LACAC Main | Free
Mon, June 5, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Ours is a time of increased political action and civic engagement. Many arts organizations want to get involved, but believe their (c)3 status limits what they can do. A national survey of arts nonprofits found “a widespread misunderstanding … about the allowable scope of their participation in political affairs” –which prevents them – i.e. YOU -- from fully leveraging advocacy and citizen participation.

Knowledge is power, and understanding the ins and outs of nonprofit advocacy rules is key to supporting your organization to stepping in, speaking out, and facilitating change. This free afternoon session, jointly presented by California Lawyers for the Arts and the LA County Arts Commission, will dispel myths, clarify questions, and leave you ready to more fully engage in our current reality.

Liz Bluestein, Vice President and General Counsel, Public Counsel

Cristina Pacheco, consultant, activist, and producer
Nona Randois, Southern CA Director for the Bolder Advocacy Program, Alliance for Justice

Nonprofit arts leaders involved in programming and high-level decision-making for their organization. Board members welcome!

Thu, May 25, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

The LA County Arts Commission is pleased to partner with the County Registrar-Recorder's Office to provide the Deputy Voter Registrar Training Program for organizations and individuals who want to learn how to register voters. Instructional topics include registering voters, assisting election officials with completing voter registration forms and understanding California Election Codes related to registration requirements. 

It's fast, it's free, and your completion of the training will then allow you to train others inside your organization!



Thu, May 18, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Eager to document your artistic processes, but struggling to do so on a budget? This workshop is designed to help you gain confidence and develop strategies for documenting your artistic process and products in order to create artistic samples and digital collateral that highlights your arts organization's strengths. You'll have an opportunity to review and discuss samples and learn how to make the most of documentation tools you already have.


This workshop is geared toward nonprofit administrators who are involved in documenting their organizations' artistic work for marketing, archival, and grant purposes. Current or prospective grantees to the Organizational Grant Program (OGP) or Community Impact Arts Grant (CIAG) who want to brush up their artistic samples are especially encouraged to join us.

Pro tip: Strong documentation processes now = better artistic samples later. Get a head start before OGP and CIAG applications open in the fall! 


NICOLE RADEMACHER is a visual artist mainly working in video, photography, and community engagement. She is currently the Digital Communications Manager for the LA Department of Cultural Affairs. Before that she served the arts community as Director of Communications & Outreach at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica. She has taught arts, particularly as a digital means of expression, in community and university settings in Chicago, North Carolina, France, Spain, Kenya, and Chile.



Fri, April 7, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Like it or not, nearly every arts organization is in the real estate business. Between finding suitable office space, managing rehearsal venues or figuring out whether to rent or buy a permanent home, arts organizations are faced with expensive and sometimes confusing choices all the time.

Real Estate 101 is a full-day workshop designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to make these difficult choices.Topics covered include:

  • Incorporating real estate planning into your strategic plan, key questions to ask about your facilities needs and risks to avoid

  • Standards and recommendations for property asset management

  • Common challenges to long-term facilities planning and maintenance, and how to overcome them

This workshop will be provided free of charge to current Arts Commission OGP grantees. It will focus on mid-sized arts organizations that currently manage facilities, which can include performance, rehearsal, classroom, storage and/or office space, or are intending to expand or acquire space within the next 12 months. It is geared toward chief administrative or financial officer(s), facilities managers or staff equivalent – in short, toward individuals who have decision-making authority within their organization regarding space, budgets and long-term planning.


Dan Rosenfeld is a private read estate investor who alternates between private and public sector service. In the private sector, he served as a senior officer with The Cadillac Fairview Corporation, Tishman-Speyer Properties, and Jones Lang LaSalle. He was a founding member of Urban Partners, LLC, a nationally recognized developer of urban infill, mixed-use and transit-orientated real estate. In the public sector, Mr. Rosenfeld served as Director of Real Estate for the State of California and City of Los Angeles, as as Senior Deputy for Economic Development with Los Angeles County.

Judith N. Frank is principal of ASSET STRATEGIES strategic.  Services focus is on strategic and transactional real estate and facilities issues for corporate, governmental and institutional clients. A major element of this work often involves financing alternatives, comprehensive portfolio strategies, due diligence, project economics, project delivery, government relations, stakeholder outreach, budgeting, and financial control. 


Thu, January 19, 9:30 AM to Thu, January 26, 4:30 PM

 Join the LA County Arts Commission at a two-day Essentials of Human Resources Training offered in conjunction with The Nonprofit Partnership. Topics covered include:

  • Day One (January 19): Best practices & legal aspects of human resources
    • Current regulations impacting the workplace, including new labor law developments
    • Exempt/non-exempt classifications
    • Use of supplemental workforce including interns and contractors
    • How to create an employee handbook
  • Day Two (January 26): Effective recruitment, selection and retention
    • Interviewing tips
    • Best practices in evaluating candidates
    • Managing performance: documentation, feedback, and recognition


Thursday, January 19, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm and Thursday, January 26, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

The LA County Arts Commission, 1055 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 800, 90017

**All current OGP grantee organizations are welcome to attend free of charge. This two-day workshop is geared toward individuals responsible for hiring and supervising employees. Depending on your organization’s size, this may be your Executive Director, Operations Manager, or equivalent.

Questions? Contact Talia at

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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