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Our Mission

California Lawyers for the Arts empowers the creative community by providing education, representation and dispute resolution.

Our Vision

Artists and arts organizations serve as agents of democratic involvement, innovation, and positive social change, and the growth of an empowered arts sector is essential to healthy communities. CLA’s leadership and services strengthen the arts for the benefit of communities throughout California.

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CLA is a State Bar Certified 
Lawyer Referral Service - No. 0021


WHAT IF THIS 
HAPPENED TO YOU?

In 2013, CLA's SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTS program provided a platform for teens who were harassed by San Francisco police officers to describe their experiences in a short video, What If This Happened To You?. The teens in this program learned interviewing techniques, as well as sound and camera techniques, under the direction of CLA's Spotlight on the Arts program staff. They also interviewed a knowledgeable attorney about how they should respond in such situations.
 
Watch the film HERE!



PREPARE YOUR TAXES
2013 TAX YEAR

Buy The Art of Deduction now and learn how to prepare your taxes for the 2013 tax year. This is the tax guide for creative artists and arts organizations (since 1978!).


CLA members can sign-in to this website and get 25% off this workbook -- save $5 -- by ordering in the Member Bookstore.

* Significant tax law changes for 2013
* Who must file an income tax return?
* What qualifies as income?
* What can be deducted from income?
* How to compute income taxes owed?
* California rules included!




CLA's INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL PROGRAM 2014





May 21-28, 2015 

Join Cuba Educational Travel and California Lawyers for the Arts as we visit The Havana Bienal!

Meet the people of Cuba and learn about art from the Americas, Asia and Africa. The week will be devoted to meeting and sharing ideas with Cuban artists, curators and the everyday people of Havana. Contemporary art of Cuba, Latin America, Asia and Africa will be fully displayed throughout the city, making this curated event the only place on the Globe where you can see all of this work together in one place. For American art experts and aficionados alike, the Havana Bienal is a good way to stay in touch with developments in the visual arts of these regions.


Upcoming events

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 7:00 PM • Wells Fargo Building, 2140 Shattuck Ave., Suite 301, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 7:00 PM • Bungalow Art Center, 727 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90813
Monday, September 22, 2014 7:00 PM • 11:11 A Creative Collective, 18640 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 7:00 PM • Wells Fargo Building, 2140 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 7:00 PM • Art Share L.A., 901 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Wednesday, October 08, 2014 7:00 PM • Wells Fargo Building, 2140 Shattuck Ave., Suite 310, Berkeley, CA 94704
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:00 PM • Wells Fargo Building, 2140 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
Thursday, October 16, 2014 5:00 PM • Sacramento Location TBA
Monday, October 27, 2014 7:00 PM • Colorado Center Community Room, 2500 Broadway, Santa Monica, 90404
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 6:30 PM • Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024





CLA BY THE NUMBERS

July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013

In our 38th fiscal year:

1,079 persons were members of California Lawyers for the Arts

932 clients received legal assistance from our attorney panel

1,390 persons attended 75 C.L.A. educational programs

1,002 individuals and organizations participated in alternative dispute resolution services

74 persons received mediation training


57 deserving teens were placed in arts internships and attended 9 job readiness workshops

150 persons participated in our Artistic License Awards benefit

Our website averaged 13,637 pageviews per month with visitors from 127 countries.



As a member of C.L.A., you are supporting and participating in a dynamic service organization, providing vital links to other community sectors and current issues affecting the arts as well as quality legal services and educational programs. 

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