Monday, April 4, 2016


Public Invited To Join the Conversation on
Diversity in Arts and Culture in Los Angeles County
Town Halls Begin in May and Are FREE to Attend
RSVP Encouraged



The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an arts diversity motion in November 2015 that directed the Arts Commission to establish an advisory committee of diverse arts/community leaders within the County to develop recommendations for ways to enhance the participation and leadership of individuals from underrepresented communities in the arts.


The Advisory Committee guides the effort, titled the Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative, by helping shape its vision, goals and recommendations, focusing on diversity in five key areas: staff, boards, audience, programming and creators/artists.  It is being led by co-chairs Tim Dang, Producing Artist Director at East West Players, Helen Hernandez, President and Founder of The Imagen Foundation and Executive Producer of the Imagen Awards, and Maria Rosario Jackson, a senior advisor to the Arts and Culture Program at The Kresge Foundation and adjunct faculty at Claremont Graduate University.


As a part of the process, a series of FREE town halls are taking place throughout Los Angeles County and members of the general public are invited to join the conversation and share their comments, ideas and recommendations. Town hall participants will take an active role in helping shape the future of arts and culture in LA County.


Town halls are part of a large, inclusive process that will culminate with a report back to the Board of Supervisors with actionable recommendations for the County and the field-at-large.


Additional support for the initiative provided by the Weingart Foundation and the Durfee Foundation. In collaboration with Arts for LA.



Dates, times and locations vary. See schedule below for details.



Town halls are FREE but attendees are encouraged to RSVP at The public is invited to attend as many town halls as wanted.



Food will be provided. To read the motion and learn more about the Los Angeles County Arts and Culture Initiative, visit


PRESS CONTACT (not for publication):

Leticia Rhi Buckley, Director of Communications and Marketing

(213) 202-5935 (office),



LA County Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative




Monday, May 2

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Torrance Cultural Arts Center

3330 Civic Center Drive

Torrance 90503

In partnership with the City of Torrance Cultural Services Division


Monday, May 16

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Arts and Recreation Center

City of Baldwin Park

14403 East Pacific Avenue

Baldwin Park 91706

In partnership with the City of Baldwin Park


Wednesday, May 25

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

1855 Main Street

Santa Monica 90401

In partnership with the City of Santa Monica


Saturday, May 14

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

DA Center for the Arts

252 South Main Street

Pomona 91766

In partnership with the DA Center for the Arts


Saturday, May 21

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Museum of Art + History

665 West Lancaster Boulevard

Lancaster 93534

In partnership with the Lancaster Museum of Art & History and the Lancaster Museum and Public Art Foundation



Wednesday, June 1

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Natural History Museum

900 Exposition Boulevard

Los Angeles 90007

In partnership with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County


Wednesday, June 15

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Valley Performing Arts Center

18111 Nordhoff Street

Northridge 91330

In partnership with the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)


Wednesday, June 22

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Santa Clarita Sports Complex

20880 Center Pointe Parkway                    

Santa Clarita 91350

In partnership with the City of Santa Clarita


Saturday, June 4

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Armory Center for the Arts

145 N Raymond Avenue     

Pasadena 91106

In partnership with the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division and the Armory Center for the Arts


Saturday, June 18

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Veteran's Memorial Building

4117 Overland Avenue        

Culver City 90230

In partnership with the City of Culver City


Monday, June 27

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Museum of Latin American Art

628 Alamitos Avenue          

Long Beach 90802

In partnership with the Museum of Latin American Art and the Arts Council of Long Beach


Additional town hall in South Gate to be announced shortly.

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