California Lawyers for the Arts empowers the creative community by providing education, representation and dispute resolution.
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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BIG DAY OF GIVINGon May 5th! 24 hours to Give -- Begins Midnight 12:00am www.bigdayofgiving.org
California Lawyers for the Arts invites YOU to join us in making a BIG difference on the BIG Day of Giving.
Starting at 12:00 am midnight, on May 5th, you can help CLA continue to support California Artists by making a gift of as little as $25! Your support helps us to provide essential programming and support for artists in order to help our communities thrive socially and economically. You will have 24 hours to make your donation. Please join us and give where you live! On May 5th, click the link below to show your support for the arts! Each donation to CLA is matched on a prorated basis, making every gift go farther. All donations are tax-deductible. http://givingedge.guidestar.org/NonprofitProfile.aspx?OrgId=1140180
California Lawyers for the Arts and the William James Association, in collaboration with the University of San Francisco, are presenting a unique national conference:Arts in Corrections: Opportunities for Justice and Rehabilitation
June 16 to 19, 2015
University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA
This conference will provide a robust review of current trends in arts in corrections, including an overview of public policy, funding strategies, evaluation methods, and legislative trends. Special features include a one-day training program on Tuesday, June 16 with experienced practitioners for artists who are new to the field, opportunities to build out the structure for a national coalition, and a showcase of the arts at San Quentin State Prison in Marin County on Friday, June 19.
SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTS, a program of California Lawyers for the Arts, provides exposure to the arts and employment for low income high school students ages 14-17 who reside in neighborhoods throughout San Francisco. In 2014-2015 our new cohort of youth have chosen to team up with the community focused art organization, 14 Black Poppies, to develop a collaborative art project: an exhibition,You Belong Here, that showcases a transdisciplinary and cross-platform investigation into belonging. The project will culminate April 11 during an event that is open to the public. We have raised $2,200 and we are seeking to raise $5,000 more.
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.
A short essay describing the background of the making of this video with links to descriptions of relevant research is posted on our blog HERE.
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.