Civic Art Demographics Survey

The Civic Art Demographics Study, a collaboration between Arts and Culture’s Research and Evaluation and Civic Art divisions, is a comprehensive analysis of artworks and artists in the Collection. It is one part of a broader initiative to review Civic Art policies, procedures, commissions, and support for artists. Research consultant Special Service for Groups, Inc. (SSG) conducted the study on behalf of Arts and Culture and prepared the report.

This report findings document the demographic makeup of artists and artworks included in the Collection.

Among the key findings:

  • Latina/o/x/e artists are the most underrepresented of all US Census race and ethnicity categories, making up 9 percent of responding artists compared to 49 percent of the LA County population
  • Latina/o/x/e artists also received the lowest average commission, compared to other race or ethnic groups
  • 64 percent of respondents have a master's degree, doctorate, or other terminal degree, compared to 13 percent of the LA County population
  • Among artists who identified as one race, none identified as American Indian, Alaska Native, Indigenous or First Nations compared to 0.1% of the total LA County population. Among artists who identified as more than one race, five artists did specify this as one race or ethnicity they identify with.
  • 50 percent of survey respondents identify as female, similar to LA County's population. 42 percent of survey respondents identify as male and five percent of survey respondents identify as genderqueer or gender non-conforming.
  • 18 percent of survey respondents stated they have a disability. In LA County, for residents under the age of 65, less than three percent report having a disability.
  • Respondents with higher education received higher contract fees than those with less education
  • 32 percent of respondents were born in California while 24 percent were born in LA County

This report provides empirical evidence to support the Civic Art Division and the Department as we continue to center diversity, equity, inclusion, and access to art and to expand economic opportunity for the public and artists within LA County. The findings support efforts to assess policies and practices in solicitation, outreach, artist selection process, and budget.