The mission of the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture is to advance arts, culture, and creativity throughout LA County. We fulfill our mission by providing services and support in areas including grants and technical assistance for nonprofit organizations; professional development opportunities; commissioning civic artworks and managing the County’s civic art collection; implementing countywide arts education initiatives; research and evaluation; career pathways in the creative economy; free community programs; and cross sector creative strategies that address civic issues. This work is framed by the County’s Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative and a longstanding commitment to fostering access to the arts.
Willowbrook Library celebrates abstract art in this unique collection with the Los Angeles County Art Commission’s Civic Art Program. Each piece selected for the library develops a language through design, pigment, and form to be translated and responded to by the viewer. Interpreted like the written texts in the library, these works offer themselves as artifacts without representational imagery that hold culturally specific and personal narratives, as well as common stories of human understanding. Join Dr. Jill Moniz and artists: Ana Rodriguez, Miguel Osuna, Duane Paul, Joe Sims, and Rosalyn Myles in celebration of the new Willowbrook Library.
The 2018 gathering of LA County Arts Interns in Little Tokyo! Throughout the day interns will get glimpses into the culture of this historic area as well as take part in interactive workshops exploring what it means to be an intern and what might be in store for them (and for the arts in Los Angeles). LA County is the most populous county in the United States with more than 10 million residents. It boasts the largest concentration of people engaged in creative industries—in fact, the creative industries are its sixth largest employer! Fashion, design, electronic games, Silicon Beach, film, television, entertainment, and popular music are all a part of those creative industries. The Arts Summit will address some of the characteristics of the nonprofit arts world within the County, as well as how artists and organizations work within this decentralized metropolis that is spread out over 88 cities and more than 4,000 square miles
An outdoor photo installation and online, Story map Tour celebrating the people who work along Littlerock's Pearblossom highway.
Positively Littlerock is part of the Real93543 project, created by artist-in-residence Robin Rosenthal for the Antelope Valley Art Outpost initiative and managed by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
$1 tacos by Que Paisa
Frutas by El Pirata
Bake sale and Folklorico demos by Studio 8135
Snow cones by Alpine PTO
Music by Highway 138
The County’s Civic Art Policy dedicates 1% of capital project funds to create civic art at County’s facilities. Through the renovation and expansion of the Martin Luther King Medical Campus, the County has invested over $1.5 million to create civic art in and around this campus because we all believe healthy people and healthy communities are fostered through art.
The LA County Arts Commission invites the pubic to attend a dedication ceremony for Endless Miles, the artwork created by Rob Ley and located on East parking structure of the Martin Luther King Medical Campus. The work was inspired by the many historical, cultural, economic, and infrastructure evolutions experienced by the neighborhood of Willowbrook.
A tour of the Golden State Mutual collection exhibit led by Dr. Jill Moniz.
About the Collection
In November, 2015, Los Angeles County acquired 125 artworks that were originally part of the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance art collection. The Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company was once the largest African American owned business in the West. William Nickerson, Jr. started the company after he moved to Los Angeles in the 1920s and discovered that many Black residents in the city could not obtain life insurance policies. The company amassed one of the largest collections of African American art in the United States. William Pajaud, who worked in the public relations division, founded the collection. An established artist himself, he became the curator of the collection and oversaw its growth over 22 years, collecting more than 200 artworks by well-known artists such as Richmond Barthé, Hale Woodruff, Charles Alston, Varnette P. Honeywood, Charles White, Betye Saar, David Hammons and Willie Middlebrook. In 2007 the company went out of business and was forced to sell the art collection to cover debts. LA County Second District Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas heard about pieces from the art collection being sold off throughout the United States. He felt strongly that the remainder of the collection should stay intact and in Los Angeles County. He wanted to make this important collection more accessible and known to the citizens of Los Angeles County. Two other Golden State Mutual art exhibits are currently on view at the A C Bilbrew Library and the Willowbrook Senior Center, also curated by Dr. Jill Moniz.
In June 2017 the Board of Supervisors approved funding for five recommendations included in the Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative report. At this time the Board of Supervisors directed the Arts Commission to maintain a CEII Advisory Committee as a standing committee of the Arts Commission. This is the first meeting of the newly selected Advisory Committee.
Applicants will learn about the Vermont Corridor building and the application process for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art program.
To RSVP, email email@example.com by 6PM on Friday, May 4, 2018. No late RSVPs will be accepted.
As LA County works to find sustainable solutions to the humanitarian crisis of homelessness, the role of the Arts Commission has been to catalyze the community of architects, designers, planners, and creative strategists to reimagine the potential of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) as a housing typology that works in conjunction with other strategies to help alleviate LA County’s housing pressure.
On April 27, 2018 the Arts Commission will honor the winners of the architectural design competition Part of the Solution: Yes to ADU. This competition stemmed from the Commission’s work in partnership with the Homeless Initiative, Department of Regional Planning, and the Community Development Commission on Strategy F4: Second Dwelling Unit Pilot Program.
With proposals submitted by architects throughout LA County, representing a range of backgrounds and experiences from students to established practitioners, the competition assembled a tangible index of possibilities that can help policy makers, architects, and home owners implement ADU’s in their communities.
A panel discussion on the topics of innovative solutions to building ADUs, present building codes, current designs as well as engineering and construction best practices. Facilitated by the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design
While LA County confronts this shared humanitarian crisis and works to find a path forward, the Arts Commission, as a partner in the Homeless Initiative’s Second Dwelling Units Pilot Program, is helping to promote the development of ADUs by gathering ideas as a resource to generate solutions for affordable housing. As a part of this, the LA County Arts Commission put on the Yes to ADU Design Competition, which invited artists and architects interested in the role of ADUs as part of the solution to solve LA County's homless crisis to submit designs for their own ADU Solutions.