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

CLOSING KEYNOTE: New Directors, New Directions

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
January Parkos Arnall, Curatorial Assistant, Public Engagement, Hammer Museum
Ann Berchtold, Founder/Director, ART SAN DIEGO
Leticia Buckley, Director of Communications and Marketing, LA County Arts Commission
John Burtle, Artist
Gerlie Collado, CGU Arts Management '14, Arts Program Associate, The James Irvine Foundation
Juan Devis, Sr. VP of Content Development and Production, KCET Link
Cheri Gaulke, Artist, Co-founder of Feminist Art Workers and Sisters Of Survival, Head of Visual Arts, Harvard-Westlake School
Asuka Hisa, Director fo Education and Public Programs, Santa Monica Museum of Art
Kate Johnston, Designer, The Women's Center for Creative Work
Amy Kitchener, Executive Director, Alliance for California Traditional Arts
Karen Mack, Founder and Executive Director, LA Commons
Julia Meltzer, Filmmaker and Director of Clockshop, a non-profit arts organization
Kristina Newhouse, Curator, University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach
Rebecca Niederlander and Iris Anna Regn, Co-founders, Broodwork
David Pagel, Art Critic, LA Times and Professor of Art, Claremont Graduate University
Yuval Sharon, Artistic Director, The Industry
Sarah Williams, Producer, The Women's Center for Creative Work
Haily Zaki, Co-founder, de Lab
with more to be announced.


9:00am Registration Opens / Continental Breakfast
Steven Tepper, Dean, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University
10:50am Break
11:00am Concurrent Session 1a: The Future of Arts Journalism
Moderator: Sasha Anawalt
Presenters: Juan Devis, David Pagel
  Concurrent Session 2a
Moderator: Gerlie Collado
Presenters: Leticia Buckley
  Concurrent Session 3a: Mobile Placemaking
Moderator:Ann Berchtold
Presenters: TBA
12:00pm Break
12:15pm Concurrent Session 1b: Chaos and Containment: Presenting Collaborative Art Practice in the Museum Environ
Moderator: January Parkos Arnall
Presenters: John Burtle, Cheri Gaulke, Kristina Newhouse, Asuka Hisa
  Concurrent Session 2b: Moving Images in the Museum as Catalysts of Innovation
  Concurrent Session 3b: Community-centered Approaches to Creative Placemaking
Moderator:Amy Kitchener
Presenters: Karen Mack, Quetzal Flores
1:15pm Lunch
2:15pm Pecha Kuchas
2:20pm Pecha Kucha 1: Rebecca Niederlander and Iris Anna Regn
2:35pm Pecha Kucha 2: Kate Johnson and Sarah Williams
2:50pm Pecha Kucha 3: Haily Zaki
3:05pm Pecha Kucha 4: Julia Meltzer
3:20pm Pecha Kucha 5: Yuval Sharon
3:30pm CLOSING KEYNOTE: Looking Forward: New Directions from New Directors
Philippe Vergne, Director, MOCA
Christina Yu Yu, Director, Pacific Asia Museum
John Echeveste, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
4:30pm Reception

* 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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