An Affirmation of Cultural and Creative Expression

An Affirmation of Cultural and Creative Expression

The City of Los Angeles is a culturally vibrant metropolis fueled by innovation and creativity. It is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the United States with more than 224 languages spoken by its close to 4 million residents.

The creative community is reflective of our city’s rich cultural diversity. The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is committed to uplifting, celebrating, and supporting cultural traditions, freedom of artistic expression, and human migration. We honor the creativity and talent in Los Angeles that inspires the world through our creative content.

Freedom of creative expression and ideas fosters an inclusive and informed society. Arts and culture lift our souls, affirm our identity, create a sense of belonging, and develop connected communities.

Through each of our divisions, DCA supports creativity and cultural expression at all levels of our city. In addition to our robust network of city-owned and operated community arts centers and theaters, we partner with over 300 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, independent artists, presenters, and cultural producers to provide cultural services reflective of our city’s population.

We proactively stand united with our community of artists and cultural practitioners in support of a democracy that promotes diversity, builds bridges, expands access, and defends the creative and cultural vitality of our communities.

Join us by showing your support of arts, culture, and creativity by following DCA on Facebook, Twitter @culture_la, and Instagram @culture_la.

There is an abundance of free and low-cost cultural activities taking place throughout our city virtually every day of the year. Take an art class at one of our community art centers, experience one of our city’s eclectic museums, and attend one of the many neighborhood community festivals. Make a family memory that will last forever. Visit DCA’s new website for a list of cultural events for the entire family to enjoy. Below are a few highlights that we want to bring to your attention.

We are proud and honored to co-present African-American Heritage Month again in the City of Los Angeles with Mayor Garcetti, the City Council, Our Authors Study Club, and the City’s African American Heritage Month Committee. The first African-American Heritage Month Celebration began in 1949 when Mayor Fletcher Bowron issued the first proclamation calling for all citizens to celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans. In 1959, the opening ceremony was moved to City Hall. In 1976, the entire month of February was officially declared African-American History Month in LA. Every Mayor since then has recognized the month, especially the late Mayor Tom Bradley. Please see our website or download a copy of DCA’s 2017 African American Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide to find out about the many events happening throughout the month at venues all over town!

This month we are pleased to present: Ours is a City of Writers, an exhibition featuring art writers in collaboration with contemporary visual artists. The writers and artists participating in the exhibition collaborated to produce either a piece of writing, an artwork, a performance, or a lecture. The exhibition will be on view until March 26, 2017, with additional programming including readings and performances. Please visit the LAMAG website for more information.

We are deeply committed to providing access to arts and culture for all. Our artists and cultural partners reflect the best of our democratic ideals and we rely upon them to give us hope for a better tomorrow. Together as a City, we continue to partner with our creative artists and cultural producers to recognize our similarities and respect our ethnic, socio-economic, gender, sexual, religious, and cultural expressions.

Thank you for celebrating the rich and diverse creative forms of expression taking place throughout our city. Together we reinforce the unity in our diversity that makes the City of Los Angeles the Creative Crossroads of the World.

Summer Night Lights (SNL) 2017 Employment Opportunities

SNL 2017 Employment Opportunities

Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) is currently accepting applications for Summer Night Lights (SNL) program Site Coordinators. GRYD’s mission is to strengthen youth/young adult, family and community resilience to the influence of gangs by fostering public/private collaboration and supporting community-based prevention and intervention services. SNL is a key component of the comprehensive GRYD strategy which was piloted during the summer of 2008 as a response to research that point to youth being most likely to commit violent crimes during the summer months in the City of Los Angeles. Now in its 9th consecutive summer, the SNL program is implemented in 32 parks across the city with the goal of reducing gang related violence in and around SNL sites & providing community engagement and employment opportunities for youth as well as adults.

Site Coordinators work independently and collaboratively with GRYD staff and program partners (LAPD, Recreation and Parks, GRYD providers) to oversee all aspects of SNL program service delivery at one (1) identified site. Specifically, the Site Coordinator is responsible for implementation of programming, management of site coordination team, implementation of an outreach plan and program calendar, while overseeing administrative tasks. The Site Coordinator will work collaboratively with diverse populations which include potential perpetrators and victims of violence, and manage complex situations effectively.

Site Coordinators’ employment is from Jun. 12, 2017 – Aug. 5, 2017 (40 hours/week)
from Aug. 11, 2017 – Aug 26, 2017 (16 hours/week).

For more information on the job description, please click here.

Applications will only be accepted via the online employment application. To access the application, please click here.

Applications’ due date is Friday, March 10th at 5:0 0 pm. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and early submission is encouraged.

*** Youth Squad and Lead Squad Applications will be available in Mid- March; please refer to for updates.

Please share with your networks/contacts.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer

NAMI San Fernando Valley is once again glad to offer Peer-to-Peer classes. NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free, 10-session educational program for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their conditions and journey toward recovery. Taught by a trained team of people who’ve been there, the program includes presentation, discussion and interactive exercises.


  • Create a personalized relapse prevention plan
  • Learn how to interact with health care providers
  • Develop confidence for making decisions and reducing stress
  • Stay up-to-date on mental health research
  • Understand the impact of symptoms on your life
  • Access practical resources on how to maintain your journey toward recovery


  • Current information about the major mental illnesses and the most current research available on the biological aspects of these illnesses
  • Information on recovery, including a variety of treatment strategies currently available
  • Skills training in the areas of problem solving, listening, communication techniques and handling crisis and relapse
  • Guidance on locating appropriate supports and services within the community and offer tips of advocating for those supports and services
  • Promotes stigma reduction through education and personal contact with individuals with a mental illness.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a recovery education course open to anyone experiencing a mental health challenge. The course is designed to encourage growth, healing and recovery among participants.

All participants are required to register by calling  (818) 994-6747 or by email us at


Measure S Forum – Sunday, February 26th, 1 to 4 pm

Measure S Forum

Undecided on Measure S (also known as the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative)?

Join the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance for a moderated conversation with experts on both sides of the issue, and hear about the implications for our environment.

Our panelists are:

Jack Humphreville, columnist for CityWatch LA and president of the Department of Water and Power Advocacy Committee

Miki Jackson, grassroots activist and consultant to AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Michael Manville, assistant professor of urban planning, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Mark Vallianatos, co-founder of Abundant Housing LA and member of the Zoning Advisory Committee for re:code LA

Sunday, February 26th, 1 to 4 pm
Fire Station 59 (West LA)
11505 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

The NCSA has not taken a position on the measure.

Questions? Contact

PBS SoCal KIDS Weekend

PBS SoCal KIDS Weekend

PBS SoCal KIDS favorites Curious George and Daniel Tiger join a day of readings, crafts, and dance at the L.A. Zoo!

PBS KIDS superstar critters Curious George and Daniel Tiger from from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will make a special appearance at the Zoo for meet and greets with young fans. Families can also enjoy live book readings, themed crafts and activities, and a kids’ dance party in our Eucalyptus Grove. Don’t miss the fun!

Event Schedule

Character Meet & Greet
10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Curious George Meet & Greet
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Daniel Tiger Meet & Greet
1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Book Readings
10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Themed Crafts
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Dance Party
Throughout the day

2017 LAFD/LAPD St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser

2017 LAFD/LAPD St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser


Please join the LAFD and LAPD as we shave our heads to raise money for childhood cancer research in the 15th Annual St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser!  This year’s event will take place on Saturday, March 4th at Fire Station 89 from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM and will feature:

  • Free House of Pancakes breakfast with pancakes/sausage, Coffee Bean coffee, and orange juice
  • UCLA Blood Drive and Be the Match Bone Marrow Registration
  • Free children’s face painting, balloon artists, and caricature drawings
  • Free kids’ toys and entertainment
  • Fire and police apparatus displays
  • Silent auctions, prizes, music, photographers, vendors, and more!

This is our 15th year and we have raised over $1 million dollars to date!

Help us reach our goal of $120,000 by registering as a shavee (or supporting one) at:

Attached please find a flyer for this year’s event, and feel free to distribute it to your co-workers, family, and friends.

For further information (or donations for our silent auction) please contact LAFD Captain Danny Wu at or call (626) 590-6240, or  LAPD Lietunant Greg Doyle at or call (818) 634-6127 at your convenience.

Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates Regional Budget Day – February25, 2017 @ 9:00 am


Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates Regional Budget Day

On Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates will be hosting the annual Regional Budget Day.

The Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates are coming to your neighborhood for our annual Regional Budget Day. The purpose of this 3 hour session is to come and hear your concerns about your neighborhood, and how the City can better spend its funds for a better quality of life in Los Angeles.  Please see attached flyer for the location of your particular region.  Please also appoint 2 Budget Representatives for FY 17-18 at an upcoming Neighborhood Council board meeting.

Region 1-4: Braude Center

6262 Van Nuys Blvd,

Van Nuys, CA 91401


Region 5-6: L.A. Zoo

Griffith Park Dr,

Los Angeles, CA 90027


Region 7-8: Glassell Park Community Center

3650 Verdugo Rd,

Glassell Park, CA 90065


Region 9-10: Ridley Thomas Constituent Center

8475 S. Vermont Ave,

Los Angeles, CA 90044


Region 11: West L.A. Municipal Building

1645 Corinth Ave,

Los Angeles, CA 90049


Region 12: Croatian Cultural Center

510 W. 7th Street,

San Pedro, CA 90731

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council (VNNC) Outreach Committee Meeting – February 23, 2017

From VNNC Outreach Chair Maria Skelton: There were over 200 people at the Mayor’s Youth Council put together. It was nice to see people from different races and backgrounds enjoying themselves, the youth did an outstanding job. Kenny was surrounded by a lot of puppets that was made Ms. Williams from GO Baby Grow Baby.

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Outreach Committee Meeting Agenda
Thursday, February 23, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Delano Park Recreation Center 15100 Erwin Street, Van Nuys CA 91411

  1. Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Roll Call (Quorum Call)
  3. Comments from the Chair
  4. General Public Comments on Non-Agenda Items
  5. Presentation, discussion and possible action of community outreach project proposal:    Acting Classes by Mr. Casey
  6. Presentation, discussion and possible action of community outreach project proposal:    Puppet classes by Ms. Williams
  7. Presentation, discussion and possible action of community outreach project proposal:    Shoe Design Classes by Mr. Customs
  8. Presentation, discussion and possible action of community outreach project proposal:    Homeless Event by Elder Binon
  9. Presentation, discussion and possible action of community outreach project proposal:    Free Books by Mrs. Aimee
  10. Presentation, discussion and possible action of community outreach project proposal:    Sidewalk Repair Program
  11. Adjournment

VNNC Outreach 2.23.17

Naloxone workshop – February 14, 2017 @ 10:30 am

Due to the huge turnout at Naloxone workshop,  National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) of the San Fernando Valley have decide to host  another workshop this coming Tuesday February 14, 2017 at 10:30 am  our location is 6166 Vesper Ave Van Nuys Ca 91411.

We hope you can make it!  We are proud to say that we will have a Walgreen Pharmacist attend our presentation. Pharmacist will be available to answer any question the community may have.

Free Narcan Training 2017

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