July 18, 2018|

Employment Opportunity: Communications Coordinator

About


The LA County Arts Commission (LACAC) seeks a full-time Communications Coordinator. Reporting to the Director of Communications and working closely with the arts education and communications teams, the Communications Coordinator will be responsible for implementing public information programs for the LA County Arts Education Collective. The LA County Arts Education Collective, formerly Arts for All, is dedicated to making the arts core in public education. LACAC staff coordinates the regional effort and the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) provides curriculum and instructional services for educators Countywide.

Responsibilities


Content Development and Dissemination

  • Develop, collect, write, and disseminate stories from the field that support the Arts Ed Collective and the importance of arts in core curriculum of K-12 students as well as benefits to the workforce
  • Support regional development and implementation of an arts education public will campaign
  • Coordinate the development and dissemination of a monthly e-newsletter
  • Research and share available arts education resources and opportunities through moderation of the Arts Education Roundtable listserv
  • Update content, troubleshoot and maintain the Arts Ed Collective website (LACountyArtsEdCollective.org)using Drupal CMS

Publicity

  • Coordinate and execute public relations activities
  • Maintain an outlet through radio, television, and the press for announcements of programs and activities and develop material to be presented
  • Develop press releases, fact sheets, and other media material to ensure proper representation of Arts Ed Colelctive and its programs
  • Organize press database
  • Monitor press coverage and archive press clippings

General Administrative

  • Coordinate day-to-day communications duties including developing presentations, graphic elements, and general correspondence
  • Serve as the first point of contact for general communications inquiries
  • Maintain Arts Ed Collective master activity calendar and identify publicity opportunities for priority activities such as the development of the LA County Arts Education Regional Plan
  • Prepare a monthly report of Arts Ed Collective activities
  • Prepare analytics and metrics for website(s)
  • Occasional attendance at special events
  • Support social media efforts

Required Experience/Education/Skills


  • A minimum of three years of communications experience in public relations and/or journalism
  • An understanding of the public education system in Los Angeles County and the field of community arts education organizations
  • A Familiarity with cultural equity & inclusion, diversity programs and/or outreach efforts to specific communities
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Solid time management and the ability to work independently
  • Experience with Microsoft Dynamics, Google Analytics, and Emma email marketing, or comparable software solutions
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, and PowerPoint
  • Familiarity with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and/or Photoshop software
  • Experience copy editing for websites as well as cropping/resizing/compressing images

How to Apply


Candidates are invited to submit a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples (up to five pages each, in PDF format). Resumes should include a list of software proficiencies and note the skill level attained for each application. All submissions should be emailed to artsedcollective@arts.lacounty.gov with Communications Coordinator as the subject line. Please do not submit any application materials through the US mail, or phone regarding the status of the submission. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Position will remain open until the staffing need is met.

Compensation


$3,700-$4,300 monthly contract, depending on experience.

Background


The Los Angeles County Arts Commission fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County, encompassing 88 municipalities and nearly 140 unincorporated areas, and provides leadership in cultural services. In addition to coordinating the LA County Arts Education Collective, the Arts Commission funds over 360 nonprofit arts organizations through a two-year $9 million grant program, funds the largest arts internship program in the country, and manages the County’s civic art policy.

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workforce.

 

December 8, 2017|

LA County Arts Commission Presents Findings From Arts Ed Profile at Education Summit

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission releases findings from a 18-month survey of arts education in K-12 public schools. The Arts Ed Profile was administered to all 2,277 schools across LA County, including 81 districts, four charter school networks as well as a few individual charter schools.

Read the Full Press Release

December 13, 2017|

Arts Now: LA County Summit Resources

The Arts Now: LA County Arts Education Summit marked 15 years of coordinated efforts in arts education for the County, and was co-presented by the LA County Arts Ed Collective, the California Alliance for Arts Education, Arts for LA and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The event was part of the statewide Arts Now Campaign, which works to shed light on school districts and counties that are currently working to improve the quality of student education through the arts, and to encourage others to prioritize arts education in a K-12 educational setting.

Below, resources and presentation materials can be found and downloaded.

Resources

Breakout One

Breakout Two

Breakout Three

October 26, 2017|

Virtual reality, graffiti and other ideas to expand arts instruction

By Carla Javier/KPCC

California law requires schools to offer arts instruction from first to 12th grade. But, in practice, not all students are getting equitable access to arts education.

So the Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective is trying a new approach: forming an Arts Ed Innovation Lab, and working with stakeholders to create prototypes – small but scalable projects that creatively increase access to arts education for more, and ideally all, students.

​"We launched the Arts Education Innovation Lab with this idea of really rethinking, 'What is it going to take to really get us to scale in arts education so that arts education doesn't continue to just be for some kids in some classrooms in some schools in some parts of the county," Los Angeles County Arts Commission director of arts education Denise Grande told the group of over 40 gathered for the Innovation Lab's Boot Camp.

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June 29, 2017|

Is L.A.'s new juvenile jail really worth $48 million? Yes. Here's why

By the LA Times Editorial Board

LA Times reported that Campus Kilpatrick, a new juvenile probation camp for LA County students, will open its doors to students in August. 

At $48 million, it was a breathtakingly costly project. But with the help of state bond money, the old Kilpatrick was razed and replaced by a facility that does indeed look and feel more like — well, if not a camp, perhaps a small college campus, notwithstanding the locked gates. Living quarters resemble those in more modern private group homes, four or six beds to a unit. The staff-to-ward ratio is smaller. Probation officers, psychologists and other staff who requested assignment to the new Kilpatrick have been intensively trained in what county leaders like to call “the L.A. model” of juvenile rehabilitation. It is based in part on a Missouri program that features small groups and positive reinforcement, and that — significantly — boasts remarkably low rates of new offenses following release.

 

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June 15, 2017|

Los Angeles County Arts Education Efforts Reach 15-Year Milestone

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2017

PRESS CONTACTS
Marta Martinez, (213) 273-8334
mmartinez@arts.lacounty.gov

Leticia Rhi Buckley, (213) 202-5935
lbuckley@arts.lacounty.gov 

 

LA County Educators, Arts Organizations and Advocates
Work to Make the Arts Core in Public Education


June 15, 2017 - The Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective (Arts Ed Collective), formerly Arts for All, marks 15 years of significant progress in advancing arts education across the region with a name change, the launch of a new website and a public announcement of the Arts Education Innovation Lab. The work of hundreds of community partners has continued to grow over the last 15 years, and new attention is aimed at surfacing innovative solutions for reaching full scale so that all students engage in the arts as a core part of their schooling.

In 2002, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors established the Arts Ed Collective to align local partners with the shared goal that all of LA County’s 1.5 million public school students receive ongoing, quality arts instruction. Staff of the LA County Arts Commission coordinates the regional effort and the LA County Office of Education (LACOE) provides curriculum support to school districts. Strategic guidance for the Arts Ed Collective comes from the 13 member Leadership Council, with additional support from the Funders Council, comprised of 27 private funders.

LA County’s 81 school districts range from rural to urban, some with one school and others with hundreds of schools, making the Arts Ed Collective uniquely positioned to investigate how to build infrastructure that ensures every student, regardless of zip code, has access to high quality arts instruction. “The democratization of culture means achieving equity in the access and content of arts instruction,” says Laura Zucker, Executive Director, Arts Commission. “Sixty-five LA County school districts and four charter networks are now part of the Arts Ed Collective, and the initiative is on track to reach all 81 school districts in the County by 2020.”

Surmounting challenges, such as the Great Recession and shifting education policies, the initiative proudly boasts a number of key accomplishments over the last 15 years:

  • 65 board-approved school district policies and strategic plans for arts education
  • $3.8M granted to support arts education in schools
  • $10.8M raised by the Funders Council
  • 74 LA County school districts and four charter networks participated in the Arts Ed Profile Countywide data collection
  • 500 system-involved youth received arts instruction as part of a cross-agency endeavor to embed the arts into LA County’s juvenile justice reform
  • 4,000 educators trained in connecting the arts with core subjects through the Technology Enhanced Arts Learning (TEAL) project

While the Arts Ed Collective marks 15 years of progress, it also looks ahead with the initiation of the Arts Education Innovation Lab (Innovation Lab). The Innovation Lab gathers experts from across sectors to address scale and equity of arts instruction for LA County public school students. Together they will generate new solutions for moving the work beyond incremental change and catapult arts education over the next 15 years. The Innovation Lab has hosted a series of convenings, workgroups and in-depth discussions, and is led jointly by the Arts Ed Collective, Arts for LA and LACOE.

The work of the Innovation Lab dovetails with the LA County Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative, an 18-month public process that produced 13 recommendations to the LA County Board of Supervisors to ensure that everyone in LA County has equitable access to arts and culture. Four of the recommendations propose support for arts education. “Now more than ever, we want to ensure that all students, in every classroom, in each public school, receive a well-rounded education, and that the arts remain core to student success,” shares Denise Grande, Director of Arts Education at the LA County Arts Commission.

Educators, arts organizations, teaching artists, grantmakers, advocates and other stakeholders, as well as school districts and charter school networks are collectively responsible for advancing arts education over the last fifteen years. The transition to the new name, the Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective, more clearly acknowledges the shared nature of the regional effort.

The new LACountyArtsEdCollective.org highlights the work of all these partners and features an improved platform for accessing resources and staying informed. The site also includes a directory of arts organizations working in school districts across the region and offers models of best practices for practitioners and advocates.

There will be numerous opportunities to celebrate the anniversary throughout the 2017-18 school year, including the Arts Education Summit on December 8, 2017 where the Arts Ed Profile report and findings will be released. To learn more, follow @LACountyArtsEd on Facebook and Twitter, sign up for the Arts Ed Collective newsletter or visit LACountyArtsEdCollective.org.

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August 6, 2015|

Thirty-Two Grants Awarded to Support Arts Education in Los Angeles County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2015

PRESS CONTACTS
Marta Martinez, (213) 273-8334
mmartinez@arts.lacounty.gov

Leticia Rhi Buckley, (213) 202-5935
lbuckley@arts.lacounty.gov 

 

 

Largest Percentage of Funding Supports Artist Residencies and Teacher Professional Development

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission announces $560,000 in grants to 31 school districts and one charter school network in LA County through the Advancement Grant Program. Administered by LA County’s arts education initiative, Arts for All, these grants are matched by school district funds and offer resources to advance high quality instruction in dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts.

Arts for All has supported districts in creating and carrying out strategic plans for arts education since 2003. “We are committed to supporting school districts in their efforts to implement comprehensive K-12 arts education,” says Arts for All Director Denise Grande. “These grants help districts address their most pressing needs.” Designed to be both flexible and responsive to the shifting education landscape, the Advancement Grant Program is central to Arts for All’s mission to help school districts build the necessary infrastructure to provide high quality arts instruction to all of LA County’s public school students.

Ranging from $10,000 to $20,800, 32 grants were given to districts in the Arts for All network to invest in developing long term, sustainable approaches for delivering arts instruction. This year’s funds support artist residencies in 12 school districts, teacher professional development opportunities in 15 districts, and six districts will develop arts integration programs in their schools. A complete list of grantees can be found below.

The Advancement Grant Program is funded by The Angell Foundation, The Boeing Company, California Community Foundation, The Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation, Colburn Foundation, The Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, Herb Alpert Foundation, Rosenthal Family Foundation, and The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation.

Arts for All is the Los Angeles County initiative dedicated to making the arts core in K-12 public education. Established in 2002 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Arts for All is a partnership between the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Arts for All currently works with 59 of 81 Los Angeles County school districts, plus two charter school networks, to implement policies and plans that support high quality arts education for the 1.6 million public school students in the County. www.lacountyartsforall.org

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission fosters excellence, diversity, vitality, understanding and accessibility of the arts in Los Angeles County. The Arts Commission provides leadership in cultural services for the County, encompassing 88 municipalities, including funding and job opportunities, professional development and general resources. www.lacountyarts.org.
 

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ARTS FOR ALL
2015-16 ADVANCEMENT GRANT RECIPIENTS

Beverly Hills Unified School District: $18,100 to support professional development in dance and theatre for kindergarten and first grade teachers, conference attendance for Visual and Performing Arts Specialists and increasing the work hours of the VAPA Coordinator.

Burbank Unified School District: $20,300 to support professional development in visual arts for secondary teachers and artist residencies at five elementary sites.

Castaic Union School District: $16,400 to support the expansion of the elementary music program, to grow student attendance at performances and to partner with the Kennedy Center for teacher professional development.

Centinela Valley Union High School District: $19,500 to support expanded opportunities for students to showcase their artwork and to experience the work of professional artists.

Covina-Valley Unified School District: $17,500 to support district-wide artist residencies for third grade and to coordinate a partnership with Azusa Pacific University.

Culver City Unified School District: $19,800 to support district-wide professional development and artist residencies from the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra for kindergarten through third grade.

Duarte Unified School District: $19,800 to support the expansion of the elementary music program through additional teachers and instruments.

East Whittier City School District: $18,400 to support district-wide teacher professional development in visual arts and theatre instruction from The California Arts Project.

El Monte Union High School District: $17,500 to support the repair and purchase of musical instruments district wide.

El Rancho Unified School District: $19,100 to support assessment, communications and curriculum development led by the Visual and Performing Arts Council.

Glendale Unified School District: $15,700 to support the purchase of musical instruments for secondary school sites district wide.

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District: $20,800 to support arts integration curriculum and professional development district wide.

Hawthorne School District: $17,900 to support district-wide professional development on arts integration.

ICEF Public Schools: $15,800 to support teacher professional development in visual arts instruction for Lou Dantzler Elementary School from The Armory Center for the Arts.

Keppel Union School District: $16,400 to support district-wide professional development in visual arts integration.

Lancaster School District: $10,000 to support the CREATE Festival, a showcase of student artwork.

Las Virgenes Unified School District: $16,000 to support teacher professional development in music integration and residencies from musician, Andrew Grueschow.

Lawndale Elementary School District: $18,600 to support arts integration and cross-district collaboration strategies guided by the Regional Arts Coordinator.

Little Lake Elementary School District: $11,700 to support theatre residencies for third through eighth grade from the Drama Education Network.

Manhattan Beach Unified School District: $19,500 to support district-wide artist residencies in dance and theatre for kindergarten though fifth grade, and a Visual and Performing Arts Lead position that will oversee the district arts plan.

Monrovia Unified School District: $10,000 to support the expansion of the district-wide music program for kindergarten through third grade.

Montebello Unified School District: $17,500 to support district-wide arts integration curriculum and professional development for second grade.

Mountain View School District: $17,000 to support district-wide artist residencies in puppetry that build English Language Arts skills for second through fourth grade.

Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District: $19,700 to support district-wide teacher professional development in visual arts integration for elementary grades from The California Arts Project.

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District: $10,400 to support district-wide visual arts teacher professional development for second grade, and artist residencies for fourth grade from Palos Verdes Art Center.

Paramount Unified School District: $17,000 to support the expansion of the elementary instrumental music program and the revision of the district arts education strategic plan.

Pasadena Unified School District: $20,500 to support curriculum development and artist residencies in elementary grades aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Pomona Unified School District: $18,400 to support professional development in visual arts instruction from The California Arts Project.

Santa Monica Unified School District: $20,500 to support district-wide artist residencies in dance for fifth grade from Dancing Classrooms.

Saugus Union School District: $20,200 to support professional development in arts integration, artist residencies, school performances and field trips for students.

Whittier City School District: $19,400 to support district-wide music instruction for third through fifth grade by hiring an additional instructor.

Wiseburn School District: $20,600 to support artist residencies in visual arts at Anza Elementary from P.S. Arts, and to expand the instrumental music program to two additional grade levels.

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