Los Angeles has an eclectic collection of skyscrapers, museums, and scenic delights. Freeways roll through valleys and skirt canyons. Mountains cascade to dramatic coastlines and sandy beaches. Just as the landscape and structures vary, so do the many communities and projects around the city. See L.A. and meet the city’s architects of social change.
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This session will bring participants to the Getty Center in Brentwood for a presentation on Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980, the unprecedented art collaboration among more than sixty cultural organizations across Southern California. Participants will meet with initiative organizers and hear firsthand about the exhibitions, programs, marketing, PR,development and lessons learned during Pacific Standard Time as a model for other regions. Picnic box lunches will be provided after the presentation, followed by visits to current Getty Museum exhibitions before returning downtown.
Photograph by Alex Vertikoff ©2003 J. Paul Getty Trust
Paying tribute to music's rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind museum explores and celebrates the art, creative process, and recording technology behind all forms of music, and the history of the premier recognition of music excellence that is the GRAMMY Award. The GRAMMY Museum features interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment, and residential district. Since opening in December 2008, the GRAMMY Museum has produced more than 210 public programs with artists such as Brian Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Dave Matthews, Harry Connick Jr, Chrissie Hynde, Lady Gaga, Andre Bocelli, LeAnn Rimes, Bill Withers, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, The Roots, Lenny Kravitz, and Dwight Yoakam, in addition to facilitating more than 140 annual education and member workshops. The GRAMMY Museum looks for ways to expand awareness on a national level, including the In Performance at the White House concert series. Visit www.grammymuseum.org for more information.
Moderator Gwen Walden, lead consultant for the L.A. Partnership for Early Childhood Investment, will engage a lively discussion with the city's leading early childhood education advocates. Join representatives from LAUP, Department of Health, LAUSD, and Para Los Ninos, the emerging model for best practices on the west coast, for fresh perspectives on early education.
Connecting new, green jobs to the massive transportation infrastructure build-out in Los Angeles is underway thanks to LAANE, PERE, and its allies. Successful advocacy and research is likely to lead to a new railcar manufacturing plant on a site in Watts that has been abandoned since the civil unrest. A recently adopted hiring policy will connect thousands of Angelenos to quality construction jobs building L.A.'s 12 new rail lines. A new training program for weatherization and energy efficiency created at the Department of Water and Power will lead to thousands of new jobs. A program to transform the city's waste and recycling industry promises to turn some of the most dirty, dangerous, and low-paying jobs into promising careers while moving L.A. to a zero waste goal. Learn about these projects, and more, during this off-site experience.
This walking tour organized by Los Angeles Conservancy, the largest local preservation group in the United States, will allow you to experience firsthand how the preservation of historic buildings helps refresh and revitalize urban centers. You’ll view the exteriors of buildings in Los Angeles’ historic downtown area, visit several locations in what was once the city’s entertainment epicenter, and spend some time with Ken Bernstein, manager of the city’s Office of Historic Resources.
A $500,000 gift from the DreamWorks Animation Charitable Foundation established the DreamWorks Animation Academy at Inner-City Arts (ICA), which has expanded its animation offerings to public school students throughout Los Angeles. See and hear how the academy helps ICA students go on exciting field trips, get internships at the DreamWorks studios—and more.
The Los Angeles River is a place-based legacy investment impacting nearly every social, environmental, and economic issue of importance to the health and sustainability of the city. Speakers at three different stops will share the importance of specific projects and initiatives and demonstrate why the river can help change the course of Los Angeles forever.
Join us for an experiential tour and conversation exploring changes that have occurred in the 20 years since the civil unrest in South Los Angeles first gained national attention. Learn about the changing demographics in the region—from a predominantly African-American population to a diverse Latino and African-American community—and the challenges of and opportunities for achieving social justice and racial equity. The three stops on the tour include the Community Coalition, S.C.O.P.E. (Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education), and Mercado La Paloma.
InnerCity Struggle organizes youth and parents from a number of East Los Angeles high schools and middle schools for equitable opportunities and educational justice—including building the area’s first new high school in more than 85 years. Student leaders behind the education reform movement will share the challenges and successes they’ve experienced along the way.
Join Liberty Hill and East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice as we tour the frontline communities impacted by the movement of goods from the port of Los Angeles to the rail yards in the Southeast part of the city. Learn how the massive expansion of the fifth largest port complex in the world affects local residents already experiencing disproportionately high rates of asthma, cancer, and exposure to toxic pollutants.
Homelessness exists all over the United States, but misinformation abounds. A clear picture and cross-sector alignment of philanthropy, government, and service delivery are essential to the solution. Progress is being made! Join us for an intimate walking tour of the city’s skid row led by residents, service providers and a funder panel.
Learn how the city’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) program has helped reduce gang violence and membership through its Los Angeles Violence Intervention Academy, Summer Night Lights, and other programs. Fifty lucky individuals will participate in a workshop and discussion conducted by former gang members.