1 presence of opportunities for cultural participation, 2 participation in cultural and artistic activities, and 3 support for cultural participation.
Arts and Cultural vitality relates to the vibrancy and strength of the region’s cultural, creative, and artistic institutions. Public participation in both formal (e.g., museums) and less formal (e.g., community festivals) arts and cultural events has direct economic impacts265 and has direct impacts on the iconic nature of a place.266 Metropolitan Los Angeles is, in most respects, the national leader in arts and culture.
—Michael Govan, CEO & Director, LACMA
The dynamic LA arts scene continues to expand and evolve in unexpected and astonishing ways. But to continue to outpace its competitors, Los Angeles must keep the in-migration pipeline flowing. It must recruit, train, and retain the next generation of creative artists.
Arts & Cultural Vitality in 2050 is expected to go from “significantly enhancing human development” (green) to “enhancing human development” (light green). The primary reason for this projection is the fact that Los Angeles lacks a coherent arts-nurturing policy at the local or regional level. Likewise, if public support for the arts continues to diminish as it has in recent decades, the region may cede some of its arts and cultural dominance to other locales. Still, arts and cultural communities have thrived in LA in spite of challenges in the past, and we expect that Los Angeles will remain an attractive place for artists and arts professionals in the future.