This advocacy effort is a result of the many mentors and colleagues who have opened my eyes to the power of the arts for social impact and the need to develop policy that reflects our values and effectively empowers and uplifts our communities.

Thanks to Dr. Brent Blair for first opening my eyes to the power of the arts for social impact with his incredible undergrad and graduate programs in Applied Theatre Arts at USC; to Marie Kellier and the Empowerment Congress Arts & Culture Committee for leading me to focus on cultural policy; to Dorsay Dujon of Make Music LA for helping to champion REACH at City Hall with the Neighborhood Council system; to Sir Ken Robinson for his mentorship and support; and to the many arts teachers who have enriched my life in countless ways, leading me to become an arts advocate with the hope to pay this richness forward for the next generation. Big thanks to Arts for LA as well for featuring the framework at their 2017 Convergence with the theme “Expanding Our R.E.A.C.H.” and to all the other great arts leaders with whom I’ve been privileged to work.

Trevor Davis