Supervisor Solis Addresses the Need for More Diversity at Arts Institutions

Contact: Communications Deputy Rosa M. Santana, 213-379-1334 or

What: Supervisor Hilda L. Solis calls for recommendations on ways to diversify the boards, staffs, audiences, and programming of major arts institutions in her motion co-authored with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 11:15 a.m.

Where: Sybil Brand Room, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration 500 West Temple Street Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Background: Arts organizations are vital and influential members of the diverse culture in Los Angeles. It is important for these groups to reflect the diversity of Los Angeles County to effectively serve their audiences. Supervisor Solis’ motion, which she introduced at today’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting, calls for a diverse task force of arts leaders to engage in a community dialogue and to make recommendations regarding the best ways to ensure cultural equity at all levels of relevant arts venues. The purpose of the motion is to spark a County-wide dialogue that leads to specific recommendations on ways in which arts venues can diversify their boards, staffs, audiences and program offerings and create a robust pipeline for future arts leaders from diverse communities. A recent study released by the Mellon Foundation showed among museum leaders across the country only 4 percent are African American and 3 percent are Hispanic.


·First District Supervisor Hilda L. Solis

·Second District Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas

·Helen Hernandez, executive director, IMAGEN Foundation and Arts Commissioner

·Araceli Alvarez, Bilingual Foundation of the Arts

·Elise Woodson, program manager and curator, African American Museum

·David Valdez, comedian and actor

·Josefa Salinas, radio personality, LA City Library Commissioner

·Ben Guillory, actor and executive director, Robey Theatre Company

·Leslie Ishii, diversity liaison, East West Players

·Snehal Desai, associate artistic director, East West Players