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Arts Education Forum: Achieving Equity Goals through Creative Youth Development

Thursday, June 3, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
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Join SCG and the Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective Funders Council to learn about the valuable role that arts-based strategies are playing to advance equitable outcomes for youth across Los Angeles County.

In October 2020, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted the Arts for All Children, Youth, and Families: Los Angeles County’s New Regional Blueprint for Arts Education (Arts Ed Blueprint) which puts forward a vision of expanding arts education in schools, after school, and in communities. It is both an aspirational policy statement and a roadmap for practitioners and leaders working collectively to advance youth development across Los Angeles County over the next decade.

Through positive child and youth development, the Arts Ed Blueprint aims to address large-scale societal inequities, foster social-emotional development, promote healing, build cohesion and cultural identity, and uplift communities through the arts. As such, the Arts Ed Blueprint closely aligns with the County’s anti-racist policy agendaCountywide Plan for Elevating the Arts as a Justice Reform Strategy, and Building Creative Career Pathways for Youth field scan.

This program features keynote speaker Dr. D’Artagnan Scorza, the inaugural Executive Director of Racial Equity for Los Angeles County, and case studies for leveraging positive change through organizational practices that center equity and investments in arts-based strategies that benefit youth and families in historically disinvested communities.



D’Artagnan Scorza, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Racial Equity for Los Angeles County

Dr. D’Artagnan Scorza serves as the inaugural Executive Director of Racial Equity for Los Angeles County where he is tasked with championing the elimination of structural racism and promoting efforts to deepen the County's work on diversity, equity and inclusion. In previous roles as the Executive Director of Social Justice Learning Institute, a UC Regent and the President of the Board of Education for the Inglewood Unified School District, he launched programs that helped youth of color become social justice leaders and college graduates. As a U.S. Navy Iraq-War Veteran and civic leader, he has received numerous awards and accolades, including being recognized as one of the 40 Emerging Civic Leaders under 40 in 2018 and receiving the UCLA Recent Graduate Achievement Award in 2016.


Case Study


I.D.E.A WAVE COLAB moves lasting, systemic change across private and public sectors through the collaborative development of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism (I.D.E.A.) tools and supportive networks and partnerships informed by abolitionist leaders, indigenous practices, and ancestral wisdom.


About the Arts Ed Forum

The Arts Education Forum is presented semi-annually by the Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective Funders Council and Southern California Grantmakers. These Forums examine the powerful roles arts education can play in youth, community, and economic development in our region. They also offer space to discuss and refine strategies that promote the growth, healing, and success of young people, particularly those from communities that have been historically excluded or precluded from investments in arts and arts learning. This includes Black, Indigenous, and other youth of color, current or former foster youth, youth who are currently or formerly homeless, impacted by the justice system, LGBTQ+, migrants, English language learners, living in poverty, in rural areas, and/or with disabilities.


About the Arts Ed Collective and Funders Council

The Arts Ed Collective is a regional, multi-stakeholder, public-private initiative focused on ensuring the arts are a meaningful part of every young person's growth and development. It is coordinated by the LA County Department of Arts and Culture and is implemented in collaboration with the LA County Office of Education and hundreds of education, non-profit, government, and philanthropic partners. Over its 18-year history, the Arts Ed Collective has emerged as a national model of collective impact in arts education.

The Arts Ed Collective Funders Council formed in 2004, with guidance from Sony Pictures Entertainment, to provide a roundtable for foundation and corporate grantmakers to share knowledge, develop strategy, and provide fiscal oversight of shared investments in arts education in the County. Funders Council members pool resources, track and respond to trends in arts and education, and help determine how to allocate funds to advance the shared goals of the Arts Ed Collective.


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Who May Attend
Current SCG members and eligible non-members

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.


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