City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
DCA generates & supports high quality arts & cultural experiences for LA’s 4 million residents & 26 million annual visitors. DCA supports artists & cultural projects through the following Divisions: The Grants Administration Division awards grants to over 270 LA-based artists & cultural organizations. The Public Art Division funds the creation & maintenance of all public art on City property or private commercial d … Read More
DCA generates & supports high quality arts & cultural experiences for LA’s 4 million residents & 26 million annual visitors. DCA supports artists & cultural projects through the following Divisions: The Grants Administration Division awards grants to over 270 LA-based artists & cultural organizations. The Public Art Division funds the creation & maintenance of all public art on City property or private commercial developments. The Community Arts Division manages 25 neighborhood arts & cultural centers (e.g., Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood); theaters (e.g., Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro); & historic sites (e.g., the Watts Towers; Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House). DCA’s Marketing & Development Division markets the City's arts & cultural organizations & leads DCA’s development efforts with the corporate community.
DCA is spearheading a number of initiatives that directly address the LA2050 indicators. In Housing, DCA is working with the Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation & Artspace, an organization dedicated to creating sustainably affordable space for artists & arts organizations, to build the Broadway Arts Center (BAC) - a mixed-used facility to include approximately 100 affordable live/work units, along with rehearsal & performance space. The BAC will be part of the Broadway Cultural Quarter, anticipated to include a downtown campus for CalArts’ MFA Theater program, creative industry incubator space, and upper-floor offices for creative businesses and startups.
The Watts Our Town initiative, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, brings together community members and stakeholders to design an artistic “green” pathway connecting the 103rd Street Metro Station to the Watts Towers. Environmental Quality is promoted by replacing existing concrete walkways with grass and trees, and Social Connectedness is encouraged by repurposing a historic train station into a visitors center and gallery.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Media Literacy Program currently serves nearly 1600 high school students annually. The program includes film screenings and group discussions, along with visits from filmmakers and industry professionals. It is designed to help students improve analytical skills to encourage thoughtful interaction with film. In addition, the Academy is building the world’s largest movie museum - the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures - next to the LACMA campus. Providing students with access to this museum and to LACMA, as well as expanding to programs, will be an integral part of LA Creates!
The LA Fund, recently launched “Arts Matter,” an unprecedented campaign to revitalize arts education in LAUSD. Developed to drive public awareness for the critical role of arts education in public schools, the campaign includes leading contemporary artists, including Barbara Kruger and John Baldessari, as well as LA entertainment, civic, and education leaders.