The Los Angeles County Arts Commission fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County. The Arts Commission provides leadership in cultural services for the County, encompassing 88 municipalities, including funding and job opportunities, professional development and general resources.
The LA County Arts Commission and the Homeless Initiative Second Dwelling Units Pilot Program recently announced the winners of the Yes to ADU Design Competition which invited artists, architects and engineers to submit concept designs for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)—also known as “granny flats”—as possible solutions to LA County’s homelessness crisis. The first place team—Anonymous Architects—each received $6,000 for ideas that included a “Barcode House” of interchangeable parts that can combined into a nearly infinite set of configurations to create customizable ADU structures (Ho) and a similarly customizable system utilizing building materials created from 100% recycled plastic packaging (Storey).
On Tuesday, May 15, the LA County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to create the first-ever LA County department for arts and culture. The motion, co-authored by Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sheila Kuehl, instructs the County to transition the LA County Arts Commission to a stand-alone County department starting July 1, 2018 and complete the transition by fiscal year 2019-20.
Building on the success and excitement surrounding LA’s first-ever Arts Datathon in 2017, the LA County Arts Commission presents Arts Datathon: Collections, which aims to explore collections data as a way to increase access to the arts. This event brings together artists, curators, civic hackers, educators and arts administrators from across the region to explore collections data on topics from military memorabilia to street art.
Now in its 18th year, the LA County Arts Internship Program will provide 179 university and community college students with paid on-the-job experience at over 100 arts organizations across LA County this summer.
On February 15, I had the distinct pleasure of joining the County of Los Angeles as Executive Director of the Arts Commission.
The LA County Arts Commission Musicians Roster is a vetted list of Los Angeles County musicians who are available to perform as part of our Free Concerts in Public Sites program. The musicians on the Roster are local, active and representative of the County's diverse musical traditions and cultures. In 2018, we added 24 new musical groups to the Roster. To celebrate, we've created a list of the musicians below. We hope you enjoy. And, of course, we hope you dance!
Read our report on the 2016-17 Research and Evaluation Plan: what we did and why, and some key lessons we learned along the way.
LA County Board of Supervisors Appoints Arts Leader Kristin Sakoda as Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission
The Los Angeles County Arts Commission releases findings from a 18-month survey of arts education in K-12 public schools.