Jun 16, 2020
Danielle Brazell is the General
Manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs,
reporting directly to the Mayor and leading a full-time staff of 85
and part-time staff of 200. Danielle talks about how she overcame
obstacles in her upbringing to recenter herself towards a life full
of meaning and passion. She shares how she became involved in the
arts and made a career for herself helping others share their love
of arts and culture. Danielle and I then talk about how arts have
been affected in the pandemic, and ways they are reinventing the
wheel to adjust to the current situation.
What You Will Hear in This Episode:
- Danielle had a multitude of health problems at
birth, and the fight to be alive gave her a strong will and a solid
sense of morality and integrity.
good friend got Danielle to sign up for school again after she had
dropped out, and her teacher made a big impact on her life by
providing a safe and respectful environment where she could dream
big and express herself.
- Danielle had a wake-up call in her mid 30’s and
decided she needed to consciously strategize and reimagine what was
possible for her, using the tools and knowledge and passion for the
arts to make a real difference.
- It is
so comfortable to stay in our comfort zone, but growing is really
what pushes us forward.
only did Danielle take a plunge in her career, but she bungee
jumped and yes, it is as scary (but thrilling) as it
- Danielle and her amazing team are providing
relief for artists and creating virtual events to make sure art is
as available and as supported as possible during the pandemic.
While there have been some substantial budget cuts, she feels
confident that they will recover and reimagine their own
driven by a strong sense of belief and meaning.”
is so comfortable to stay where we are, but it becomes
uncomfortable to stay where we are.”
- “Public health includes mental health, and we
need cultural arts to get through this.”
City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural
Arts for LA
Highways Performance Space