Some of the most interesting innovations in the arts and culture sectors in the world are happening in Los Angeles right now. Why is Los Angeles such an incubator of innovation? Is what is happening in Los Angeles happening elsewhere?

To celebrate the first decade of the Arts Management and Museum Studies programs at Claremont Graduate University, the School of Arts & Humanities, with generous support from the Thornton F. Bradshaw Programs and Endowment Fund, is hosting a one day conference.

The conference will feature cutting edge models and projects in the arts sector in Los Angeles, stimulating discussion on how Los Angeles arts and cultural organizations are innovating in the field, transforming theory into practice.


Steven Tepper, Dean, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University


John Echeveste, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Philippe Vergne, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Christina Yu Yu, Director, USC Pacific Asia Museum


Sasha Anawalt, Associate Professor and Director, USC Annenberg Master's Program in Arts Journalism
Gerlie Collado, CGU Arts Management '14, Arts Program Associate, The James Irvine Foundation
Kate Johnston, Designer, The Women's Center for Creative Work
Amy Kitchener, Executive Director, Alliance for California Traditional Arts
Julia Meltzer, Artist
Rebecca Niederlander, Artist and Co-founder, Broodwork
Yuval Sharon, Artistic Director, The Industry
Alissa Walker, President/Co-founder, de Lab
Sarah Williams, Producer, The Women's Center for Creative Work
with more to be announced.

* Please join us after the closing reception at 7pm for a viewing of James Turrell's Skyspace on the Pomona College campus.


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Parking is free and available on the street and in all Claremont Graduate University parking lots.

Conference registration is required.

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