• Description

In November 2015 the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution directing the LA County Arts Commission to conduct a county wide conversation about ways to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in cultural organizations for all LA County residents, focusing on four key target areas: Boards of Directors, Staffing, Audience/Participants, and Programming. To this the Arts Commission added a fifth: Artists/Creators. Through this process 13 actionable recommendations emerged. These recommendations open the doors to resources and promote tools that can break down barriers of exclusion in ways that foster and promote arts and culture – as well as the benefits they provide – for all residents of LA County. This report describes the process the Arts Commission went through as well as our findings and recommendations. It may also serve as a model for how other agencies - arts or otherwise - can plan and lead other initiatives to improve cultural equity and inclusion for their residents.