In November 2015, Los Angeles County Supervisors Hilda Solis and Mark Ridley-Thomas introduced a resolution that was unanimously passed by the Board of Supervisors, directing the LA County Department of Arts and Culture to conduct “a constructive County-wide conversation about ways to improve diversity in cultural organizations” for all County residents. The Board specifically directed the Department of Arts and Culture to focus on key target areas:

  1. Boards of Directors
  2. Staffing
  3. Audience/Participants
  4. Programming
  5. Artists/Creators (added by the Arts and Culture)

To conduct the CEII initiative, over the course of 18-months the Department of Arts and Culture engaged in a comprehensive series of strategies:


  • An Advisory Committee reflecting diversity in race and ethnicity, socio-economic background, gender, age, physical ability, LGBTQ status, arts discipline, and geography across LA County, led by three Co-Chairs who are leaders in the LA County arts ecology
  • Fourteen Town Hall meetings in locations across LA County where 650 participants shared their experiences and ideas for improving cultural equity and inclusion in the arts
  • Working Groups that honed ideas that emerged through the town hall process into formal recommendations and developed vision statements for each of the five key target areas
  • The first-ever survey of arts organizations across LA County to measure the diversity of boards, staff, volunteers, and contractors
  • Consultation with peers in New York and other cities to identify best practices in diversity, cultural equity, and inclusion in the arts
  • Opportunities for the public to share their ideas anonymously, through an artist-led project
  • A literature review that showed the current state of knowledge and conditions in the field
  • Input from other LA County cultural institutions as well as local arts funders

In the spring of 2017, the Department of Arts and Culture released the Cultural Equity & Inclusion Initiative. This included both a summary of all that had been learned over the last 18 months, as well as 13 recommendations to the LA County Board of Supervisors to ensure that everyone in LA County has equitable access to arts and culture, and to improve inclusion in the wider arts ecology for all residents in every community.

Learn More about CEII

How the Cultural Equity & Inclusion Initiative is being actualized.

Including both the Executive Summary and the full report for download (PDF).

A background report on how others have addressed improving diversity, cultural equity, and inclusion in the arts and culture sector.

Explore selection criteria and members of the CEII Advisory Committee.

Workshops designed to help grantees either clarify and begin outlining their organizations' relationship to cultural equity and inclusion, or to deepen the policies they already have in place.

An artwork created by Rosten Woo to elicit community input from those who might be reluctant to speak bluntly at large public meetings.