Los Angeles Review of Books Enabling LA Creativity

Winning submission by TomLutz

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Los Angeles Review of Books

Organization(s) website(s):

www.lareviewofbooks.org

Organization(s) twitter handle(s):

twitter.com/@lareviewofbooks

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Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB)

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lareviewofbooks

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization

Government

Other (please specify below):

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.

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LA Review of Books (LARB) is dedicated, on all its platforms (web, radio, print, events), to expanding the reach of LA literature, art, and culture, and to fostering a diverse cultural conversation by curating the best in writing and all the arts.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.

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LARB will profile LA writers and artists every day of the year, making the country and world aware of their work, increasing their ability to sustain creative lives by building the requisite critical understanding and infrastructure, and giving LA writers and artists the exposure they need to compete.

Please write a sample tweet to describe your submission.

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@LAReviewofBooks brings global awareness to LA's robust and diverse literary, cultural, & arts communities.

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 Valey

South LA

Westside

South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)

LAUSD

Other (please specify below):

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):

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Bring the world to LA.

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

Employment in the creative industries

Arts establishments per capita

Concentration of manufacturing activity in LA

Federal research grant funding

Patents per capita

Jobs per capita

Minority- and women-owned firms

Gini coefficient

Number of high growth startups

Venture capital investment

Measures of cultural and global economic influence (“soft power”) (Dream Metric)

Recruiting and retention rates for local higher education institutions (Dream Metric)

Percentage of graduates from local higher education institutions that remain in LA County 5 years after graduating (Dream Metric)

Unemployment rates (and opportunities) for the formerly incarcerated (Dream Metric)

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

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LA has a growing creative community in all the arts. Every week, a new publishing venture launches, a new theater space or new gallery opens, and every day many thousands of us work on a novel or screenplay or song, paint or sculpt, do new media arts, design a building, a dress, or a stage set, or begin filming. But not all of these projects find their audience, locally, nationally, or internationally, and not all can sustain careers over time.

What LARB can do is help build the audience base for LA’s creative activity, bring news and understanding and appreciation of these projects to our hundreds of thousands of readers across the country and elsewhere—10% of our readers are in CA, 60% in the rest of the country, and 30% overseas—and many are editors, critics, curators, and grantmakers around the globe. By helping create the local, national, and international audience for LA’s artists, we help them put food on their tables and enable their practice, help them pay the rent and create again. For writers and publishers to sell books, artists to sell work and performers tickets and recordings, they need to come to the attention of galleries, distributors, tastemakers, and the press. Reviews like LARB are an important part of that artistic ecology, especially here, since NY reviews have overwhelmingly focused on writers and artists from the East Coast.

LARB is one of the country’s most successful attempts to decentralize and diversify the artistic and literary conversation; we publish more diverse writers and review more diverse artists; and the more attention our LA artists receive, the more support they can receive, and the more sustainable their practice can be. In addition, since most of the people who do critical writing are themselves artists, in hiring them to write for us, we are helping to support each of them directly as well, in a small way, by paying them for their writing, writing that itself brings them to the attention of a global audience. If a sculptor carves a tree in the woods and no one sees it, her art has not fulfilled its promise; LARB’s soft power can foster and help sustain new arts establishments and creative industries, increase the visibility of women and minority artists, increase recruiting and retention rates for local higher education institutions, allow graduates to stay here rather than move to NY, and elevate the global influence of LA’s artistic achievements, making LA an even better place to create.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

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We have already been successful in launching and helping sustain the careers of many young LA writers, artists, and critics, and have tracked that success. We collect detailed data on our website’s readership, and we can tell how many people read each of the pieces we publish, and can cross reference that to where the readers are located. We also have records of the writers who have contributed to LARB so far, where they reside, their race, ethnicity, gender, and other identifications, and we have the same data about the writers and artists they review, write essays about, and interview. This grant will help us identify a broader number of writer-critics and have them comment and introduce audiences to a broader swath of LA artists from even more diverse communities. We can track the dissemination of that information across social media networks, in other online conversations, and in the legacy media by measuring increased links, citations, mentions, and other media attention.

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.)

Education/training

Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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Helping to identify LA artists, writers, and critics who would like to contribute to the cultural conversation.

Discussion
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The best minds using the most dazzling language to explore literature and the arts - awesome.

by Jackswan
6 months ago

An essential element in LARB's global vision are its long form, in-depth reviews of the latest literary translations, which are often overlooked or given all-too-brief reviews elsewhere.

by utopiapolis
6 months ago

LARB, me gusto todo de ti

by sdfsdsadf
6 months ago

Inspired by LARB's effort to pay its contributors decently for their work. Other publications, take note!

by c.valdez
6 months ago

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by hijijij
6 months ago

Super LARB!

by ambreenagha
5 months ago

LARB is one of the most important, if not the most important, little magazine in America today, and the little magazines have always been at the forefront of this country's art and intellectual life. This magazine is publishing and reviewing the people who matter and the works we'll be talking about fifty or a hundred years from now. Please throw money at them!

by JMColon
6 months ago

LARB is a lot like LA—funny, smart, rigorous, whimsical, deep, far-reaching, focused, entertaining, provocative, surprising, hopeful, straight-shooting, engaged, welcoming—eclectic—diverse!—that is, local, national, international—a vote for LARB is a vote for everybody and everything.

by dinahdinah
5 months ago

LARB is the greatest contribution to Los Angeles arts/culture in the past ten years.

by Thetchy
6 months ago

Like a singular, fractional puzzle piece LARB fills a hole in the Cultural Universe bringing so many other pieces together in alignment including the one that is me.

by 1Price_W-Hall.
5 months ago

There's something distasteful (and ethically questionable) about an organization using its Hollywood connections to get stars like Tom Hanks and Cameron Diaz (either of whom could surely donate the money?) to endorse its campaign and edge other deserving projects out of the grant challenge. If this is any indication of how you plan to help "put food on the table" for fellow writers and artists, I seriously hope you take a moment to consider whom you're helping, and how.

by Billthecat
5 months ago

We need the LARB . . . support it ever chance you get.

by ZoeMurdock
5 months ago

LARB...incredible variety, intellect, artistry and relevance to our sociopolitical landscape! I'm not just an avid reader but as a writer/author, I am an active student of the LARB family!

by AnatomyofaRiot
5 months ago

Several years back Time magazine ranked countries according to their support off the arts. The U.S. was near the bottom, with a few countries below it. (If I remember correctly, Haiti and New Guinea were below.) Come on U.S.! Start working your way up that list. Start with The Los Angeles Review of Books, one of the few West Coast forums for discussion that includes many of the best authors, poets, playwrights and essayists from near and far--and makes possible explorations essential for a rich and robust creative environment.

by MsDemimondaine
5 months ago

LARB is where I go to read smart people thinking. Period.

by Lalexande
5 months ago

LARB has become an essential voice in Los Angeles's cultural world. CAN'T DO WITHOUT IT!!!!

by Polkadotbraudy
6 months ago

Best LIT mag going right now

by mortymachines
6 months ago

I am not sure why my vote is still pending. I have followed all the steps to register. LARB is one of the most important journals in contemporary letters, both ultra-modern and steeped in tradition. I look forward to each of the publications and to the thoughtfulness of the essays contained therein.

by katiekane_missoula
6 months ago

LARB's contributing so much to the LA lit scene!

by jssexton
6 months ago

LARB has filled an essential need after the LAT Book Review died. It leapfrogged, in a compelling and contemporary way, past the older concept.

by allenesymons
6 months ago

Go LARB!

by mirandaW
6 months ago

I want my L.A.R.B.

by mortyyy
6 months ago

I read the LA Review of Books everyday. Get out the vote! Unfortunately, gems like these don't survive on their own! They need the support of their readers and communities.

by bingobob
6 months ago

wonderful arts coverage.

by cvoisine
6 months ago

Some of the best analysis available online

by andymartinink
6 months ago

LARB is a fantastic an important organization, the literary world will only be benefited by their success.

by theneweryork1
6 months ago

Love the support for LA writers. Go LARB!

by 4evrovrhead
6 months ago

Thanks, Jackswan, for your support!

by TomLutz
5 months ago

Thanks, Utopiapolis, we are dedicated to increasing our translation coverage.

by TomLutz
5 months ago

Gracias y un abrazo!

by TomLutz
5 months ago

Thanks, C Valdez!

by TomLutz
5 months ago

not sure how to respond to this....... thank you?

by TomLutz
5 months ago

:)

by TomLutz
5 months ago

Thank you, JM, much appreciated. I and one of our most important editors, Evan Kindley, both came to this having studied the history of little magazines in America and elsewhere, s we very much appreciate this comment (and of course the compliment!).

by TomLutz
5 months ago

Thank you to the woman so nice they named you twice!

by TomLutz
5 months ago

We are, of course, thrilled to hear you say that, Thetchy!

by TomLutz
5 months ago

Thanks so much for saying that!

by TomLutz
5 months ago

Tom Hanks and Cameron Diaz are people with every right to support the arts projects they find worthy. What is ethically questionable about that? Also Wilmer Valderrama tweeted about us, too, and we had no idea he was a reader and supporter of ours until he did. He was not a "Hollywood connection," he was a supporter who is well known because of the work he has done in "Hollywood." Tom Hanks and Cameron Diaz we already knew were supporters, and in fact they supported us last year, too, when we were one of the worthy projects "edged out" by the ones that won by getting more votes, often with the help of well known people.. Quite a few screenwriters and actors voted for us, we assume, while many voted for the Stella Adler project, of course. And I'm not sure what kind of innuendo you were going for, but this IS in fact an indication of how we hope to put food on the table for writers and artists — we hope to raise money from foundations as one of our revenue streams. We also have no idea what you mean by your ominous last phrase, but I will say this: I have yet to see an LA2050 challenge submission that is not worthy of funding, and if you are suggesting that our project is less worthy than some of the other projects here, what can we say? You are as entitled to your opinion as Tom Hanks is to his. I know I work every day for LARB, as a volunteer, without any pay whatsoever, to help, as you say, put food on the table of writers and artists and editors and web designers and everyone else who comes together to make LARB. And yes, one of the main ways I plan to help put food on people's tables is by raising the money to pay them. This grant will help us build capacity, but it is just a fraction of our annual budget. And since it will only last for a year, we will need to find other revenue next year. Finally, if we didn't consider who we were helping, and how — and of course it is not just writers and artists but readers and citizens; we exist as a public service for readers everywhere — we wouldn't all be working so hard 7 days a week, 365 days a year doing what we do. I hope the projects you supported more than you supported ours find the funds they need, by winning one of these LA2050 grants or elsewhere. But we sure hope we win one of them too. Last year the project with the most votes in each category automatically won a grant. This year one of the top ten vote getters gets a grant and the jury picks that winner and the others. Obviously we hope the fact that we got the most votes in our category weighs heavily in the jury's decision, and shows how wide the support is that we have in the community. We have hundreds of thousands of people who read us, and those readers are our main support.

by TomLutz
5 months ago

Thank you AnatomyofaRiot for your vote and your work for us!

by TomLutz
5 months ago

Thanks, MaDemimondaine, we suspect our demimonde is your demimonde......

by TomLutz
5 months ago

Thank you for the kind words, Lalexande, it si exactly what we are after!

by TomLutz
5 months ago

Thank you, Zoe!

by TomLutz
5 months ago

Thanks, Polkadotbraudy, for your vote. We are all wishing, over here at the Review, that our parents had named us Polkadot, too!

by TomLutz
6 months ago

Thanks, mortymachines, for your vote and the praise — I don't know why, but we seem to like praise!......

by TomLutz
6 months ago

Katie, GOOD should have sent you a confirmation e-mail. Did that ever show up?

by mike.goetzman
6 months ago

*and important

by theneweryork1
6 months ago

Make that "every" chance you get. :-)

by ZoeMurdock
5 months ago

Hi Katie,

Sorry to hear about the issue!

The first email you receive only confirms that you have an active GOOD account. The vote verification email has about a 5 minute delay before it arrives in a voter's inbox. Please check the spam folder as some emails may end up there.

As a new user to GOOD Maker, users will receive a few emails that will arrive in this order:
- "Welcome to GOOD"
- "Finish Casting Your Vote for the My LA2050 Grants Challenge" (vote verification email)
- "Your Vote Confirmation for _________ in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge" (vote confirmation email)

The second email will contain a link to verify your email address to vote in the challenge, and the third email will confirm that your vote has been submitted.

Please let us know if you have any other questions!

Best,
Team LA2050

by good-maker-team
6 months ago

Thanks, Team LA2050, and thanks Katie!

by TomLutz
6 months ago

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Submission Began
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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

Voting Ended
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
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Winner Announced
Tuesday, December 08, 2015