Laura Zucker, Director of Arts Management


Laura Zucker teaches a core course for the Arts Management program, the Theory and Practice of Arts Management, in downtown Los Angeles.

Laura Zucker has been Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission since 1992. The Arts Commission provides leadership in cultural services of all disciplines for the largest county in the United States, encompassing 88 municipalities. In addition to funding the largest arts internship program for undergraduates in the country in conjunction with the Getty Foundation, the Arts Commission administers a $4.1 million grants program that funds more than 350 nonprofit arts organizations annually; provides leadership and staffing to support the regional blueprint to restore arts education to all 81 school districts in Los Angeles County, Arts for All; programs the John Anson Ford Theatres; and implements the county’s civic art program. The Arts Commission also produces free community programs, including the L.A. Holiday Celebration, which emanates from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center and is broadcast on public televsion, and a year-round music program that funds more than 50 free concerts each year in public sites.

During 2005 Ms. Zucker was on special assignment with Eli Broad to develop Arts + Culture LA to market LA as a cultural destination. Previously, she 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 is on the board of the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE), an officer of the Ford Theatre Foundation board, a member of the Marketing Advisory Council for the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, a founding member of the board of Arts for LA, on the Advisory Board for the Angell Foundation and a member of the United States Urban Arts Federation.

Ms. Zucker was previously the Executive Director of the Ventura Arts Council and was producing director of the Back Alley Theatre for ten years. She received a B.A. in English from Barnard College and attended the Yale School of Drama.

 

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