have collaborated with community arts organizations to create 50 family-friendly art workshops at parks. Led by teaching artists, these events bring hands-on dance, writing, art, and theater activities to parks—and they are perfect for all ages, all experience levels.

We're proud to support LA County recovery this summer by employing artists and helping create safe ways to enjoy the arts outside!
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Creative Strategist Phung Huynh

Photograph by Genessis Martinez

We are pleased to announce that a Creative Strategist residency began this month with the Office of Immigrant Affairs. Known for exploring the complexities of Southeast Asian refugee communities through drawings that include the iconic pink donut box, Phung Huynh will apply her artistic practice and her own experience as a refugee and immigrant to her work with OIA staff on strategies to build trust and increase participation in LA County social support programs. SCVNews recently covered the announcement!

The mission of the Office of Immigrant Affairs is to advance the well-being of all immigrants in the County by connecting with support services, providing consumer protection, and celebrating contributions that make Los Angeles a better place for all.

The Creative Strategist program was created as a recommendation of the Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative. The program places artists and creative professionals in residence at a County agency, applying artistic practices towards the development of innovative solutions to complex social challenges.
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Artist Website

Seeking Art Consultants for a Prequalified List
Learn About the Arts Ed Collective's 'Healing-Centered' work with a new Zine

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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Learn about the Arts Ed Collective

Arts Internship Program

Photo courtesy of Viver Brasil Dance Company.
Positions Still Available!

The third round of positions for the 2021 Arts Internship Program are set to drop on July 1, 2021! The Arts Internship Program is the largest paid summer internship program in the US. Now in its 21st year, more than 2,500 students have entered the LA County arts and culture field through AIP, which places interns in nonprofit performing, presenting, literary and municipal arts organizations. Its companion program, the Getty Multicultural Internship Program, provides internships to museums and visual arts organizations.

Positions are filling fast, so make sure to apply before it's too late!
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2020 Arts Internship Program Final Report
Students attend the 2019 Arts Internship Program Summit at the Music Center.
2020 Final Report

In 2020, the Department celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Arts Internship Program, while simultaneously adjusting the program to ensure viability and flexibility in the face of challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Department, the arts sector, and students in the County.
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Seeking Art Consultants for a Prequalified List

Down the Block, 2021, by FreelandBuck at Mark Ridley-Thomas Behavioral Health Center.
The Department of Arts and Culture seeks qualifications from Art Consultants to establish a diverse Prequalified List of individuals and/or companies with a wide variety of experience to provide public art project management services on an as-needed basis within a large range of budgets, project types, and constituencies.

The Prequalified List will remain active for three years with an option to extend the list for up to three additional one-year terms. Annual evaluation will be held to add additional vendors to the list. Applicants may submit their qualifications at any time before the first consideration deadline to be considered for inclusion in the first publication of the Prequalified List.Submissions received after the first consideration deadline will be considered for inclusion in subsequent annual reviews.

First Consideration Deadline: June 30, 2021 | 11:59PM PST
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South LA Intern Initiative
This summer, Second District Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell's office has partnered with to creative the South LA Intern Intitiative. The mission of this initiative is to get 100 young people and students from South LA their first internship in tech. The Initiative has partnered with LA County to subsidize these internships, ensuring that small and medium companies have the ability to hire 2-10 South LA interns this summer. They are also working closely with tech companies to help build out their internship program so that an optimal experience is had by all. For extra support, they are providing the interns with professional development, network building and coaching activities alongside their internships.
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