Reports, Internships, 'Artbound' + More!
Reports, Internships, 'Artbound' + More!
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LA County Department of Arts and Culture
A Message From Our Director

Performance by Theater Artist Miwa Matreyek at the 2019 Arts Internship Summit.
Dear Colleagues,

Like you, we are very eager to engage again in local arts and culture—to return to live performance, participate in community events, and experience art alongside one another. The Department of Arts and Culture’s programs have served the sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, and now as we emerge from it, we continue to work collectively to expand equity, reimagine economic inclusion, celebrate our cultural community, and promote arts, culture, and creativity for all.

You can see highlights from our recent work below. They include our timely and compelling report, Make or Break: Race and Ethnicity in Entry-Level Compensation for Arts Administrators in Los Angeles County, which reveals disparities in wages in our field and offers recommendations for addressing them. We congratulate the 90 diverse grantees to be awarded more than $36 million from the LA Arts Recovery Fund. Administered by the California Community Foundation, the Fund is an unprecedented collaboration among funders and the largest-ever pooled grant for the arts in Los Angeles. The Department of Arts and Culture was honored to be involved in the Fund’s coordination and development, working collaboratively with local and national funders to support this meaningful investment in arts organizations in the LA region.

We honored May as both Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month, and recognized the power of arts in wellbeing and healing during We Rise 2021. We celebrated the stunning voices of our creative youth with performances from Get Lit in KCET Artbound: Arts Education. And finally, we share Department opportunities for consultants and student internship positions below.

There is much to come in the months ahead, but we move with optimism on the horizon.

Kristin Sakoda
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Arts Internship Program

Photo courtesy of Viver Brasil Dance Company.
New Positions Posted!

We are happy to announce that the second round of positions for the 2021 Arts Internship Program are now available on our website! 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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Make or Break: Race and Ethnicity in Entry-Level Compensation for Arts Administrators in Los Angeles County
New Report Explores Income Disparities in Entry-Level Arts Organization Staff

A new report, Make or Break: Race and Ethnicity in Entry-Level Compensation for Arts Administrators in Los Angeles County, was recently published by the Department of Arts and Culture and Claremont Graduate University’s Center for Business and Management of the Arts. It reveals disparities between earnings of LA County arts administrators that identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and their White counterparts. The report also finds that entry-level arts staff, no matter their race, earned wages lower than the cost of living in LA County. This study further highlights the relationship between wages and the perceptions, lives, and careers of arts workers, including education levels and the student debt incurred to get that education.
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Audience Outlook and Reopening
How to Use Data When Reopening - A Guide for artists, arts organizations, and arts funders
This zine is designed to help artists, arts organizations, and arts funders use data as you plan for reopening. It includes findings from Audience Outlook Monitor surveys and interviews with arts audiences and visitors in LA County. It also offers suggestions for other data to consider as you plan to reopen.
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Audience Outlook Monitor - Thematic Findings
The Audience Outlook Monitor is a national study (conducted by WolfBrown) to measure and track audience attitudes towards returning to live arts events. These thematic findings include in-depth interviews with audience members, students, artists and staff about online engagement with arts and culture and recommendations for local arts and culture organizations.
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KCET Artbound: Arts Education Premiere Event with LACMA

Pictured: Image from "ARTBOUND: Arts Education" (courtesy of KCET).
Watch 'KCET Artbound: Arts Education' Today

In case you missed its original broadcast, our KCET ARTBOUND: Arts Education documentary is viewable online. There is also some incredible related content online, including articles, a guide to finding arts education resources throughout LA County, and video highlights of the Get Lit youth poets featured in the film (the poets are also called out just below). In this hour-long show, we explore the value of arts education for all youth and communities in LA County, and the effects arts ed have on well-being, career-building, and an inclusive and economically vibrant society. Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet!
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Get Lit Poet Performances
Salome Agbaroji: I Am a Broken Mirror
Salome Agbaroji: I am a Broken Mirror
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Jason Alvarez: Art is Our Superpower
Jason Alvarez: Art is Our Superpower
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Jovana Tankou: Who Deserves a Metaphor?
Jovana Tankou: Who Deserves a Metaphor?
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Vanessa Tahay: Make No Edits
Vanessa Tahay: Make No Edits
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Jayloni Fisher: My Hope is in my Art
Jayloni Fisher: My Hope Is in My Art

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Opportunities for Consultants
Seeking Art Consultants for a Prequalified List
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.
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Deadline: June 30, 2021
Creative Career Pathways for Youth Online
The Department of Arts and Culture seeks proposals from businesses, organizations, and individuals who are interested in and qualified to develop or customize an existing web-based tool that will provide young people, parents, and educators with meaningful information about creative careers, and will connect them to resources and opportunities for career exploration, career preparation, and career development.

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Deadline: June 16, 2021
In the Media
  • Stories about our Make or Break: Race and Ethnicity in Entry-Level Compensation for Arts Administrators in Los Angeles County report appeared in Daily News, SCV News, and Art Net.
  • LA Weekly covered our Creative Strategist Alan Nakagawa’s Kamishibai storytelling project with LA County Library.
  • The New York Times explored the post-pandemic arts and culture landscape in Los Angeles.
  • The LA Arts Recovery Fund was covered in Hyperallergic and Pasadena Now.
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