The Los Angeles County Arts Commission seeks a consultant to facilitate the planning and implementation processes for the creation of an updated LA County Arts Education Regional Plan. The consultant will work closely with Arts Commission Staff and the Arts Ed Collective Leadership Council to implement a robust public engagement process and write a regional plan.

Initial planning for this project has identified the following strategic planning tasks:

  • Conduct a collaborative public participation process consisting of advisory committee meetings, community forums, working groups, and resource meetings
  • Integrate stakeholder conversations that address the issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the facilitation process
  • Incorporate interactive arts experience into all community forums
  • Implement a strategy that enables school and community leaders to engage their local networks of students and parents in the regional planning process
  • Work closely with the Arts Commission staff to write the Arts Education Regional Plan based on recommendations surfaced through the process

History

In 2002, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors established the Arts Ed Collective to align efforts across the region with the ambitious goal that LA County’s 1.5 million public school students receive a well-rounded education that includes the arts. The Arts Ed Collective is comprised of policy makers, educators, arts organizations, teaching artists, funders, business leaders, and community advocates. Strategic direction for the initiative is guided by the Leadership Council and the Funders Council. The LA County Arts Commission staff coordinates the initiative and the LA County Office of Education (LACOE) provides curriculum and instructional services for educators Countywide.

In April 2018, LA County became the first local government in California to formally adopt the Declaration of Students’ Rights to Equity in Arts Learning, recognizing the importance of arts education for all students regardless of race, culture, religion, national origin, place of residence, socio-economic, or legal status. Consequently, the Board of Supervisors identified the need for an updated regional plan for arts education that reflects the current priorities and educational landscape of LA County, and subsequently directed the Arts Commission to report back with the process, plan, and budgetary needs for updating the 2002 Arts for All: LA County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education. The Arts Commission reported back with a process that would involve County-wide outreach, community forums, online feedback, working groups, the LA County Arts Ed Collective Leadership Council, and community advisors. The process would also include youth, parents, teaching artists, arts organizations, classroom teachers, and school district administrators representing all five LA County Supervisorial Districts.

The Arts Ed Collective has recently coordinated the following research and community engagement processes that will guide and inform the update of the Regional Plan for Art Education.

  • The Arts Education Innovation Lab develops and tests strategies for accomplishing the goals of the Arts Ed Collective at scale across LA County. This working group has focused on examining and eliminating persistent inequities in arts education with events and actions that enable the stakeholder to brainstorm solutions, develop prototypes, and test their hypotheses. They have identified shared goals and strategies to bring arts education to scale in a Framework for Action that can serve as a launch pad for stakeholder engagement within the Regional Plan for Arts Education process.
  • The Arts Ed Profile is a report and tool that tells a story about the current state of public arts education in LA County. Completed in 2017, this study finds that arts education is part of the curriculum in most LA County public schools, that its quality can be improved, and that persistent problems of equity must be addressed if we are to ensure that all students have the benefits of high quality arts education. The Arts Ed Profile online tool enables the public to see the status of arts education at any school in LA County. Schools will be updating their data annually; current data will be released in February 2019.
  • Developing work-based learning opportunities and career pathways for young people (with an emphasis on students of color, low-income students, LGBTQ students, students with disabilities, current/former foster youth, and youth on probation) is a key funded recommendation of LA County’s Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative (CEII). In early 2019, the Arts Commission will release a field scan of creative pathways for youth. The field scan will provide an analysis of the current state of creative careers and recommendations for improving and expanding access.

Timeline

The project will begin immediately upon execution of contract with consultants. The target completion of the Regional Plan process is September 30, 2019.

Budget And Cost Estimates

The budget will be determined based on the lowest cost, highest quality proposal estimates.

Desired Qualifications

The ideal consultant(s), which may be a firm or team, will have

  • Demonstrated experience conducting community engagement, stakeholder facilitation, and strategic planning processes
  • Demonstrated understanding of the arts, culture, and education ecosystems of LA County
  • Expertise as relates to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the arts and within education, and ability to authentically engage stakeholders of diverse backgrounds with competency
  • Track record of client collaboration and clear communication
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Capacity to complete the tasks described in this RFQ within the time frame provided
  • Commitment to providing exceptional customer service and responding to client requests in a timely fashion

Selection Criteria

Consultants will be selected based on the relevance of the principals’ qualifications and experience, the quality of the methodology and work samples, the ability to commit to the timeline, and cost efficiency.

Selection Process

Interested consultants should submit the requested materials. Selection will be based on an interview process. Consultants may be asked to submit a full proposal for review before final selection.

To Apply


Interested consultants are encouraged to contact Arts Commission staff immediately to discuss this opportunity and address all questions. Please email Megan Kirkpatrick, Senior Manager, mkirkpatrick@arts.lacounty.gov with the subject line “Arts Ed Regional Plan RFQ” to arrange a phone meeting.

To apply, please submit the following items to Megan Kirkpatrick, Senior Manager, Arts Education at mkirkpatrick@arts.lacounty.gov

  • A statement of interest that includes consultant’s methodology for strategic planning processes (no longer than two pages)
  • Resume(s) of all key personnel who will work on the project
  • A fee proposal for this project
  • At least three relevant work samples that demonstrate how you meet the eligibility requirements (this may include links to online work samples
  • Three professional references

Deadline

Materials will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, but no later than November 26, 2018 | 5PM PDT.

Additional Information

  • Late responses will not be considered.
  • The Arts Commission reserves the right to accept or reject any and all responses received, or hire a vendor through another process.
  • This request for qualifications does not constitute an offer to contract or a promise for remuneration, recognition, or any other thing. Submission of any materials in response to this request for proposals will not constitute an express or implied contract. The information contained and/or any program or event described herein may be changed, amended, modified, canceled, revoked, or abandoned without notice at any time and for any reason at the sole discretion of the Arts Commission or the County of Los Angeles.
  • If the consultant is selected they will be required to enter into a contract with the County of Los Angeles.