Los Angeles County is the largest and most diverse county in the Country. To further the County’s commitment to arts, culture, and diversity, today the Board of Supervisors passed a motion, co-authored by arts advocates Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda L. Solis, to become the first municipality in California to adopt and establish the State of California’s Declaration of Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning.
“Exposureto the arts is a critical and fundamental component of the learning experience. Through arts learning, students build the necessary social, analytical, and creative skills needed to excel in the workplace,” said Supervisor Solis. “Through public arts galleries and murals, free LA Phil concerts, and much more, I have seen how the arts have brought our communities together and enriched the lives of our residents. I am proud to join the State of California in our mission to bring the arts to every corner of the County.”
“This is a particularly critical time for us to recognize the healing transcendence of the arts. With the White House threatening public support for the arts, LA County is affirming the fact that the arts play a vital role in every person’s life,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. “The poet Thomas Merton wrote, ‘Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.’ We want to make sure that the life-changing power of the arts is within the reach of every LA student.”
The Declaration of Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning was drafted by California’s statewide arts education coalition, known as Create CA, and outlines the rights of all students to a high-quality arts education regardless of race, culture, language, religion, national origin, place of residence, socioeconomic, or legal status. Today’s motion makes these rights applicable to the County, which includes every student’s right to arts learning, arts participation, and arts educators. The full Declaration can be read here.
Supervisors Solis and Kuehl have prioritized increasing arts access to all communities in the County. Last April, the Board passed a motion, authored by Supervisor Solis and co-authored by Supervisor Kuehl, to improve diversity throughout the County’s arts programming and provide funding through the Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative (CEII). Additionally, in 2015, the Board of Supervisors passed Supervisor Solis’ motion directing the County Arts Commission to establish an advisory group of diverse arts leaders.
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