LA Convergence 2015

October 29, 2015 at 8:45am - 4:30pm
Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4718 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016
United States
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If you missed the LA Convergence in October, we've posted three new videos of highlights from the day on YouTube. 

  • Pecha Kuchas by Ron Finley, Kaile Shilling, and Ping Ho on Creative, Collaborative, and Sustainable Approaches to Community Health.


MBJ.jpgKEYNOTE SPEAKER: Marc Bamuthi Joseph is an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, the winner of the 2011 Alpert Award in Theater, and an inaugural recipient of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. He is the founding Program Director of the exemplary non-profit Youth Speaks, and is a co-founder of Life is Living, a national series of one day festivals designed to activate under-resourced parks through hip hop arts and focused environmental action. Mr. Joseph recently premiered the Creative Time commission “Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos” in New York’s Central Park, and is currently completing a new work with Bill T. Jones for the Philadelphia Opera while serving as Chief of Program and Pedagogy at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. His evening length piece “/peh-LO-tah/” has been commissioned by the Kennedy Center and will premiere at YBCA in the Fall of 2016.


9:00 a.m.     Registration opens

10:00 a.m.   Opening Keynote:  “Re-Imagine: The Cycle of a Question” by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

11:15 a.m.    Break

11:30 a.m.    Breakouts, Session 1

1:00 p.m.      Lunch

2:00 p.m.      Breakouts, Session 2

3:30 p.m.      Closing Artist Panel - Our Community: Re-Imagined. This dynamic closing panel will feature artists who are engaging in social practice and social activism, inviting us into a collective imagining of our society re-imagined.

Moderator: Juan Devis

Artists: Kahlil Joseph, Maya Jupiter, Jose Ramirez

Presenter Bios - read more about our speakers



Environment: Creating & Using Spaces

Themes: Creative placemaking, land use, & gentrification. This session will explore the ideas of creating and using spaces. Top leaders from the public and nonprofit sector will engage a conversation that will delve into issues such as gentrification, land use, and housing and the relevance for the arts and culture sector in Los Angeles County.  

Amanda Daflos, Director, Innovation Team, Mayor's Office of Budget, Innovation & Excellence, City of Los Angeles
Rudy Espinoza, Executive Director of Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN)
Julia Meltzer, Director, Clockshop

Beyond the Numbers: What Recent Research (and Controversy!) Tells Us About the Future of the Arts

Themes: Economic impact, audience engagement, creative industry, jobs. Participants are invited to a dynamic deep dive into current economic and arts engagement reports. Presenters will highlight findings that have relevance to the day-to-day work of artists and arts administrators. Live illustration will make the discussion come alive as session participants engage with these topics.  

Talia Gibas, Professional Development Programs Manager, Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Charles Jensen, Managing Editor, Colburn School

A Seat At The Table: A Conversation about Racial & Educational Equity

Themes: Educational equity, racial justice. We are at a critical moment to address issues of equity in our education system and in society. In this open-format session, join your colleagues in a conversation about race, education, and equity. 

Mynor Godoy, Education Program Officer, United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Elena Muslar, Program Assistant, Skirball Cultural Center

Art in Movement: Public Transportation & Geography

Themes: Transportation, geographical enclaves, access to transit, access to arts experiences. Every day millions of residents participate in movement and transit throughout LA County. There is incredible infrastructural challenges and opportunities associated with this movement. This session will provide context to transportation and geographic issues facing residents and how the arts community can respond and participate in this system in meaningful ways.

Evelyn Blumenberg, Professor & Chair of Urban Planning Dept., UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
Letitia F. Ivins, Creative Services Manager, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)
Aaron Paley, President and co-founder of Community Arts Resources (CARS), co-founder and Executive Director of CicLAvia

Audience Development & Community Engagement

Themes: Audience development, community engagement, arts education, organizational values in action. Arts organization continue to explore ways they engage with communities and audiences. This highly-engaging session will allow participants to dig into issues of audience development and community engagement through examples of organizations that are currently tackling these issues in innovative ways.  

Facilitator: Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Diane Luby Lane, Founder and Executive Director, Get Lit - Words Ignite
Heather Rigby, General Manager of Productions, L.A. County Arts Commission at the Ford Theatres

Creative, Collaborative, and Sustainable Approaches to Community Health

Themes: Food justice, arts & healing, community wellness, violence prevention, public health. What are the ways we contribute to community health and safety through our work? This session will feature three dynamic presenters who are leading community based initiatives to improve the lives of residents through violence prevention, food justice and sustainability, and integrative mental health. 

Ron Finley, Head Trouble Maker, The Ron Finley Project
Ping Ho, MA, MPH, Founding Director, UCLArts and Healing
Kaile Shilling, Executive Director, Violence Prevention Coalition


Member Registration

The LA Convergence is free for staff 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:

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

Additional tickets for Member Organizations will be at a 40% discount, or $75. 

Non-Member Registration

If you or your organization are 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 2015 LA Convergence for any individual or organization who pays the $125 Membership dues at the time of registration. For the next twelve months, you or your organization will have special access to convenings like ArtsDay as well as smaller events we host around arts education, creative economy, and civic engagement issues.

The 2015 LA Convergence is made possible with the support of its Member Organizations, Contributing Members, and the following:

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