Connecting to Los Angeles Arts, Culture & Entertainment

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Connecting to Los Angeles Arts, Culture & Entertainment

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center and The Valley Economic Alliance

Organization(s) website(s): and

Organization(s) twitter handle(s): and

Organization(s) facebook handle(s): and

Organization(s) instagram handle(s):

Please share the direct link for voters to sign up for your newsletter(s):

Currently not available but will be set up.

Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization


Other (please specify below):


SFVACC is For-profit and TVEA is Non-profit

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


The San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center advocates the arts through exhibitions, education, music and theater by promoting visual and performing arts, providing a cultural hub for our community and enriching the lives of artists and others.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


Incorporating the arts into our lives has become a panacea to the stresses of every-day life and LAACE will give Angelenos an easier way to access the arts in LA. By identifying businesses, venues, organizations and individuals connected to the arts, we can offer residents of LA, as well as tourists a web portal which targets arts, culture & entertainment. Our website will also become a resource point for business-to-business data and offer a new Metro LAACE Art discount

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County:

San fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center, Tarzana, CA, Los Angeles County and The Valley Economic Alliance, Sherman Oaks, CA, Los Angeles County

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):


Track Data

How will your proposal improve the following “Connect” metrics? (check all that apply)

Rates of volunteerism

Voting rates by race

Adults getting sufficient social & emotional support

Median travel time to work

Attendance at cultural events

Number of public transit riders

Participation in neighborhood councils

Percentage of Angelenos that volunteer informally (Dream Metric)

Government responsiveness to residents’ needs (Dream Metric)

Transit-accessible housing and employment (the share of housing units and percentage of jobs that are located near transit)

Total number of local social media friends and connections (Dream Metric)

Attendance at public/open streets gatherings (Dream Metric)

Residential segregation (Dream Metric)

Access to free wifi (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to connect.


The San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center (SFVACC) along with The Valley Economic Alliance (TVEA) plan to develop the first comprehensive database for Los Angeles arts, culture and entertainment. A pilot program concentrating on businesses, venues, organizations and individuals connected to the arts in each of the 7 council districts in the San Fernando Valley will be developed first. This will allow us to concentrate on one area of Los Angeles, where we can map out a specific region and build an overall template which can then be applied to each individual council district or independent city within Los Angeles County. By using the council districts of each area, we can involve each council member with the mapping and gathering of information for their own particular district.

The research portion of this program will start with the Director of Information pulling together a volunteer committee to research and collect extensive data within selected categories. Categories could include:
• Theaters
• Galleries
• Museums
• Performance Centers
• Amusement Parks
• Arts Organizations
• Lectures & Poetry Readings
• Art, Music & Dance Festivals
• Murals
• Workshops & Classes
• Visual Artists
• Musicians
• Performance Artists

We will hire a website designer and a data technician to create an expandable, user-friendly and informative “location” where the viewer can access current or future arts information and destinations.

For the first year, the listing will be free. The coding within the website will be able to count how many hits each listing receives which will allow us to categorize each listing to determine the 2nd year fee. This will be a minimal yearly amount which will help us maintain and sustain the website. Online advertising will be the 3rd phase of the program as we continue to populate our database with ways to customize each listing’s advertising capabilities.

We will be working with LA Metro to create a discount card for those going to a play, a concert or to see an art exhibit on a Metro bus. The Metro LAACE Art Discount Card will help move and connect people to arts destinations.

Businesses will be able to access detailed and customized information for each business, venue, organization or individual connected to the arts.

Our interactive website and database will connect Valley residents to arts, culture and entertainment and eventually expand into the greater Los Angeles area.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


The evaluation will be a multi-step process to include:
- Verification of information accuracy by the individual businesses/Individuals on the database through a feedback form.
- Verification of full functionality of the website by independent check tests (by people other than those designing and setting up the website).
- Feedback from selected businesses/Individuals on the utility of the website.
- How many of the businesses/Individuals include us as a link on their websites.
- How prominent we become on major search engines, so people can locate our website.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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Submission Began
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Submission Ended
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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Voting Began
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Voting Ended
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
at 08:00 PM UTC

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Winner Announced
Tuesday, December 08, 2015