Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the launch of the city’s new Creative Catalyst Artist in Residence Program, facilitated by Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). The program will place artists to work within city departments to incorporate creative thinking in Los Angeles's approach to civic issues.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) will be the first city department to receive an artist residency. DOT’s Creative Catalyst artist will design an accessible, targeted campaign to engage L.A. communities with Vision Zero, which is a citywide strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities within 10 years. Danielle Brazell, General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, commented, “The Creative Catalyst Artist in Residence Program is the perfect example of how departments can work together using the unlimited potential of artists in L.A. A 21st century city must embrace collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity.” The selected artist will be chosen through a community-driven process, managed by DCA and DOT, will be contracted to work within the DOT part-time for two years; applications closed on November 9, 2015.