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Please join California Lawyers for the Arts for their Arts and Environmental Dialogue II

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Arts and Environmental Initiative
Dialogue II – Los Angeles
Thursday, April 7, 2011
noon to 6 pm (light lunch provided)
Eco-Logical Arts Gallery
4829 West Pico Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90019

Project Description
Artists across the disciplines and around the world are eager to play a role in addressing the critical environmental challenges we face.   In his last creative endeavor, singer/songwriter Michael Jackson intended to make “his most important contribution to the environment,” according to his friend, author Deepak Chopra: “He wanted a heart- rending, evocative theme where you look at the environment as your own body, where the earth is your physical body, where the rivers and waters are your own blood and circulation, the air is your breath.  He wanted people to feel that that their personal body [is] a   universal body, and they were both equally ours.”

Our work to raise the profile of the arts in building public awareness of the environment began with an innovative Arts and Environmental Dialogue at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco in November, 2008.  In addition to exchanging information about environmental issues, participants learned about current work in several arts disciplines, including public art, electronic media and spoken word. (Please see the report at )

We now seek support to build on the collaborative arts and environmental platform that was launched at that meeting by exploring these themes at a second Dialogue to be held in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 7, at the EcoLogicalArt Gallery.  Our project goals are to generate interest and awareness while developing new resources for the arts to serve as vehicles of expression for environmental concerns.

Confirmed speakers include Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry and Felicia Filer, Public Art Director for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Deborah Deets, landscape architect with the LA Bureau of Engineering, Rebecca Ansert, public art consultant with Green Public Art, Nobuku Miyamoto of Great Leap, and Justin Yoffe, Cultural Affairs Supervisor for the City of Santa Monica.  Panels will be organized to discuss public art and other art disciplines, social justice and environmental implications of art-making  and resources for art with environmental themes.

Participants will learn about the efforts of artists in different genres and  brainstorm about new opportunities to work with private and public agencies in creating and presenting environmental art work and work that advances environmental interests.  In advance of the meeting, all of the attendees will be asked to read The Bridge at the Edge of the World by James Speth, former dean of the Yale School of Environmental Studies, which is available at Yale University Press or Amazon.

In addition to artists and arts organizations, we are reaching out to environmental organizations, foundation officers,  local and state agency leaders, as well as educational and youth development leaders, to participate in this meeting.
The first Dialogue resulted in several projects which have started to generate additional resources for artists to work with environmental themes:
o    Fort Mason Center, which was a generous co-sponsor of Dialogue I, presented a festival on environmental themes which took place in the summer of 2009 with programs in three venues: the Museum of Modern Art Gallery, the Fort Mason Gallery, and an outdoor pavilion which was  constructed in the parking lot from recycled auto parts.
o    Several state environmental agencies began to consider ways to integrate the arts more into their public outreach efforts.
o    C.L.A. obtained a sub-contract in a consulting project for a new public art project being planned for Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco, in order to ensure a role for environmental themes in this cultural and historical recognition project. This project has been funded by the federal Economic Development Administration and is being administered by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.  Several of the selected projects involved environmental themes.
The objectives of Dialogue II are:
o    to share knowledge about the issues of climate change and global warming,
o    to create new ways to create collaborative projects that cross the arts and environmental sectors,
o    to stimulate new funding streams that may support the creation of such work, for Los Angeles and California artists, and
o    to build public awareness of these issues through the arts in Los Angeles
o    to include environmental concerns in art programs that reach at-risk youth and individuals in detention facilities.

Participation must be confirmed by March 30
For more information about this project, or to confirm your participation, please contact:
Jennie Park, Educational Programs Coordinator, (310) 998-5590, or
Alma Robinson, Executive Director, (415) 775-7200 x 102, alma.robinson@calawy

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