LOS ANGELES -- City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell welcomed Grammy-nominated artist Aloe Blacc, Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez, and hundreds of art advocates to celebrate ArtsDay in LA, which honors the contributions of artists in the City of Angels.
The event, which is in its fourth year, took place Tuesday, April 14th in the John Ferraro Council Chamber at City Hall. O’Farrell hosted the celebration and acknowledged the recent accomplishments on the City Council that help promote more art in our communities: a fix in the Arts Development Fee to incorporate more public art in neighborhoods, and funding the preservation, restoration, and creation of Los Angeles murals.
“Art can help us make sense of our lives and the world around us,” said Councilmember O’Farrell, Chair of the City’s Arts, Parks, Health, Aging and the Los Angeles River Committee. “Let us cherish arts in LA, and let us celebrate art and all who work day in and day out to elevate cultural expression. Thanks you for helping us understand each other a little better.”
The Councilmember also acknowledged the work in the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and its collaborative launch of the new Creative Economic Development Fund for startup ventures or micro-sized creative enterprises.
“Hearing the words of recognition and support from the Councilmembers at ArtsDay LA about how the arts and culture fuel Los Angeles was inspiring,” said Danielle Brazell, DCA general manager. “ArtsDay LA confirms what we all know - that creativity drives our economy, makes our communities stronger, and builds a healthy LA!”
The event was a collaboration between O’Farrell’s office and the non-profit group Arts for LA. Sponsors included the aviation giant Boeing, the California Community Foundation, and the David Bohnett Foundation. Attendees were also treated to a performance by spoken word artists Get Lit Players.
“Los Angeles is a City that cultivates and grows creative voices and big thinkers,” said Sofia Klatzker, Executive Director for Arts for LA, who also spoke before the full City Council during the presentation. ”Let’s continue to make arts and culture a priority for our communities.”
“As leaders, it is our responsibility to support our youth’s right to exercise their creative minds, and ensure that the talent pipeline is full of students who learn how to think beyond the science and mathematical boundaries,” ” said James Schultz, a director at Boeing.
Councilmember Tom LaBonge and Arts for LA started the ArtsDay LA tradition four years. LaBonge, who retires in June, was presented with a certificate for his work to bring this event to the Council chamber.