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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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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!


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, December 03, 2014 7:00 PM • Colorado Center Community Room, 2500 Broadway, Santa Monica, 90404
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 7:00 PM • Wells Fargo Building, 2140 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704
Thursday, December 04, 2014 6:00 PM • California Lawyers for the Arts, 2015 J Street Suite 204 Sacramento 95811
Tuesday, December 09, 2014 7:00 PM • Donahue Fitzgerald LLP, 1999 Harrison Street, 25th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 7:00 PM • Colorado Center Community Room, 2500 Broadway, Santa Monica, 90404
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 7:00 PM • Wells Fargo Building, 2140 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704


July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014

In our 39th fiscal year:

1,135 persons were members of California Lawyers for the Arts

823 clients received legal assistance from our attorney panel

2009 persons attended 90 C.L.A. educational programs
1,463 individuals and organizations participated in alternative dispute resolution services
61 persons received mediation training

57 deserving teens were placed in arts internships and attended 14 job readiness workshops

Our website averaged 15,165 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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    California Lawyers for the Arts is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization & your donation is tax deductible as a charitable contribution to the fullest extent of the law. 

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