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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.




MARK YOUR CALENDARS
BIG DAY OF GIVING
on 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.

Here is the link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-youth-and-community-arts-in-san-francisco

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. 

Upcoming events

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 7:00 PM • Colorado Center Community Room, 2500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 7:00 PM • Wells Fargo Building, 2140 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 6:30 PM • Law Offices of Michael T. Solomon, 1017 25th Street, Sacramento, CA. 95816
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 7:00 PM • Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 7:00 PM • Wells Fargo Building, 2140 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704
Thursday, May 28, 2015 6:30 PM • TBD - Sacramento, CA
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 7:00 PM • Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401
Thursday, June 11, 2015 7:00 PM • Wells Fargo Building, 2140 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 • University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA
Saturday, June 20, 2015 9:00 AM • Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N. Avenue 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Monday, June 22, 2015 7:00 PM • SmithHouse Tap and Grill, 10351 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 7:00 PM • Wells Fargo Building, 2140 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704







CLA BY THE NUMBERS

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.

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