Wed, July 11, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
| City Terrace Library

Using resources from various ends of the musical spectrum while taking cues from traditional mariachi sounds and blending layers of modern sonics, De'Anza is a breath of fresh air in a rather smoggy metropolis. Redefining what it is to be Latin Alternative, De'Anza creates an eclectic mix of music, crossing borders and boundaries, resulting in a new take on an old form.

With strong songwriting skills at her music's core, De'Anza's voice is what sets her apart from the pack. With backing musicians representing various Latin American countries, De'Anza is able to indulge in an array of sounds and rhythms. The base recipe for her hypnotic style starts with the folkloric sound of the Mexican vihuela, a pinch of electronics to create her signature sound with the end result being a fiery concoction of a upbeat, festive performances.

 

Sat, July 21, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
| Obregon Park

In surf lingo, hodad means “one who poses as a surfer.” Though none of the members of this party band would be caught dead on a surfboard, rest assured that these talented entertainers are no pretenders. The Hodads combine high energy music, stylish outfits, celebrity impersonations, and audience participation into extraordinary performances. With themes such as “California Beach Party,” “Blues Bros.,” “Motown Revue,” “Disco ‘70s,” “Psychedelic ‘60s,” “'50s Sock Hop,” “Country Western,” “Yacht Club,” “Hollywood,” and “Classic Rock Show,” the Hodads showcase their keen ability to engage with all kinds of audiences.

Sat, September 29, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
| Walnut Library

Accompanied by her accordion, her toy piano, and a fiery band, LA-based chanteuse and songwriter Jessica Fichot draws from her multi-ethnic French/Chinese/American heritage to create an intoxicating multilingual fusion of French chanson, Shanghai jazz, gypsy swing, and international folk. With three acclaimed albums under her belt (Le Chemin, Le Secret, and Dear Shanghai), Jessica has brought her music to audiences around the world–regularly performing in China, Mexico, Canada, Western Europe, and the United States. Jessica’s music has been hailed as "enchantingly original" by LA Weekly and "a glittering testament to L.A.’s multiculturalism" by LA Times.

Sat, September 15, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
| El Monte Library

Grammy® award winner, Rosalie Elena Rodriguez, is no stranger to the blending of Latin American roots and rhythms. A Mexican-American, Puerto Rican-native of California and a third generation Mariachi musician, she is uniquely gifted with a sultry style that blends tropical, afro-peruvian, jazz, and mariachi flavors. Her first solo album, Frente a Frente, opens the door to the intimacy of love, loss, and pain while seamlessly fusing traditional Cuban and Mexican bolero with the Afro-rooted Peruvian sounds of the Cajón

Fri, July 20, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
| Dalton Park

Sgt. Peppers is a Beatles tribute band that performs everyone’s favorite Beatles songs. Beatles fans will have nostalgia as the band performs dressed up in the Ed Sullivan Show black suits, the Sgt. Peppers outfits and Abbey Road clothing. Sgt. Peppers employs the same vintage instruments and amplifiers used by the Beatles to replicate what a Beatles performance would have sounded like live.

Sat, December 9, 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
| Ken Miller Recreation Center

Calling artists and arts administrators in and around Torrance! Join us at a FREE morning of networking and learning with the LA County Arts Commission. The Tune-Up will include an opportunity to participate in three 40-minute roundtable sessions on a variety of topics. Visit info tables and continue conversations with colleagues between sessions!

Roundtable session descriptions:

Getting Your Sh*t Together (GYST) 
Presented by Karen Atkinson 
Investing in yourself as a creative individual is the best thing you can do for your career. Introducing GYST and its motto: “making life better for artists” (including those who run organizations)! This session will cover the steps to GYSTing, including where to find free resources on everything from securing loans to finding a workspace, software to help you organize using sustainable business principles, steps to get your own career up-and-running and helpful tips that just make life easier.

Navigating the Gig Economy
Presented by Pete Galindo
The gig economy -- with its emphasis on freelancers, temps, and contract workers – is exploding. While its flexibility is undoubtedly appealing to many, it can also appear daunting. This session will explore how to make this new economic model work for you, with particular focus on the needs and ambitions of creatives. Learn how to juggle multiple gigs while maintaining your sanity – and how to make the most of the opportunities available in our increasingly entrepreneurial world.

Getting Started in Practicing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Presented by Patricia Garza
As artists and arts administrators we need to be aware of how changing demographics are impacting our field. This session will begin a conversation around current equity, diversity, and inclusion practices including examining language and vocabulary and understanding the intersectionality of identity. We will start to unpack these large ideas together and leave with deeper questions, new concepts, and first steps of how to deepen awareness around these important topics.

Branding Development & Management
Presented by Brittany Gash

In this crash course, you will learn how to craft and develop a solid and recognizable brand that aligns directly with your artistic and/or organizational goals. You will also leave with an understanding on how to develop long term marketing strategies that differentiate your brand from your competition. Discussion topics include brand elements, appealing to your target audience, brand audits and tips for brand leveraging and promotion.

Advocacy 101: Take Action
Presented by Karen Louis
We play a significant role in the change we hope to see in the world. Our work as advocates takes place not only locally, but also at the state and federal levels. In this workshop, participants will explore their potential as change-makers and leaders in the world, and also dive into easy ways to take action and ignite change.

Successful Grantwriting Strategies for Emerging Nonprofits
Presented by Marie Kellier

Do you feel like you spend more time grantwriting than developing your programs? Or do you feel so discouraged by the process that you pass on grant opportunities altogether? This session will empower you with best practices designed to help you focus your efforts, maximize efficiency, build and maintain fruitful relationships with funders, and ultimately develop an effective grantwriting infrastructure for your organization. We will also discuss new trends in institutional philanthropy, and how to take advantage of your organization's cultural assets in this new, competitive environment.

Social Practice: Bringing Art to the Public Sphere
Presented by Chelo Montoya
This session engages art practitioners and interested community members in a conversation about social practice. With the rising demand for community engagement in grant funded projects, social practice has become a core element in creative placemaking initiatives. In this session, we will discuss examples of current works and practices that offer effective strategies and information about artists’ approaches to working in the public sphere, and how community members can best advocate for effective use of allocated resources.

Tools & Tips for Creative Negotiation & Conflict Resolution
Presented by Rebecca Ruschell
How we respond to, manage conflict, and negotiate both internally and externally, will often determine how well we function in our personal, professional, and creative lives. In this session, you will learn a robust combination of negotiation, de-escalation and communication tools and techniques. The goal is to provide practical tools and tips that empower you with effective, creative methods to resolve a broad variety of conflicts.

Many Seats at the Table: How to Foster Collaboration Between and Across Artists, Organizations and Regions
Presented by Griselda Suarez
Collaboration between artists and arts organizations continues to be trendy… and difficult to achieve. If you’re eager to band together with others in your community, but unsure of how to start, this session is for you! Using the case study of the Arts the Council for Long Beach's efforts to add more residents, artists and arts leaders “to the table” for public art projects, this session will walk through strategic, programming and developmental actions needed to foster diverse participation for the benefit of a broader goal.

Building Meaningful Cross-Sector Partnerships: A Case Study
Presented by Diana Toledo
What does it look like when an arts organization partners with a non-arts organization, not to meet an operational or administrative need, but around its core creative work? And what does creative placemaking look like on the ground, in the weeds? This session will deconstruct CONTRA-TIEMPO's multi-year partnership with Community Coalition in South L.A. to share the vision, the value, the challenges, and the lessons learned from doing powerful work at the intersection of dance, social justice, and community-building.

Budgeting Basics
Presented by Brandon Turner

Do not be afraid. Budgets can be fun. They can be a time to think of all the possibilities for the next year, consider clearly any changes that need to be made and provide you with the narrative to impress your board and funders, please your accountants and give your staff peace of mind. This session will focus on your chart of accounts and how to develop realistic project and organizational budgets. We will also discuss the art of crafting grant budgets and the importance of tracking cash flow. Sample budgets will be provided.

 

Sat, September 16, 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Calling artists and arts administrators in and around San Gabriel! Join us at a FREE morning of networking and learning with the LA County Arts Commission. The Tune-Up will include an opportunity to participate in three 40-minute roundtable sessions on a variety of topics. Visit info tables and continue conversations with colleagues between sessions!

NOTE: Informational sessions on the Arts Commission's Organizational Grant Program (OGP) and Community Impact Arts Grant (CIAG) Program will follow directly after the Tune-Up.

Roundtable session descriptions:

Getting Your Sh*t Together (GYST)
Presented by Karen Atkinson
Investing in yourself as a creative individual is the best thing you can do for your career. Introducing GYST and its motto: “making life better for artists” (including those who run organizations)! This session will cover the steps to GYSTing, including where to find free resources on everything from securing loans to finding a workspace, software to help you organize using sustainable business principles, steps to get your own career up-and-running and helpful tips that just make life easier.

Navigating the Gig Economy
Presented by Pete Galindo
The gig economy -- with its emphasis on freelancers, temps, and contract workers – is exploding. While its flexibility is undoubtedly appealing to many, it can also appear daunting. This session will explore how to make this new economic model work for you, with particular focus on the needs and ambitions of creatives. Learn how to juggle multiple gigs while maintaining your sanity – and how to make the most of the opportunities available in our increasingly entrepreneurial world.

Tangible Tools for Individuals and Organizations Practicing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Presented by Patricia Garza
As artists we need to be aware of how changing demographics are impacting our field. This session will focus on current equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) practices including examining language and vocabulary and understanding the intersectionality of identity. Explore activities and action plans for getting started in EDI work or deepening your personal practice. Leave with tools and to join the growing movement of working towards equity through the arts.

Branding Development & Management
Presented by Brittany Gash

In this crash course, you will learn how to craft and develop a solid and recognizable brand that aligns directly with your artistic and/or organizational goals. You will also leave with an understanding on how to develop long term marketing strategies that differentiate your brand from your competition. Discussion topics include brand elements, appealing to your target audience, brand audits and tips for brand leveraging and promotion.

Your Fundraising Plan
Presented by Leslie Graham
While fundraising might not be your favorite thing to do, the secret to success is to make a plan that works for you, your team and your organization. Come prepared to build an action plan for the next year. In this workshop we will focus on non-grant revenue strategies: targeting individual donors, securing corporate sponsorships, and more. Come with your fundraising goal in mind and be prepared to discuss your ideas with a stranger!

Advocacy 101: Take Action
Presented by Abril Iniguez-Rivas
We play a significant role in the change we hope to see in the world. Our work as advocates takes place not only locally, but also at the state and federal levels. In this workshop, participants will explore their potential as change-makers and leaders in the world, and also dive into easy ways to take action and ignite change.

Diversifying & Managing Your Board: A View from the Inside
Presented by Diane Luby Lane

The Arts Commission’s recent Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative emphasized the critical role that board diversification plays in helping organizations better respond to community needs while addressing broader cultural equity gaps in the nonprofit ecosystem. How can small and mid-sized arts organizations start working this goal? What questions, challenges, and unanticipated benefits might arise?  Come gain an on-the-ground perspective from a local arts leader who has put ideas into practice, while sharing your own experiences and lessons learned.

Social Practice: Bringing Art to the Public Sphere
Presented by Chelo Montoya
This session engages art practitioners and interested community members in a conversation about social practice. With the rising demand for community engagement in grant funded projects, social practice has become a core element in creative placemaking initiatives. In this session, we will discuss examples of current works and practices that offer effective strategies and information about artists’ approaches to working in the public sphere, and how community members can best advocate for effective use of allocated resources.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Making Successful Presentations
Presented by Judith Teitelman

This session will focus on how best to present yourself, your work, and your projects to producers, curators, presenters, agents, gallerists, investors, funders, journalists and critics. You will learn how to strengthen your communication skills, as well as enhance your listening abilities.Whether you’re an artist, arts business owner or arts administrator, this session is a great opportunity to polish your presentation skills, gain a new perspective on how you see yourself and how others perceive you, and optimize your chances of getting what you ask for.

Sat, October 15, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Several workshops will be held throughout the County between September and October for new and returning applicants to the Organizational Grant Program (OGP). These workshops will include information on the OGP application including a walkthrough of the guidelines, which have been recently updated, eligibility requirements and tips on submitting strong proposals. New applicants and applicants that did not receive funding the last time they applied to the OGP are required to attend a workshop. For detailed information, visit lacountyarts.org/grantsapply.

 

Sat, February 25, 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Calling artists and arts administrators in and around West Hollywood! Join us at a FREE morning of networking and learning with the LA County Arts Commission. Choose from ten roundtable sessions covering grantwriting, budgeting, marketing, social practice, arts education, and much more! Session descriptions are available on the registration page.

Tue, November 15, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Join us for round two of a discussion on building pathways to the creative workforce.

Education and industry stakeholders are reconvening to share strategies, align resources and learn about promising practices for increasing student access to jobs in the creative economy.

Discover exemplary college and career programming that is recasting the ways we prepare students to participate in Los Angeles County's media arts and entertainment industry.

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