Sunday, April 13, 2014

#ArtsDayLA 2014

What an exciting day! it's the little things (ITLT) ventured Downtown to participate in the third annual celebration of arts and culture in Los Angeles, ArtsDay! ArtsDay is one of the amazing events hosted by Arts for LA. Arts for LA is an incredible source of information for LA Artists (with a capital "A" -- to me, that means anyone who creates any type of art). They provide artist and organizational opportunities, jobs in the arts, arts in the news and community, and arts education. ArtsDay is an opportunity to unite the movers and shakers of LA Arts scene with the leaders who represent them in City Hall, "fostering stronger relationships between those crafting the vision of LA’s future and those who make it a reality." And on Friday, April 11th, 2014, we joined several other hundred people in celebrating.

Pictured: City Chambers, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Arts for LA Executive Director Danielle Brazell, 
and a pin of ITLT on the map - District 3, represent!

I knew I wanted to be involved in this huge, creative, amazing machine and ITLT fit in perfectly. At first I thought we might be an unorthodox organization to attend, but at our core we create artistic and powerful yet personal acts of kindness for our community in order to make a difference. Boom. Could we be more aligned? I get excited just TYPING about it.

I digress. Anyway, we met an amazing amount of Artists, advocates, and supporters of the Arts, and we were honored to be in their company. Everyone we talked to fell in love with ITLT; my heart grew at all the positive responses. Over the next few weeks, I'll be following up with these organizations to see if there's anything we can do to collaborate and brainstorm for new and exciting ITLT projects. Just so excited for what the future may hold!

The day was a success. We highlighted all the amazing things Artists have done and continue to do in our society, the importance of the organizations that mold our culture, and the need for support as these Creatives continue to create. Did you know that, according to the LA2050 Report, Los Angeles has the highest concentration of working artists and arts professionals in the nation. Also, the arts funnel $1.3 billion into the city in tax revenues (Otis Report on the Creative Economy). That's a lot of mula, so they need us as much as we need them. We thanked our elected officials for their investments in arts and culture and they pledged to continue to foster "healthy, vibrant, and prosperous communities" that allow the Arts to flourish.

My partner in crime played "find the little things" throughout the day... 
this was my favorite, especially such a great huge group of people there!

If you're not in LA, still check out the website to learn more about the National Arts and Arts Education budgets facing uphill battles in Congress.