Caroline Lerch

Caroline Lerch: Staff Spotlight

October 31, 2022 Announcements
Caroline Lerch grew up in New Orleans, where it’s said music is everywhere. It certainly was in Caroline’s house—her grandfather was a jazz musician and pianist who could be heard on the local radio every morning on the "Pinky Vidacovich and the Dawnbusters" show, and her mother, Haydée Lafaye Ellis, played guitar and upright bass in a band with a regular gig in the French Quarter. Haydée also painted and acted in local theater productions—all the while being a conventional PTA mom, married to a civil engineer.
Constance Jolcuvar

Constance Jolcuvar: Commissioner Spotlight

October 26, 2022 Announcements
Constance Jolcuvar’s life is full of layers. She’s proud of her background—she’s a half-Hispanic and half-Greek first-generation California native with roots in both San Marino and Frogtown. She acknowledges the privilege in the life she has built, but she’s also often been on the receiving end of nasty, hurtful prejudice. “Most would never guess that to look at me,” she said, “so I’ve always been about striving for fairness and equal opportunity for all, and I’m a constant and strong supporter of public schools.”
Irina Contreras

Irina Contreras: Staff Spotlight

September 30, 2022 Announcements
Irina Contreras (pronouns: they/them) was 14 years old during the 1992 LA uprising, and Rodney King was beaten just down the street from where they grew up in Pacoima. The area was known amongst locals for the many police abuses it had historically endured. “I was young, but I definitely had feelings about it,” they said.
"Inner Resources" by Paul Botello

Arts and Culture Newsletter: September, 2022

September 30, 2022
It is a busy time of year for all of our divisions, as you can see in the updates below. Our Civic Art Division’s Illuminate LA initiative launched this month, with a first panel, "Current State of Monuments." Three of our grant programs are open, and we have been thrilled to get queries from organizations that have never applied before. We are also getting ready to for the I.D.E.A. WAVE workshops for education practitioners next month.
Patrisse Cullors

Patrisse Cullors: Commissioner Spotlight

September 30, 2022 Announcements
It was not surprising when Second District Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell nominated artist, writer, and community organizer Patrisse Cullors to the Arts Commission last year. They have known each other for more than a decade, back to when Mitchell was in the California State Assembly. “Holly Mitchell has been of service to my South Los Angeles community for a long time,” Patrisse said, “and I think she has seen me to be both a staunch advocate of criminal justice as well as the arts.”
Violence, Hope and Healing book image

Violence, Hope and Healing in Los Angeles county

September 29, 2022
Violence, Hope and Healing in Los Angeles County: The Storytelling Project was developed and implemented by artist Olga Koumoundouros in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Office of Violence Prevention housed within the Department of Public Health, and the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture during her residency as
August Newsletter

Arts and Culture Newsletter: August, 2022

August 31, 2022
I write with huge pride and excitement with the news that the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisors Solis and Kuehl to adopt the Cultural Policy Strategic Plan! As you may have read in earlier dispatches, this is an important next step in our ongoing work to expand cultural equity and access across LA County. Once again, thank you for you for input and advocacy. Please check out our press release in the body of this newsletter.
County Board of Supervisors Adopt Cultural Policy Strategic Plan

Board of Supervisors Adopt Cultural Policy Strategic Plan

As it continues to expand access to the arts for all residents, the Board of Supervisors today [unanimously] approved a motion by Supervisors Solis and Kuehl to adopt the LA County Cultural Policy Strategic Plan.