President Joe Biden has appointed Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, 1st District, to the Board of Trustees at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The Kennedy Center, a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, is considered the national cultural center. It hosts world-class performing arts that are made available to the broadest possible constituencies. As an agency, it delivers arts education opportunities nationwide.
Solis is Biden’s first Kennedy Center appointment, a recognition of her longstanding advocacy for underserved communities and people of color. Solis has fought for equitable resources in many sectors including environmental justice, community building, public safety, housing, workforce development, arts and culture.
She co-authored a resolution that directed the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture to release its 2017 Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative, which established strategies for ensuring L.A. County residents have equitable access to arts and culture, and increased inclusion in the arts in every community. CEII ensures that everyone can participate in benefits provided by the arts such as personal and community resiliency, positive education outcomes and career opportunities in the creative economy. The Kennedy Center accomplishes the same work on a national level, fostering anti-racism initiatives in the performing arts and social impact initiatives.
“I am deeply honored to be President Biden’s first appointment to the Kennedy Center at a critical time where arts education is essential to building vibrant and thriving communities,” Solis said. “The Kennedy Center enriches the lives of Americans across the nation and I am humbled to join in the mission of the board of trustees to inspire and enrich communities through art. My work to develop and advance Los Angeles County’s Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative over the years is a testament to my commitment to ensuring all Angelenos, regardless of where they live, have access to the arts. I look forward to uplifting this work at the national level so that Americans across our country can benefit from increased equity and access.”
“We are delighted to welcome Supervisor Solis to the Kennedy Center family. Her time spent in Washington, D.C., and her leadership in Los Angeles County supporting arts communities and arts education, are important assets as we expand our reach and advance our work in the Washington, D.C.-area and across the country,” said Deborah Rutter, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. “Supervisor Solis’ commitment to anti-racism and diversity, equity and inclusion are in perfect alignment with the Kennedy Center’s mission and we look forward to working with her in the years to come.”
For information, visit lacountyarts.org and hildalsolis.org.
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