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In April 2019, The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program,
in partnership with the South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone - the official Promise Zone nonprofit collective that includes representation from over 50 social justice organizations, educational institutions, and other nonprofits working in the area. CF 11-0644-S2 approved the initial submission of the grant application and use of matching funds.
Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) creative placemaking program. Through project-based funding, these grants support projects that
integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities through economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Federal NEA funding has been awarded to support Promise Zone Arts: South LA. The Federally designated South Los Angeles Promise Zone includes the neighborhoods of Leimert Park, Vermont Square, Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw, and connected neighborhoods, located primarily within Los Angeles City Council Districts 8,9, and 10.
The initiative will integrate local artists, cultural practices, and community residents into social justice programs, and will take place July 2019
through May 2021. Community engagement and asset mapping will identify artists, sites, and cultural practices that define these historic communities to retain a sense of place and belonging during this time of rapid change and development in Los Angeles neighborhoods. Artist residencies within social service organizations will develop specialized programs that allow social and human services organizations to work with artists and cultural organizations to achieve mission-related outcomes. Data collected will be evaluated by the University Of Southern California Price School Of Public Policy to help assess and inform how DCA makes community investments, and recommend best-practice cross-sector solutions designed to advance equity and social cohesion, and showcase the transformative value of the arts.
The lead applicant and responsible agency is DCA. SLATE-Z is the primary nonprofit partner (a grant requirement), and will serve as a facilitator and
bridge builder between DCA, LAUSD, and other organizations and businesses in the region. Community engagement and cultural asset mapping will be led by Community Coalition, an area nonprofit with 30 years of experience working to help transform the social and economic conditions in South LA. DCA s Performing Arts Program will help facilitate pilot Artist Residencies within social service organizations, to be selected through an open- call public process facilitated by DCA s Grants Division.
NEA Grant funding will support community-based solutions to systemic social issues. Artist residency projects will focus on youth employment and
training, displacement, immigration, mental health, domestic violence, housing, transportation, and social equity. Ultimately, this project will create a methodology and sustainable system of support to better enable service organizations to work with local artists to advance overall Promise Zone goals, including support for neighborhood and individual economies, mitigating displacement, advancing educational attainment, public safety, and overall wellness.
The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) applied for, and received, a Getty Multicultural Internship (MUI) program award to
support paid stipends for two internships within DCA. The Getty MUI program aims to encourage greater diversity in the professions related to museums and the visual arts. The Getty Foundation created the MUI program to support substantive, full-time summer work opportunities for college undergraduates from cultural backgrounds that have traditionally been underrepresented within the arts. Internships are designed to offer eligible students experience, with an emphasis on careers in the museum and visual art organizations, including as curatorial work, conservation, arts education, publications, and related programmatic activities.
b. APPROPRIATE 12,400 received from the Getty Foundation into the newly established account Getty MUI 19-20 within Fund 337/30;
AUTHORIZE the General Manager of the Department of Cultural Affairs or designee to prepare any Controller s instructions needed to implement actions
approved by the Council and Mayor on matters presented in, or deriving from, the transmittal, and/or to make necessary technical adjustments, and further, request that the Controller implement these instructions.
The Getty Foundation created the MUI program in Los Angeles to encourage greater diversity in the professions related to museums and the visual arts.
It provides funding to government agencies and nonprofit organizations to support summer work opportunities for students from cultural backgrounds that have traditionally been underrepresented in the arts.
For Summer 2019, DCA was awarded two internship positions: one internship will support DCA s Community Arts Division, and provide learning
opportunities at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; the second internship will support digital initiatives for DCA, and will work with the Marketing, Development, Design, and Digital Research Division, located at DCA s administrative offices in the Civic Center area downtown. Interns will be hired through DCA in the position of Community Administrative Support Worker II (class code 1113), and be paid through the City s payroll system. Funding from the Getty Foundation will offset personnel costs for these positions.
The internships are intended for currently enrolled undergraduates and recent graduates residing or attending college in Los Angeles County who are
members of groups underrepresented in careers related to museums and visual arts organizations: including, but not limited to, individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander descent.
8. AUTHORIZE the General Manager of the Department of Cultural Affairs or designee to prepare any Controller's instructions needed to implement
actions approved by the Council and Mayor on matters presented in or deriving from the transmittal, and/or to make necessary technical adjustments, and further, request that the Controller implement these instructions.
The Big Read is a national initiative of the NEA in partnership with Arts Midwest to broaden the public's understanding of our world, our
communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. DCA s 2019 Big Read Program in LA, presented in partnership with the LA Public Library, will mark the eleventh consecutive award from the NEA to DCA in support of this annual literacy initiative. Through the Big Read Program in LA, over 80,000 Angelenos have participated in activities, and DCA has provided more than 20,000 books, funded primarily through grant support, to public school students and community members.
Each Big Read Program LA features a novel, memoir, or poetry collection selected from a pre-approved list, featuring both classic work by authors
such as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and contemporary work featuring living authors. Featured works are selected by DCA, in consultation with the LAPL, LAUSD schools, and program advisors. The Big Read Program in LA consists of in-school and after-school activities, public reading groups, poetry slams, art exhibitions, walking tours, live performances, panels, and art-making workshops.
The 2019 Big Read Program in LA features The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, by Dinaw Mengestu, which received nearly unanimous praise upon
publication for Mengestu's sense of prose and depiction of issues that apply not only to the immigrant experience, but transcend these boundaries. The novel tells the fictional account of an Ethiopian immigrant living in Washington, D.C. and alternates between the past and present - a narrative structure that allows the author to explore topics of loss and identity. Thematically, the story will resonate with Angelenos, and inspire discussion around displacement, identity, and cultural convergence.
Key DCA Big Read in LA Program partners include the Los Angeles Public Library and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) participating
middle and high schools. Additional 2019 partners include: SONY Pictures Entertainment; the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC); Self Help Graphics and Art; the Grammy Museum; KAOS Network; Grand Park / The Music Center; The Center for the Study of Political Graphics; The University of Southern California; and the LA Times Festival of Books.