2014 LA Convergence

2014 LA Convergence


Join us for Los Angeles County's annual convening of leaders in arts, culture, and arts education.

2014 LA Convergence: Building the Next Los Angeles

October 24, 2014  |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
East Los Angeles College
Monterey Park, CA

Registration is now closed. 

Contact Charles Flowers at [email protected] with any questions about registration.

The LA Convergence is a day of collaboration, conversation, and shared learning for those working to make Los Angeles a healthy, vibrant, and prosperous region through arts and culture.  It provides a singular opportunity to bring together leaders across disciplines, from myriad organizational roles, and from every corner of Los Angeles County.

The day's focus is on listening, learning, and collaborating to advance the role arts and culture play in building healthy communities.

The LA Convergence is designed for executive leaders and emerging leaders with a deep investment in cultural policy, cross-regional collaboration, and greater understanding of issues currently affecting arts, culture, and arts education.  For most organizations, the Executive Director or comparable leader is the right person to attend the event.  Larger organizations may want to consider sending a government affairs-focused staff member as well.

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Registration & Fees

The LA Convergence is free for executive leaders from all Arts for LA Member Organizations in good standing.  Because organizations of different sizes have different capacity, we have created a tiered attendance structure to help our member organizations identify how many people can attend and who they might be:

Current Membership Level Number of Free Registrations Available
Emerging, $125, $250 1
$500, $750,  2
$1000, $2500 3

Non-member Registration

If your organization is not currently an Arts for LA Member, there's no better time to join than the LA Convergence.  We're offering free admission to the 2014 LA Convergence for any representative of an organization who pays the $125 Membership dues at the time of registration.  For the next twelve months, you and your organization will have special access to convenings like our Cultural Policy Institute and ArtsDay as well as smaller events we host around arts education, creative economy, and civic engagement issues.


In order to make our event more accessible to our colleagues who might not want to make a very long drive on the day of the event, we have contracted with the Hilton Garden Inn to hold a room block at a special LA Convergence rate of $109 per night.  Rooms must be reserved before October 10 to lock in this special rate!  To make your reservation, call the hotel directly at (323) 724-5900.  The Hilton Garden Inn is located approximately a mile and a half from the LA Convergence site at 801 Via San Clemente, Montebello, CA 90640.


Traveling to the LA Convergence

Plentiful on-site parking is provided less than a five minute walk from the LA Convergence event site on the East Los Angeles College Campus.

East Los Angeles College is a twenty minute walk from the Atlantic Blvd station of METRO's Gold Line for those guests who prefer to use public transportation.


2014 LA Convergence Schedule


9:00 a.m.

Breakfast (included with registration)

10:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote
Anat Shenker-Osorio, ASO Communciations
"A Culture Shift for the Arts"

11:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions, Round 1

"Catalysts": The UnPanel
Community leaders give two-minute pitches on how they think arts & culture
can build the next Los Angeles; attendees then break into small groups with
1 presenter to drill down into how the idea might be implemented.

> Omar Brownson, Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation
> Rudy Espinoza, LURN
> Michelle Rhone-Collins, LIFT-LA
> Yosi Sergant, TaskForce PR
> Amy Shimson-Santo, Arts Education Advocate
> Brenda Shockley, Community Build
> Elizabeth Timme, La Más
> Nguyen Tran, Starry Kitchen

> Moderator: Daniel Lahoda, LALA Freewalls/Lahoda Fine Arts


Moving beyond collaboration into the realm where makers & users (or artists
& audiences) work in partnership toward a mutually shared outcome.

> Katie Burbank, Yelp
> Mia Lehrer, Mia Lehrer + Associates
> Grayce Liu, EmpowerLA
Rosten Woo, Artist

> Moderator: Mike Blockstein, Principal, Public Matters


Exploring the ways in which arts & culture bolsters outcomes when employed
as a strategy among many strategies.

Jennifer Ferro, KCRW Radio
> David Andrés Kietzman, Youth Speak! Collective
Lucas Rivera, Grand Park, The Music Center

> Moderator: David Mack, The Industry/Heidi Duckler Dance Theater/LA
Dance Project

12:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions, Round 2 (repeat of Round 1 sessions)

1:30 p.m.

Lunch (included with registration)

2:30 p.m.

Pecha Kuchas: Lightning fast presentations
"Lessons, Models, & Ideas from Other Places"
> Krystee Clark, Sunland-Tunjunga Neighborhood Council
> Kai Flores-Emnace
> Patricia Garza, Center Theatre Group
> Erin Harkey, Los Angeles County Arts Commission
> Elena Muslar, Inner-City Arts
> Levi Ponce, Artist

3:30 p.m.

Closing Keynote

Luis J. Rodriguez, Poet Laureate of Los Angeles

2014 LA Convergence Steering Committee

Arts for LA graciously thanks this group of leaders who brought their knowledge and expertise to planning and organizing the 2014 LA Convergence.

Aurea Adao, METRO
Maria Robinson Glover, LACMA
Marie Kellier, CARICABELA
Marla Koosed, City of Culver City Cultural Affairs Commission
Larry Laboe, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA)
Felicia Rosenfeld, Pentacle
Robin Sukhadia, artworxLA
Victoria Plata, Avenue 50 Studios

2014 LA Convergence Sponsors

Thank you to the organizations who help make the LA Convergence possible! 


  California Community Foundation