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Friday, 01 September 2017 18:48

RFP: Cultural Equity Training

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission is currently seeking proposals from qualified individuals or firms to design and deliver professional development opportunities and resources to promote cultural equity and inclusion across the staff, board, audiences, and programming of nonprofit arts organizations in Los Angeles County. Professional development will specifically support those nonprofits in writing and/or revising board-adopted cultural equity statements, policies or plans.


In November 2015, Los Angeles County Supervisors Hilda Solis and Mark Ridley-Thomas introduced a resolution that was unanimously passed by the Board of Supervisors, directing LACAC to conduct "a constructive County-wide conversation about ways to improve diversity in cultural organizations" for all LA County residents. The Board specifically directed LACAC to focus on four key target areas: Boards of Directors, Staffing, Audience/Participants, and Programming. To this LACAC added a fifth: Artists/Creators. 

Over a period of eighteen months, LACAC’s Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative (CEII) engaged hundreds of stakeholders in more than a dozen town halls and in-depth working group meetings to develop a comprehensive report to the Board. That report included thirteen actionable recommendations. On April 4, 2017, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion instructing LACAC to begin implementation of five of the 13 recommendations, including a new requirement that cultural organizations that contract with the County adopt statements, policies or plans for cultural equity and include them with their grant applications for the 2019-20 Organizational Grant Program (OGP) grant cycle. 

Supporting each of the nearly 400 organizations in the OGP pool as they develop a meaningful, board-adopted cultural equity and inclusion statement, policy or plan will require extensive technical assistance that includes customized, in-person training and online resources. OGP grantees are extremely diverse in their budget size, staff capacity, artistic disciplines, geographical location within the County, and levels of readiness to engage in this work. 

 More Information and To Apply

Please review the full Request for Proposals for more information, including budget, timeline, and project deliverables. The proposal deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, September 29

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