Funded by the LA County Board of Supervisors in 2017, The Creative Strategist-Artist In Residence (CS-AIR) program embeds artists in County departments to work alongside staff, project partners, and community stakeholders in a collaborative process to develop, strategize, promote, and implement artist-driven solutions to civic issues.

In 2017, the CS-AIR program kicked off with with projects at The Department of Public Health/PLACE Vision Zero, the Registrar-Recorder's Office, and the LA County Library. Now in its second year,the CS-AIR program has grown to include artist residences at six County Departments.

Year 1

The LA County Library

The Creative Strategist will be embedded in the LA County Library and have an important role in the establishment of a system-wide LA County Library Artist-In-Residence program. Working alongside the Assistant Regional Administrator (East Region), the Creative Strategist will interpret or bridge communication between the County library staff and strategize how to connect existing and newly created programs under an umbrella of a LA County Library AIR Program with the hopes of expanding community exposure to the arts at LA County Libraries. Through an iterative process, the Creative Strategist will research and develop a comprehensive masterplan for the LA County Library AIR program including strategies for communications, implementation, and evaluation through artist-initiated projects, interventions, approaches, and engagement.

The Creative Strategist will develop and produce experiences or artworks that further the goals of the LA County Library AIR Program. These activities will address LA County Library objectives by using creative methods to engage library patrons of all ages. While the project is running, the Creative Strategist will also work with the Arts Commission and LA County Library to develop an evaluation plan.

The Registrar Recorder's Office

The Creative Strategist will be embedded in the Media, Communication, and Creative Services section to work collaboratively in formulating and implementing a creative strategy for marketing to and educating LA County residents about the Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP)—an initiative aimed at created a roadmap for the eventual overhaul of the County's aging voting systems. They will play an important role as an interpreter or bridge to communicate between the County and community. Through an iterative process, they will develop artistic interventions, approaches, strategies, and engagement plans that outline programmatic activities to raise awareness of an improved voting experience that is inclusive to all.

The Creative Strategist will also develop and produce marketing collateral and artwork to engage civic discourse around VSAP goals. These activities will address multi-layered community objectives by using creative methods to engage staff, volunteers, and the electorate in VSAP implementation and awareness building. Activities will include both community and artist-initiated projects,workshops, convenings, happenings, events, and site-specific artworks. While the project is running, the Creative Strategist will work with LACAC and RR/CC to develop an evaluation plan. They will document the process, approach, and lessons learned throughout to help transform County practices and responsiveness.

Year 2

Now in its second year, the Creative Strategist Artist-In-Residence Cycle two embeds an artist as a creative strategist and art maker into a County department for a year-long residency. The participating departments include: Mental Health, Parks and Recreation, and Public Health. The selected artist will work alongside staff, project partners, community stakeholders, and artists in a collaborative process to develop, strategize, promote, and implement artist-driven solutions.

The Creative Strategists will work with the Arts Commission and partner departments to develop an evaluation plan. The Creative Strategist will document the process, approach, and lessons learned to help transform County practices and responsiveness. The Creative Strategist may work with at-risk populations, such as Foster Youth, Probation, Homeless, LGBTQ, and others

Opportunities


Department of Mental Health

Department of Mental Health

Provide community building activities and messaging around mental health issues that encourage dialogue and action with the Department of Mental Health.

Department of Parks and Reg

Department of Parks and Recreation

Develop and integrate arts and cultural programming as a core program in parks with the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Department of Public Health

Department of Public Health

Act as thought partner in the creation of the Office of Violence Prevention with the Department of Public Health.

Become an Artist in residence


A year-long Artist-In-Residence at one of three County Departments.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2019