Building on the legacy of our founders, The League of Allied Arts is the preeminent organization in the Los Angeles area that fosters the flourishing of African American Arts and Culture and advances the talents of emerging artists.
The Mission of the women of the League of Allied Arts is to dedicate their efforts to:
Studying and promoting the development of all creative art forms.
Nurturing and patronizing the development of aspiring, emerging and established artists.
Providing opportunities to extend the appreciation of arts to the membership, the African American and community at large.
Establishing relationships with other community organizations, corporations, businesses and foundations for developing partnerships and resources of mutual benefit that enhance and help achieve the League’s objectives.
Advancing inter-cultural fellowships through the medium of the arts.
FOUNDERS AND FIRST PRESIDENTS, 1939 -1965
DOROTHY VENA JOHNSON, CO-FOUNDER*
JUANITA MILLER, CO-FOUNDER*
1965 – 1969 Antoinette Atkinson
1969 – 1973 Aurora Hoskins
1973 – 1977 Thelma Houston
1977 – 1981 Kathryn “Penny” Carr
1985 – 1989 Joy Atkinson
1989 – 1993 Thomasina Ayers Pleasant
1993 – 1997 Sandy Hoskins Wilkins
1997 -2001 Dorothy M. Thornhill
2001 – 2005 Elodie George*
2005 – 2009 Carol Hall Holliday
2009 – 2011 Deborah Beavers-Watford
2011 – 2012 Mary Ann Green
2012 – 2013 Susan Anderson
2013-2015 Joan A. Thomas