Executive Director, Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Laura Zucker is Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and Senior Fellow in the Center for Management in the Creative Industries at Claremont Graduate University. The Arts Commission provides leadership in cultural services of all disciplines for the largest County in the United States, encompassing 88 municipalities. It funds 364 nonprofit arts organizations through a two-year $9 million grant program, implements Arts for All, the regional initiative dedicated to restoring arts education to 81 public school districts, programs and operates the Ford Theatres, funds the largest arts internship program in the country and manages the County’s civic art policy. The Arts Commission also produces free community programs, including the Emmy® Award-winning LA County Holiday Celebration broadcast on public television.
In 2013, Ms. Zucker spearheaded the addition of Los Angeles County to the global initiative, the World Cities Culture Report and Forum, a report that features 23 major world urban centers and contains a wealth of information and data on arts and culture never collected in one place before. Her leadership helped shape the regional cultural calendar on ExperienceLA.com, which is currently undergoing a major transformation in close partnership with the Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Board. Ms. Zucker headed the California Cultural Tourism Initiative, which marketed the arts of California’s three urban regions domestically and internationally. She is the author of a regional study of individual artists as part of the California Arts Council’s economic impact study on the arts.
Ms. Zucker serves on the cultural tourism committee for the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy & Jobs (The L.A. Coalition), which focuses its efforts on initiatives to spur economic growth and job creation in the region. She also serves on the boards of Grantmakers in the Arts, is an officer of the Ford Theatre Foundation board and was a founding member of the board of Arts for LA. She was previously the Executive Director of the Ventura Arts Council and was producing director of the Back Alley Theatre for ten years. Ms. Zucker received a B.A. in English from Barnard College and attended the Yale School of Drama.
Breakout Session 2.1: The Arts and Economic Growth