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How is America being culturally remapped by its people?
How is the arts sector in Los Angeles and around the US working towards an inclusive and equitable future?
What is the change that needs to happen?

ArtChangeUS REMAP: LA Cultural Equity Summit will gather cultural leaders, artists, grantmakers, and community members to advance cultural equity strategies and innovative practices at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center’s Aratani Theatre on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

The United States is being remapped by its people. By 2042, the population of US communities of color will eclipse the historic white majority. While the population has shifted on the ground, institutional leadership and funding across the arts and all sectors have not kept pace. Leading the nation, Los Angeles and New York City have implemented major studies of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their cultural communities. The Summit asks: What role do we each play in moving towards a shared future?

Join a public sector discussion led by heads of city arts agencies moving research into action from Los Angeles, New York, Oakland, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Hear from Cultural Community Anchor leaders steering post-Civil Rights era organizations in a time of leadership transition and located in neighborhoods experiencing gentrification and change.

Engage national and regional philanthropic leaders who are strategically addressing racial justice and cultural equity.

Participate in grounding tours of Downtown Los Angeles experiencing the murals of Winston St. and exploring historic sites of Little Tokyo.

Add your voice to a Traditional Arts Roundtable focusing on Sharing Methodologies of Transformative Cultural Practice presented by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA).

Participants include: Betty Avila (Executive Director, Self-Help Graphics), Roberto Bedoya (Cultural Affairs Manager, City of Oakland), Julia Bogany (Tongva Cultural Educator and Elder), Danielle Brazell (General Manager, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs),  Tom DeCaigny (Director of Cultural Affairs, City and County of San Francisco), Alison De La Cruz (Vice President of Programs, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center), Randy Engstrom (Director of the Office of Arts and Culture, City of Seattle), Tom Finkelpearl (Commissioner, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs), Quetzal Flores (artivista and ACTA Program Manager), Ebony Noelle Golden (CEO and Principal Engagement Strategist, Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative), Ben Johnson (Performing Arts Program Director, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs), Gaye Theresa Johnson (Associate Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies and African American Studies, University of California at Los Angeles), Sofia Klatzker (President, Roman Mars Foundation), George Lipsitz (Professor in the Department of Black Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara), Daren Mooko (Interim President & CEO, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center), Margaret Morton (Director, Creativity and Free Expression, Ford Foundation), Nobuko Miyamoto (Founder/Artistic Director, Great Leap), Steve Nagano, Debra J.T. Padilla (Arts Activist/Consultant), Pamela J. Peters (Navajo, Multimedia Documentarian), Emiko Ono (Program Director of Performing Arts, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation),  Rudy Ortega Jr. (Tribal President, Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians), Kristin Sakoda (Executive Director, Los Angeles County Arts Commission), Beatriz Solis (Program Director of Healthy Communities South Region, The California Endowment), Eddie Torres (President and CEO, Grantmakers in the Arts), Tamica Washington-Miller (Associate Director, Lula Washington Dance Theatre), Roberta Uno (Director, Arts in a Changing America), Rick West (President and CEO, Autry National Center), and Stephen Zeigler. Artistic shares by FandangObon, Malesha Taylor, Morongo Bird Singers, Urban Jazz Dance Company and others.

ArtChangeUS is committed to creating an inclusive environment. This includes providing accommodations to make our event more accessible. If you need accommodations to fully participate in REMAP: LA, please include your needs on the registration form or email

ArtChangeUS REMAP: LA Cultural Equity Summit Schedule

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

ArtChangeUS REMAP: LA Cultural Equity Summit Pricing

For Cultural Equity Summit 9am - 1:30pm (Representatives of Organizations with operating budget over $5M)


For Cultural Equity Summit 9am - 1:30pm (Representatives of Organizations with operating budget below $5M)


For Cultural Equity Summit 9am - 1:30pm(Equity Subsidy for Artists, Students, Cultural Organizers, and those with financial need; Pay-what-you-can)


For Cultural Equity Summit 9am - 1:30pm (Volunteer Ticket, contact for assignment)

Financial Assistance Available
LA County Arts Commission is offering limited scholarships covering the cost of registration. To qualify for a scholarship, you must be a staff or board member of an organization that is currently funded by the Arts Commission’s Organizational Grant Program, and has an operating budget of less than $5,000,000.

Applications for this opportunity must be received by 5pmPST on March 18 in order to be considered. Once approved, you will receive a code to register for the Summit.

About ArtChangeUS REMAP: LA

ArtChangeUS would like to acknowledge the Tongva peoples and Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians as the traditional, current, and future  inhabitants and caretakers of the lands of the City and County of Los Angeles.

REMAP will continue through Spring 2020, engaging in deep learning about the cultural communities of LA, cultural equity, the active legacy of cultural anchors, strategies for arts-led and place-based advocacy through participatory workshops, Cultural Community Benefit training, discussion, and neighborhood listening tours around the city of Los Angeles.

The Aratani Theatre is the crown jewel of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center’s 2.2 acre campus in the heart of Little Tokyo. As the largest Asian Pacific American theatre in the country, this historic theatre serves as a multi-disciplinary presenting and producing space for JACCC, its partners and rental clients. For over 35 years, diverse communities have used the Aratani Theatre to gather and share their artistic work and engage in dialogue about relevant community topics. In 2018, JACCC completed a lighting, rigging and soft goods systems upgrade in the Aratani to complement the existing custom-designed Bose Professional Room Match System and NEC Displays Projectors.


ArtChangeUS REMAP: LA Cultural Community Benefits
Memorandum of Understanding

ArtChangeUS has developed this MOU in accordance with our Cultural Community Benefits Principles collaboratively developed by ArtChangeUS with Detroit cultural organizers based on their ongoing efforts to seek accountability, through community benefits agreements, from private developers who receive public support for large-scale development projects. ArtChangeUS and its Core Partners are sharing this MOU with the wider cultural sector to provide a values-driven and pragmatic approach to shifting our field’s institutional practices while building equitable relationships.

ArtChangeUS REMAP: LA Cultural Community Benefits MOU

ArtChangeUS REMAP: LA Cultural Equity Summit Project Budget

ArtChangeUS LA Core Partner contacts

REMAP is planned in collaboration with ArtChangeUS Core Partners: Alison De La Cruz (Japanese American Cultural and Community Center), Ben Johnson (City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs), Amy Kitchener (Alliance for California Traditional Arts), Natalie Marrero (Viver Brasil), Debra J.T. Padilla (Arts for LA), Randy Reinholz & Jean Bruce Scott (Native Voices at the Autry), and Tamica Washington-Miller (Lula Washington Dance Theatre). Advisory Council: Sofia Klatzker (Roman Mars Foundation), Leslie Ito (Armory Center for the Arts), Dr. Mishuana Goeman (University of California, Los Angeles), and Pamela Villaseñor (Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians).

Los Angeles Core Partner Logos

ArtChangeUS REMAP: LA Cultural Equity Summit is made possible by a grant from the Surdna Foundation and ticket revenue with additional support in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Arts and Disability Center at the University of California Los Angeles. Scholarship funding provided by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the LA County Arts Commission.

REMAP: LA Funders

ArtChangeUS is a five-year initiative based at the California Institute of the Arts, supported by Ford Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, Surdna Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

ArtChangeUS National Funders