Countywide Cultural Policy, 2020 Arts Internship Program + More!
Countywide Cultural Policy, 2020 Arts Internship Program + More!
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LA County Department of Arts and Culture
Imagining Our Collective Future: A New Conversation Series

"Embodied" by Alison Saar.
Save the Date for an Arts & Culture Town Hall

We know these are uncertain times and that you are facing unprecedented challenges. We want to hear from you! Please save the date for the first in a series of conversations. On August 19, 2020 at 2PM, join Director Kristin Sakoda and Grants and Professional Development Director Anji Gaspar-Milanovic in conversation with arts and culture leaders about imagining our collective future post-pandemic. More details to come.

Countywide Cultural Policy

"Grow, but Never Grow up" by Nate Frizzell.
LA County Adopts First-Of-Its-Kind Cultural Policy

On June 23, 2020, we announced the adoption of the Countywide Cultural Policy by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The Countywide Cultural Policy, the first of its kind in the nation, provides direction and guidelines for how LA County and its departments will ensure that every resident has meaningful access to arts and culture.

The Cultural Policy provides direction and guidelines for how LA County and its departments will ensure that every resident of LA County has meaningful access to arts and culture. The intent of the policy is to foster an organizational culture that values and celebrates arts, culture, and creativity; strengthens cultural equity and inclusion; and integrates arts and culture in LA County strategies to achieve the highest potential of communities and constituents across all aspects of civic life.
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LA County Arts Internship Program 2020

Interns attend the 2018 Arts Internship Summit at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Downtown Los Angeles.
Arts Internship Program Reopens July 15, 2020

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the LA County Arts Internship Program, the nation’s largest paid arts internship program. In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, adjustments have been made to create more flexibility for host organizations and students, while retaining the values of the program.

The 2020 Arts Internship Program will provide nearly 200 university and community college students with paid experience at more than 140 nonprofit organizations. With a budget more than $1M, this year's program marks the County’s largest investment in creative career pathways and work-based learning for young adults. Intern applications will be posted beginning July 15, 2020, please share with your networks. Diverse students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
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RFP Artist Response to the Columbus Statue Removal

Removal of the Columbus Statue in Grand Park in November, 2018.
Seeking Proposals!

In collaboration with the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission, the Department of Arts and Culture is seeking two artists or artist teams to design collaborative and Indigenous-centered artwork to coincide with Indigenous Peoples Day in October and Native American Heritage Month in November. We invite the creative community to reimagine the space where the statue of Christopher Columbus once stood, to promote truth, reconciliation, healing, and recognition of the original peoples of Los Angeles and Indigenous peoples that now call Los Angeles home.
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The Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture and the Los Angeles City/County Native American Commission recognize and acknowledge the Yaavitam, the first people of this ancestral and unceded territory of Yaanga that we now know as downtown Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture and the Los Angeles City/County Native American Commission honor the Yaavitam elders, past and present, and the Yaavitam descendants who are part of the Gabrieleño Tongva and the Fernandeño Tataviam Nations.

LA Regional COVID Fund

LA Regional COVID Fund Provides relief for artists and organizations

A partnership between LA County, the City of Los Angeles, and other local funders, the LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund will deploy $3 million in grants, ranging from $5,000 or $15,000, to micro-entrepreneurs (artists), small businesses, and nonprofits over the course of six rounds of funding. Although the first round opened July 6, applications open every two weeks through mid-September. Applicmants are encouraged to apply each round unless they receive an award.

For more information, visit the Recovery Fund FAQ page or attend a free webinar.
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LA Vs. Hate

Arts and Culture Partners with LA vs. Hate

The Department of Arts and Culture is proud to partner with the Commission on Human Relations to amplify their LA vs Hate campaign. LA vs Hate is a community-centered creative campaign to encourage and support all residents of LA County to unite against, report, and resist hate. Art has a long history of being part of social change, especially in LA. When we question what we accept as normal, we begin to work toward a future where diverse communities feel safe and flourish. To share the message and speak up for your community, visit:
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Southland Sessions
KCET's 'Southland Sessions' is set to uplift stories about Arts and Culture during COVID-19

The Department of Arts and Culture is proud to have collaborated in the development of KCET's Southland Sessions, their new program to highlight stories about the arts during COVID-19. Set to showcase the vibrancy and resilience of creators across Southern California, Southland Sessions will feature up-close, virtual "sessions" of performances and experiences in the Los Angeles area.

The first episode, Change(Makers): The Future of Arts and Culture, will premiere on July 15, 2020. Key LA cultural leaders (including our very own Kristin Sakoda) gathered to discuss the role of arts and culture in shaping the world's future. See how civic institutions are re-evaluating their roles in society and refocusing their energies, and hear poetry from the young poets of Get Lit.
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In Brief
Artscape: LA Transformation Beyond Crisis
ArtScape LA: Transformation Beyond Crisis

On July 11, Kristin Sakoda took part in a dialogue as part of Empowerment Congress 2020 that explored practical solutions for recovery and the vision of where arts and culture can go next.
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