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LA County Department of Arts and Culture
A note from our Director

"LA Skyline" by Susan Logoreci.
Dear cultural community,

I want to acknowledge that November is Native American Heritage Month, encourage everyone to seek out opportunities to celebrate the diverse cultures, histories, and traditions of Native American people, and congratulate this year’s Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission honorees.

As this month's increasingly serious news and data show, the COVID-19 health pandemic is still gripping our communities, and following health protocols is crucial. We are providing information in this newsletter to assist your planning and preparedness. Supporting the arts and culture sector’s survival will help to preserve our cultural identity—and there is so much to protect.

In this year’s Arts Vibrancy Index Report, the Los Angeles region was named the third most arts-vibrant large-size community in the United States, and the first in having the highest number of artists and creatives in the nation. Though the report is based on 2019 data and does not reflect the impact of COVID-19, it illustrates the critical role of the arts in Los Angeles County and around the nation—and shows what we risk losing unless the arts are supported as we address impacts from COVID-19 and the economic crisis, and reckon with racial and social inequity.

As part of our efforts to respond to COVID-19, our Department is reaching beyond our programs to support response and relief, and advocate for the recovery and resilience of the arts and cultural sector. Deep thanks to the staff of Arts and Culture for their diligence, dedication, and care in this work. In this newsletter, there are opportunities for advocacy, surveys, and resources from our work with County Public Health to help you navigate the evolving COVID-19 pandemic so that the arts and cultural sector can plan and prepare to reopen—safely.

     Kristin Sakoda
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Reopening Arts and Culture Saftely

"Vincent Thomas Bridge" by Susan Logoreci.
In recent months, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued a number of protocols to plan for the safe reopening our arts, culture, and creative economy sectors. Arts and Culture collaborated with Public Health to develop new guidance to help the creative community navigate COVID-19 openings safely, and centralize these documents to make them easier to access. Arts and Culture is also providing information about the types of events that are permitted under the current health orders, the requirement for written compliance plans for all venues and events, and how to obtain approval from Public Health to hold an event. It is not yet time for many activities to resume, but it is time to plan and prepare.

Arts and culture are essential to LA County's economy, identity, wellbeing, and recovery. We offer this guidance to support the cultural sector as we navigate the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on our community at this critical time.
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Health Protocols
Museums, Galleries, Zoos, and Aquariums
Reopening Museums gallaries zoos and aquariums
Photo courtesy of the Zimmer Children's Museum
NOTE: This protocol includes restrictions on the types of operations and spaces that may reopen, please read closely. It also allows for small scale filming on site to help patrons engage with museum offerings.
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Movie Theaters

Reopening Drive-In Theaters
Photo courtesy of the France Los Angeles Exchange.
NOTE: Musical concerts and live performances are permitted under this protocol as long as there is also compliance with the protocol for Music, Television and Film Production.

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Reopening music television and film production
Photo courtesy of Venice Arts.
Music, Television, and Film Production

NOTE: This is the primary protocol for Music, TV and Film Production companies to follow and includes specifications for performers, crew, and hired audience members. Singers, musicians, dancers and all other performers must follow the protocol developed for actors. It requires a COVID-19 Compliance Officer, and usually requires regular viral testing of cast and crew.
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LA County's New Regional Blueprint for Arts Education
Board of Supervisors Adopts New Regional Blueprint For Arts Education

As we announced last month, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisors Kuehl and Barger to adopt the Arts for All Children, Youth, and Families: Los Angeles County’s New Regional Blueprint for Arts Education, which aims to bring arts education to young people throughout LA County. The Department of Arts and Culture and the Arts Ed Collective developed the Blueprint, which calls for arts learning to happen both in and outside of school, throughout communities, and in juvenile justice, foster youth, and workforce development systems.

The new Blueprint’s goals are to:
  • Develop systems and infrastructure that expand and sustain arts education for all young people, in all schools, and in all communities.
  • Build and strengthen partnerships and collaborations to create, expand, and leverage resources for arts education.
  • Increase public awareness about the importance of arts education and mobilize stakeholders to advocate for robust implementation.
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Welcome New Members of the CEII Advisory Committee

"Tapestry of Dreams" by Matt Doolin.
The Department of Arts and Culture extends our sincere congratulations to the newly appointed members of the Cultural Equity & Inclusion Initiative (CEII) Advisory Committee. Originally formed during the 18-month development period of CEII, the first advisory committee guided the development of the initiative and shaped its vision, goals, and recommendations to the board. In October, the LA County Arts Commission voted to make the committee a permanent standing committee, with members serving for three-year periods. This committee includes eight County cultural organization representatives along with members representing the diverse cultural community and Arts Commissioners. Including community voice in our work is an equity practice. We are very grateful to the Committee, and as always, to the Arts Commission for their service, their passion, and their dedication to making the arts more equitable and accessible for all.
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Call For Artists: Whittier Aquatic

Architect's rendering of the Whittier Aquatic Center.
The Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture seeks an artist or artist team to create an artwork for the Whittier Aquatic Center, scheduled to open in Summer, 2022. There are two possible locations for the artwork: 1) the concrete bleacher design; or 2) hanging entrance sculpture. Artists can apply for one or both of the locations. Only a single proposal for one of the locations will be selected for the final project.

Deadline: December 4, 2020 | 5PM PST
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Communications Services | Arts Ed Regional Blueprint

"Reflections on the Past, Present & Future of Los Nietos" by Louise Griffin.
Requesting Proposals

The Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture is issuing this Request for Proposals to businesses, organizations, and individuals that are interested in and qualified to strategize and implement a comprehensive communications plan in support of Los Angeles County’s New Regional Blueprint for Arts Education, which will guide the work of the Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective over the next decade.

Proposal Deadline: December 7, 2020 | 5PM PST
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Media Highlights

  • Spectrum shined a spotlight on artist Moses X Ball and his contributions to the 19th Amendment Centennial project. Additional coverage of the commissioned artwork and the special edition LA County Library cards appeared in LA Daily News, NBC-4, and CBS.
  • The Argonaut ran a piece on artist Deborah Aschheim's 365 Days of Voters, a project she developed while a Creative Strategist with Registrar Recorder-County Clerk—a perfect example of cross-sector work that brings the arts to the people the County serves.
  • Coverage of the Regional Blueprint for Arts Education appeared in SCV News and Beverly Press.
  • The Los Angeles Sentinel celebrated a grant for the Lula Washington Dance Theatre from Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. The Sentinel also wrote about the new Mark Ridley-Thomas Behavioral Center, which features artwork that Arts and Culture commissioned.
  • Kristin Sakoda participated in a Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board panel "Creating Cultural Equity in the City of Angels," as well as the Otis College of Art and Design’s "Race and the Creative Economy" panel.
  • Grants Associate Laura Guerrero-Nieto was featured in LA County’s "My Job in 60 Seconds." CIAG grantee Esperanza Community Housing Corporation's Mercado La Paloma and its Executive Director Nancy Halpern Ibrahim are also featured!
Californians For The Arts Needs you!
Take the Covid-19 Impact Survey Today
Californian's for the Arts is currently conducting a pair of surveys that are designed to gather information about the financial and human impacts of COVID-19's pandemic-related restrictions on 1) California’s nonprofit cultural organizations and for-profit creative businesses, and 2) California's individual arts workers. The survey takes only a few minutes, and it is open until November 24, 2020.
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The Cultural Collections Protection Survey
The Cultural Collections Protection Survey is the first step in creating a central database of California’s culturally significant assets. Think of it as a census for California’s cultural collections. By helping state and federal decisionmakers understand the value, importance and condition of these assets, we can support new and more informed policies to ensure they are protected and made accessible to all Californians.
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