of the secondary students in LA county are enrolled in the arts. The state average is 40%

5 questions every ARTS EDUCATION VOTER in LA County should be asking themselves right now.

Not only is March 3rd the presidential primary,  but there are also a number of important school board elections.  The California Education Code mandates that every student has access to music, art, dance, and theater every year they are in school. School board members have the power to enforce the law. Vote with the Arts in Your Heart!

Do I know where I'm voting on March 3?

How and where you vote in L.A. County is different this year. Voters have 11 days to vote at ANY Vote Center within the County. Check out your options and find the Vote Center location that is most convenient for you.

Who are my local school board candidates?

The California Education Code mandates that every student have access to music, art, dance, and theater every year they are in school. School board members have the power to enforce the law. On March 3rd school board elections will be held in LAUSD, Arcadia Unified School District, Compton Unified School District, Garvey School District, Long Beach Unified School District, and Glendale Unified School District. If you live in one of these areas, look up your local candidates below. --- Open the pdf, and search (Ctrl F) by full district name, i.e. “Arcadia Unified School District”.

How will my local school board candidates champion arts education in my district?

Find out by contacting your candidates and asking them what they will do to ensure every student receives arts education. Look up your local candidates below! ---Open the pdf, and search (Ctrl F) by full district name, i.e. “Arcadia Unified School District”.

Do my friends and family know there is a school board election?

Tell them why arts education is so important and make sure they’re ready to vote for their local school board! Find more information to help you make the case below.

Seriously, do I know where I’m voting?

Vote Centers open Saturday, February 22 but the polling place you’ve gone to for years past might no longer be an option. See below for more information.


To bring attention to arts education in LA County, check out and download our advocacy poster!

Did you know LA County is the creative capital of the world?

According to the 2019 Otis Report, LA County’s creative industries generate 864,958 jobs, $77.9 billion in labor income, and $207.8 billion in annual output. Of the 864,958 total jobs, 414,945 are workers directly employed in the creative industries and 450,013 are jobs indirectly generated by the industry. In total, both the direct employment generated by the County’s creative industries and the indirect employment they create through multiplier effects constitute 19.7% of LA County’s total employment.

LA County accounts for roughly 40% of all direct creative industry employment in California, and the county is home to roughly one in three of the jobs indirectly generated from the creative industries statewide. But only 40% of the students in LA County are enrolled in the arts. Let’s get that to100%!

So join us in creating LA County!

The LA County Arts Education Collective is dedicated to making the arts core in public education. Established in 2002 by the LA County Board of Supervisors, the Arts Ed Collective is a partnership between the LA County Department of Arts and Culture and the LA County Office of Education. To stay up to date on what’s happening in the arts education field in LA County, sign up for the Arts Ed Collective newsletter.

Arts for LA is a voice for the arts in Greater Los Angeles that informs, engages, and mobilizes individuals and organizations to advocate for access to the arts across all communities; arts education for every student; robust investment in the arts; and inclusion of diverse and underrepresented voices. Arts for LA invests in leadership development, growing networks of civically engaged advocates; building deep relationships with elected officials; and working in partnership across sectors to make LA a vibrant, prosperous, creative, and healthy society.