(Above) "Grow, but Never Grow Up" by Nate Frizzell.
The Countywide Cultural Policy provides direction and guidelines for how Los Angeles County and its departments will ensure that every resident of LA County has meaningful access to arts and culture. The Department of Arts and Culture provides leadership, accountability, and coordination across County departments and agencies to support the implementation of the policy.
The intent of the Cultural 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.
Three Main Goals of the Cultural Policy:
- Invest in cultural infrastructure and access to arts and culture
- Advance arts and culture in every sector of civic life
- Promote cultural equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging
Cultural Policy Implementation Process
- Staff engaged in preliminary research to review existing policies or plans from other jurisdictions, and to identify models/best practices that can be used to inform our process.
- A Request for Proposals was released by late summer 2019 to secure a consultant who would identify a process that best engaged stakeholders in development of a region-wide Cultural Policy.
- Department staff and consultant Soluna Group reviewed existing policies and research, engaged stakeholders, and developed the policy framework.
- The completed policy was submitted to the LA County Audit Committee for review in February 2020.
- Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis introduced a motion, co-authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, to adopt the policy at the June 23, 2020 Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting, where it was unanimously adopted by the Board.
- On April 20, 2021, Chair Hilda J. Solis authored a motion, co-authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, to expand on the policy. Their motion funds a "needs assessment," which will provide a baseline of knowledge about where County arts and culture resources are allocated, including a publicly available asset map that shows County investments in facilities, grants, programming, and resources. From it, gaps and areas of need based on demographics and geography can be identified, then addressed.
- On October 5, 2021, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion by Supervisor Solis, and co-authored by Supervisor Kuehl, that directed the Department of Workforce Development, Aging, and Community Services; the LA City/County Native American Indian Commission; and the Department of Arts and Culture to hire a consultant to facilitate the development of a Land Acknowledgment policy, protocol, and toolkit, thereby advancing an element of the Cultural Policy.