With the approval of a new motion on Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors affirmed its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion across the County. Since passing the LA County Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative of 2017, the Board has adopted a series of steps to ensure that everyone in LA County has equitable access to arts and culture and to improve inclusion in the broader arts ecology.
In April, after the Board unanimously adopted the Declaration of Students Rights to Equity in Arts Learning, the Arts Commission was directed to report back with the necessary steps and budgetary needs for updating the 2002 Arts for All: Los Angeles County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education.
An advisory committee, comprised of diverse arts and community leaders, developed recommendations that would enhance participation and leadership in the arts by individuals from a host of underrepresented communities.
That report, submitted on May 30 and adopted Tuesday, outlines a roadmap to finalizing the Regional Plan for Arts Education — involving County-wide outreach, community forums, online feedback, working groups and community advisors. The process also includes youth, parents, teaching artists, arts organizations, classroom teachers, and school district administrators representing all five Supervisorial Districts.
The freshly-approved report calls for a completed LA County Regional Plan for Arts Education to go before the Board for consideration by Spring 2019.
The Arts Commission will hold a series of town halls across the County where members of the public can share their comments, ideas, and recommendations — part of a broad, inclusive process to increase diversity and equity in the arts.