Strategic thinking and peer learning have fostered successes at a time when creative economy workers and arts organizations continue to face many challenges. Networking with other leaders and innovators is an open pathway to assess creative solutions that balance community impact with economic resilience.
Join CNM and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs for RENEW – a special one-day event for the nonprofit cultural-arts sector.
This year’s event is dedicated to exploring multiple ways to re-generate audiences; whether for: in-person experiences, online archives for national and international exposure, experiencing performances with the use of Virtual Reality, or through a commitment to developing youth accessibility.
Who Should Attend: Nonprofit players (CEOs, program directors, marketing managers, board members, etc.) and community-based artists working independently or embedded in any type of nonprofit service organization.
A light breakfast and lunch are included.
Alan Brown – Managing Principal, WolfBrown
Alan is a leading researcher and management consultant in the arts and culture sector worldwide. His work focuses on understanding consumer demand for cultural experiences, evaluating support structures for the arts, and helping cultural institutions, foundations and agencies to see new opportunities, make informed decisions and respond to changing conditions. His studies have introduced new vocabulary to the lexicon of cultural participation and propelled the field towards a clearer view of the rapidly changing cultural landscape. He speaks frequently at national and international conferences about audience behaviors, trends in cultural participation, and, most recently, the sector’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speakers:Councilmember Eunisses Hernandez – Council District 1, City of Los Angeles
Councilmember Hernandez is a community organizer, a daughter of Mexican immigrants, and a lifelong District 1 resident. Born and raised in Highland Park, she led campaigns, coalitions, and commissions that transformed local and statewide policy before running for the LA City Council in 2021. Since taking office, she has prioritized a Care First agenda that focuses on investing in community care, workforce development, social services, and harm-reduction programs that help make our neighborhoods safer and healthier places for all Angelenos.
Daniel Tarica – General Manager, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los AngelesDaniel leads the Department’s work to strengthen the quality of life in Los Angeles by stimulating and supporting arts and cultural activities and ensuring public access to the arts for residents and visitors. The Department empowers Los Angeles’s vibrant communities by supporting and providing access to quality visual, literary, musical, performing, and educational arts programming; managing vital cultural centers; preserving historic sites; creating public art; and funding services provided by arts organizations and individual artists. Managing a full-time staff of 104 and a part-time staff of 150, Daniel oversees the Department’s portfolio of facilities, capital improvement projects, grants, educational initiatives, and programming. Daniel previously served as DCA’s Assistant General Manager and has served in several leadership positions with the Los Angeles City Council, City Controller, and City Administrative Officer.
Panelists & Moderators:
Joel Arquillos – Executive Director, Snap Foundation
Joel leads the Snap Foundation, with a mission to develop pathways to the creative economy for underrepresented youth in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Snap, he was Executive Director at 826LA, a non-profit writing and tutoring organization and before relocating to Los Angeles, Joel worked alongside Dave Eggers and Ninive Calegari as the Founding Director of National Programs for 826 National. Previously, Joel was an award-winning educator who taught social studies in the San Francisco Unified School District at Galileo High School, where he coordinated the Advancement Via Individual Determination program and the Academy of Information Technology. He was named Teacher of the Year in 2001 by the students of Galileo High and recieved 826 Valencia’s first-ever Teacher of the Month prize in 2003.
Billy Clark – Artistic Director, CultureHub
Billy has overseen the development of CultureHub’s artistic, education, and community programs since its inception in 2009. With the CultureHub team, he has curated the annual Media Arts Festival, Refest, which showcases artists working at the intersection of art and technology. In 2013 he directed Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky’s piece Seoul Counterpoint, which premiered at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre. At the La MaMa Galleria, he co-curated Mediated Motion, an exhibit of works that explored how new media technologies alter human movement and our perception of the body in motion. A graduate of the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU, Billy has performed and directed in the downtown scene for over 20 years. He is currently a professor at the Seoul Institute of the Arts, has taught at CUNY Hunter College, and has been a guest lecturer at Sarah Lawrence College, Gallatin, and NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. He was chosen as one of the 100 Top Creatives by Origin Magazine in 2015.
Eli Edwards – Photographer, Videographer, & Social Media Consultant
Born in Los Angeles, Eli resides in New York City where he drinks oat milk lattes, shoots photos, and creates videos. From working on an Emmy-Award winning @NBAonTNT team as a social media editor to doing production work with the NBA, Eli knows his way around sports. He works as a freelance videographer and photographer for brands, events, and music artists and also writes for Unpublished Magazine.
Asuka Hisa – Director of Learning & Engagement, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Asuka programs for museum and community audiences and organizes special projects with artists distinctively anchored in participatory, experiential, and digital learning. She received the medal of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture; a B.A. from Barnard College; and a National Diploma of Art from the Ecole des Beaux Arts, France.
Allison Whorton – Program Director, TeenTix LA
Allison is an arts administrator, educator, and youth development professional with more than 10 years’ experience creating equitable arts programs for young people across the country. Previously, she managed the High 5 Tickets to the Arts program in NYC, which allocated more than 12,000 arts tickets to local teens annually. As TeenTix LA’s first-ever Program Director, she launched the TeenTix Pass Program in 2021, which now has 1,500 teen participants and more than 20 arts/community partners.
More speakers to be announced soon!