July 9, 2007 - Montalvo Arts Center - Public Panel Discussions
July 9, 2007

Public Panel Discussions

Montalvo Arts Center Continues its Series of
Free Public Panel Discussions on Cultural Institutions
and their Role in the Community.

Montalvo Arts Center
15400 Montalvo Road
Saratoga, CA 95071

Montalvo Arts Center invites the community to attend the final three of six “Futures Panels & Public Conversations,” a unique series of free panels held at Montalvo May through July 30. Examining the role of contemporary arts organizations in the 21st century, these panels feature an extraordinary group of creative thinkers from across the country who will tackle topics including New Dimensions for Arts Organizations; Creativity in Public Schools: Artists as Resource; Models for Evaluating Arts Organizations; Digital Content and the Arts; The Next Generation: Teens and the Arts, and Technology and the Arts.

Funded by the James Irvine Foundation, the panels represent an unprecedented model of public programming that engages the community and simultaneously provides a learning ground for Montalvo trustees and staff during the process of examining future directions for Montalvo Arts Center. Montalvo’s community outreach partners are The Tech Museum, MACLA, San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, San Jose Museum of Art and First Act.

“Montalvo is looking forward to hearing from this extraordinary group of creative thinkers as they weigh in on the future of culture and cultural institutions,” said Robert Sain, executive director of Montalvo. “The panels will really help us look at how best to evolve a new sustainable arts model for the 21st century, and we are pleased to open this process to the public.”

The following panels are scheduled in July:

Email RSVP’s to Julie Thorne at jthorne@montalvoarts.org
Mon, July 9
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
New Dimensions for Arts Organizations
What is the role of cultural institutions in contemporary society?

Panelists:
Carol Becker, Dean of Faculty and Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Sammuel Hoi, President, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles

Paul Holdengräber, Director of Public Programs, LIVE from NYPL, New York Public Library

Sally Tallant, Director of Education Programming and Public Programmes, Serpentine Gallery, London
Mon, July 23
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Creativity in Public Schools: Artists as Resource
How can artists function as career model, mentor and facilitator for students?

Panelists:
Hector Armienta, Composer, San Francisco

Kim Kanatani, Director of Education, Guggenheim Museum, New York

James Kass, Founder and Director, Youth Speaks, San Francisco

Sarah Schultz, Director of Education and Community Programs, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Colleen B. Wilcox, PhD, County Superintendent of Schools, Santa Clara County
Mon, July 30
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Models for Evaluating Arts Organizations
How does an arts organization know when it’s successful?

Panelists:
Holly Block, Executive Director, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York

Clayton Campbell, Co-Executive Director, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica; Advisor, the International Association of Residential Arts Centres (Res Artis), Amsterdam, NL

Dorit Cypis, Artist, Los Angeles

Moy Eng, Program Director, Performing Arts, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Menlo Park, Calif.

John Orders, former Program Director of the Arts, the James Irvine Foundation, San Francisco

Previous panel topics were as follows:
Digital Content and the Arts
How can arts organizations define, create and distribute content?
The Next Generation: Teens and the Arts
How can arts organizations engage teens in various art forms and new ideas?
Technology and the Arts
How can artists enhance R & D for a high tech business?
For a copy of the Futures Panels white paper, email lzane@montalvoarts.org
About Montalvo Arts Center
Montalvo Arts Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to forging meaningful connections between art, artists and the communities it serves through creation, presentation and education in extraordinary ways and settings. Located in the Saratoga hills, Montalvo Arts Center occupies 175 stunning acres in the heart of Silicon Valley. For more information about Montalvo Arts Center, visit montalvoarts.org
Press Contact:
Becki Fowler, 408.961.5814
bfowler@montalvoarts.org

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