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LA Arts Funders Meeting

Thursday, September 13, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
LA County Arts Commission
1055 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90017
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This meeting will feature an opportunity to learn about how nonprofit arts organizations and Los Angeles County departments are working together in prevention, diversion, incarceration and reentry in juvenile justice. As usual, we’ll also reserve time to exchange updates among participants.


  • Felicia Cotton, Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Probation Department
  • Vincent Holmes, Principal Analyst, Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office
  • Sheila Scott-Wilkinson, Founder, Executive Director and Artistic Director, Theatre Of Hearts
  • Kaile Shilling, Executive Director, Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN)



  • Denise Grande, Director of Arts Education, LA County Arts Commission

Denise Grande, Director of Arts Education, LA County Arts Commission

Denise GrandeDenise Grande oversees the Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective (formerly Arts for All), developing strategies for bringing about systemic change in school districts in Los Angeles County to implement quality K-12 arts education. She represents the Arts Ed Collective locally, statewide and nationally, and spearheads regional efforts to advance arts education for LA County’s 1.5 million students. Prior to the Arts Commission, Denise was Director of Programs and Strategic Partnership for the Metropolitan Opera Guild at Lincoln Center in New York. During her 20 years at The Music Center - Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, she played a leadership role in program design, implementation, research and evaluation. Denise received her BA from UCLA in dance and was a Coro Fellow through the California Arts Council’s Arts Leadership Fellow Program.


Vincent R. Holmes, Principal Analyst, Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office

Vincent HolmesVincent Holmes is a Principal Analyst with the Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office, where he works on efforts related to juvenile justice and the foster care systems. He currently facilitates the County’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative where he leads a cross-departmental task force developing and implementing strategies designed to improve the outcomes of boys and young men of color. Prior to joining the CEO’s office, Vincent was a Program Specialist with the Los Angeles Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee (CCJCC). His responsibilities at CCJCC included the coordination of efforts related to the implementation of justice-related legislation and projects throughout Los Angeles County. He was instrumental in coordinating seven resource and employment fairs aimed specifically at ex-offenders and former gang members throughout the County and directed the County’s Gang Violence Reduction Initiative. Prior to joining County government in 2003, Vincent was a Senior Manager with the Los Angeles Superior Court for 15 years where he worked in various litigation areas. He holds an undergraduate degree in both English and Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Sheila Scott-Wilkinson, Founder, Executive Director and Artistic Director, Theatre Of Hearts

Sheila Scott-Wilkinson is the Founder, Executive Director and Artistic Director of Theatre Of Hearts, where she oversees day-to-day operations since 1987. Prior, Sheila completed training at the Frankfurt Conservatory of Music in Germany and the London Drama Center in England. While in Europe, Sheila starred in numerous stage productions at the famed National Theater of London, such as David Hare’s Map Of The World. She received two Drama-Logue Critics Awards for her work as an actress in The Book Of The Crazy and Jack Jackson’s Piano Bar, performed at the Skylight Theater, Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Cultural Center. After returning to the United States, she served as a Program Director for Artsreach, where she taught, designed, developed and implemented arts programming for Arts-in-Correction and for incarcerated youth at Nelles School for Boys. In response to the severe civil unrest in Los Angeles in 1992, she established the Youth First Artist-In-Residence Program to prevent and intervene in youth violence. Sheila received a Certificate of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles, a State of California Resolution and was awarded a Fellowship by the Eureka Foundation. She is a three-year recipient of a California Arts Council Artist-in-Residence individual grant to teach theater at the William Grant Still’s Arts Center for youth ages 9-16. Sheila has participated in the initial Steering Committee of LACOE for Arts for All, the Los Angeles County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education with the Los Angeles County Office of Education Community Arts Team. Sheila was invited to participate in the Los Angeles Arts Commission Arts Leadership Initiative, the Executive Learning Group.


Kaile Shilling, Executive Director, Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN)

Kaile Shilling is the Executive Director of the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN), an interdisciplinary collaborative of twelve member organizations that provides arts programming to youth in detention facilities in order to build resiliency and wellness, eliminate recidivism and transform the juvenile justice system. Kaile has over fifteen years of experience working in and with nonprofits, particularly those focused on building strong young people. Prior to AIYN, she served as Executive Director for the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, an organization serving hundreds of nonprofits across Los Angeles County. Prior, Kaile worked at Homeboy Industries, one of the leading gang intervention agencies in the nation. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Anthropology from Harvard University, where she focused on the role of the arts as a means of expressing and shifting social values and a Master of Theological Studies from Loyola Marymount University.


2018 Upcoming Meeting Schedule
LAAF meetings will be held on the following dates from 10 am – noon:
Thursday, November 8 – Main Museum

No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Open to public and private sector grantmakers that fund arts grants in the Southern California region. Participating organizations that both make grants and solicit funds are expected to designate representatives whose role involves program and/or policy. Philanthropic consultants must be current members of Southern California Grantmakers.

If you have not attended an LA Arts Funders meeting before, please email Morgan Bennett at [email protected] to confirm your eligibility.

Please register online by 5 pm on Tuesday, September 11 if you plan to attend.

Public parking is available at:

  • 636 S Bixel Street ($12)
  • 1055 Wilshire Blvd ($18)

For directions and additional information, please click here.

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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