Arts for LA Invites Arts & Culture Leaders to Attend LA Convergence Oct 29

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 3:03pm

Photo: convergence logoArts for LA invites any interested arts and culture stakeholder to register for the 2013 LA Convergence, to be held October 29 at the Skirball Cultural Center.

The LA Convergence is a biennial opportunity for the arts and culture field to gather and listen, learn, and collaborate around issues facing our region.  This year's event promises to some provocative dialogue around undercurrents at work in the region.  

The morning will be anchored by three breakout sessions organized around ideas that bubbled up in a field-wide survey completed in August of this year:

"Equity and Justice," moderated by Kafi Blumenfeld
Panelists include Maria Cabildo, East Los Angeles Community Corporation, and Carla Sanger, LA's Best

"Excellence and Engagement," moderated by Claire Peeps
Panelists include Laura Zucker, Los Angeles County Arts Commission

"Integration and Isolation," moderated by Angie Kim
Panelists include Marisa Saunders, UCLA IDEA and Annenberg Foundation, and Zipporah Lax Yamamoto, LA METRO

Following lunch (included in registration), several presenters will talk through a "Research Blitz Pecha Kucha."  Each presenter will have twenty slides shown for twenty seconds each; in that time, they will summarize and respond to recent reports and intiatives in the field.  Confirmed speakers include Thor Steingraber, artist and producer; Chris Anthony, Shakespeare Center LA; Patricia Garza, Center Theatre Group; Talia Gibas, Los Angeles County Arts for All; Catherine Arias, Museum of Contemporary Art; and Shayna Keller, Dance Resource Center.

A closing keynote will be provided by the Reverend Dr. Ron David, a chaplin at Good Samaritan Hospital Los Angeles and professor in public policy at Harvard University.

Following the keynote, all of our guests are invited to join us for a casual networking reception at the Skirball Cultural Center.

Registration is free for current Arts for LA Members (call us to get the code).  Nonmembers pay $125, which includes both the LA Convergence and a one-year membership with Arts for LA.