Unfettering Artists' Productivity and Impact

CCI - 2018 Arts Convening

April 28, 2018, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Topic: Networking/Field Learning

Provider/Presenting Organization: Center for Cultural Innovation

Location: Los Angeles Area


CCI 2018 Arts Convening

Part of Arts for LA's Arts Month 2018


While this event is now officially sold out, and a small waitlist is forming below, we do expect attrition on Saturday morning, so if you did not get a ticket, you are welcome to come by and wait standby for an open seat. (For in-person registration, you can bring a paper check for $10 made out to Center for Cultural Innovation, or pay by paypal.)


What are the necessary conditions for a sustainable arts ecosystem in Los Angeles 10 years from now? How can artists be agents for change to take the necessary actions NOW? Local arts leaders from across the sector will provide provocations, stimulating participant-led conversations on urgent topics facing Angelenos today (and tomorrow), and resources will be shared to stimulate action.  



Arts educator and independent filmmaker Ben Caldwell grew up assisting his grandfather, who projected movies at a small theater in New Mexico. His passion for the visual arts lead him to study film at UCLA and reside in the neighborhood of Leimert Park, epicenter for the African American art scene in Los Angeles. After teaching film and video at Howard University in Washington, D.C. from 1981-84, Caldwell returned to Leimert Park and created an independent studio for video production and experimentation that became the KAOS Network, a community arts center that provides training on digital arts, media arts and multimedia.

Irina Contreras is a Los Angeles born and bred interdisciplinary artist, cultural producer and consultant. She has worked for over ten years at the intersections of the arts, education and radical pedagogy within institutional and community based platforms.

Theresa Hwang is a community-engaged architect and founder of Department of Places, a participatory design and community engagement practice based in Los Angeles, CA. She has spent over 12 years focused on equitable cultural and community development with multiple groups and campaigns. She was the former Director of Community Design and Planning at the Skid Row Housing Trust, a non-profit permanent supportive housing organization where she was the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow from 2009-2012.

Annette M. Kim is an artist, researcher, and educator. She founded and directs SLAB which experiments with spatial ethnography and critical cartography in order to re-see the city. Her video installations have been shown internationally. Annette Kim is also Associate Professor at USC’s Price School of Public Policy where she helped found the RAP faculty collective around race, arts, and placemaking. She received a Ph.D. in city and regional planning, M.A. in visual studies from the University of California, Berkeley, a master in public policy from Harvard University, and a bachelor's degree in studio art and architecture from Wellesley College.

Marcus Kuiland-Nazario is a native Angeleno, artist, curator and producer who has a lot of entirely biased opinions based on 30 years of cultural and artistic practice in the City of Angels.


DATE:  Saturday, April 28, 2018
TIME:  9:30 am - 1:30 pm
LOCATION: Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (Garden Level) - 244 S. San Pedro St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
COST: $10* (includes lunch provided by Todo Verde)

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This event is made possible by a grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.