"Urban Rez" by Larissa FastHorse, (L-T-R) Marcenus "M.C." Earl, Sheri Foster, Kenneth Ramos, Frank Ayala, Jenny Marlowe, Peter Howard performing at The Viaduct in Downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Kevin Michael Campbell, courtesy of Cornerstone Theater Company
Artists and Communities Catalyze Change: Arts Presenting and Social Practice
In recent years, an increasing number of live performance artists have focused their work on issues of social change. When artists work with community publics on an artist-led vision in ways that may include an intention of social impact beyond a traditional audience experience, we refer to this as social practice. Simultaneously, a growing number of presenters are seeking deeper ways to partner with the various communities they serve, to become more relevant to larger portions of their community. How can social practice become a part of our work as arts presenters? Come join two practicing artists, a community collaborator, and a presenter who are deeply committed to this exciting work. They will show you what they are doing and explain the basics of how and why they do it. All levels of knowledge or ignorance are welcome. Openness and curiosity are essential. The workshop will be tailored to the knowledge and objectives of the participants.
Michael John Garcés, Artistic Director / Cornerstone Theatre
Larissa FastHorse, Playwright /Urban Rez
Michael Reed, Senior Director Programs & Organizational Initiatives / ASU Gammage
Kenny Ramos, Actor with the Barona Band of Mission Indians - Diegueño Iipay
Moderated by Wiley Hausam / Independent Producer
“Kiss N Ride” © by Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre Photo: Jorge Vismara, Courtesy of the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles World Airports Performance Program, © 2012
The L.A. arts scene is exploding, and the city is experiencing a Golden Age in creative place making, arts incubation, and progressive social practices. Creatives from all over the world are moving to Southern California in droves because of the opportunities to merge with all forms of intersecting diversities, cultural politics, arts practices and forms, and commercial/media possibilities. With some of LA’s leading artist activists, influencers, thinkers, curators, place-makers, and cultural provocateurs, this “dinner party” conversation will explore and re-frame how art and artists in Los Angeles are seen, talked about, and experienced by Angelinos and more broadly by the performing arts field.
Leigh Ann Hahn, Artistic Director / Grand Performances
Carol Cheh, Writer / Another Righteous Transfer
Eddie Cota, Artistic Director / Champion City
Diane Rodriquez , Associate Artistic Director / Centre Theater Group
Mark Allen, Artistic Director / Machine Project
Liz Garo, Artistic Director / Spaceland Presents
Tafari Bayne, Writer, Community Activist / EM Creative Group
Moderator by Ben Johnson, Director of Performing Arts / Department of Cultural Affairs – City of Los Angeles.
From basic negotiations to splits and bonuses, contracting skills are part of our everyday business needs. Veteran presenters and agents on this moderated panel discussion will examine contracting details, rider costs, profit margins, split terminology, facility fees, deposits, and more. A refresher for all levels.
Rachel Cohen, Executive Director / Cadence Arts Network
Randy Vogel, Assistant Director, Theaters and Operations / Mesa Arts Center
Julie Baker, Executive Director / The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley
Moderated by Jeff Laramie, President / SRO Artists
Presented by North American Performing Arts Managers & Agents (NAPAMA)
Photo courtesy of the Hewlett Foundation/Leah Fasten Photography
Arts presenters are being asked to both reflect and respond to a field that is undergoing unprecedented generational change. Starting with findings from Moving Arts Leadership Forward—a 2016 report from the Hewlett Foundation—this session will explore what’s happening in the arts leadership landscape. We will look at how environmental pressures, such as student debt and professionalization of the field, are showing up in our work and discuss how and why the definition of leadership is being challenged, especially along generational lines. Drawing on the experiences in the room, we will also discuss the challenges and opportunities that are embodied in today’s cross-generational workforce. The role leadership plays in ensuring the health of the field will be a central theme. The majority of the session will be dedicated to sharing experiences with colleagues about what it means to engage with these changes, and capturing lessons learned from others in the room.
Emiko Ono, Program Officer, Performing Arts Program / The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
John Haynes, Founder and Principal / Bard Consulting
Every year, arts presenters face an every-increasing array of problems with the US artist visa process. From petitions being delayed or denied to artists encountering problems at consulates or border crossing, the unpredictability of the process has increasing lead arts presenters to shy away from booking international acts, or else use limited financial resources to enlist legal help to ensure the success of the process. This panel will discuss the impact this trend is having on the arts and artists and the problems presenters are facing. We will review the resources available to the artist community, and discuss efforts being made to effect long term systemic improvements in the system.
Ernest Nsimbi, Artist, GNL Zamba
Jordan Peimer, Executive Director, ArtPower! UC San Diego
Todd Walker, Agent, The Windish Agency
Moderated by Matthew Covey, Immigration Lawyer & Director / Tamizdat Artists Services