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June 25, 2017

Zócalo Public Square Conference: What Can the World Teach California About Arts Engagement?

A global cross-section of forward-looking producers, presenters, curators, institutional leaders, and internationally renowned artists join Zócalo for a full-day conference to discuss their strategies for attracting new participants, and to explore what the California arts community might learn from the rest of the world about engagement.

When? Sunday, June 25, 2017 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Where? Omni Hotel, 251 S. Olive St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

 Full agenda


Gail Dexter Lord will be participting on the panel:

“Does Art Really Make Us Better Citizens?”

June 25th, 1:45 PM – 2:55 PM, 
Bunker Hill Ballroom, Omni Hotel

The arts are often derided as an elite pastime outside the interests of regular people. But there are also countless examples of how even the smallest arts events can create durable connections within a community. Research suggests that if you attend arts events, you’re more likely to engage in politics, to know your neighbors, and to engage in a spiritual practice. What is the nature of the relationship between embracing the arts and participating in the life of a community? When and under what circumstances do the arts bind people and places together—and when do they divide us? And what do we need from the arts at a moment when many people are more isolated, and our civic life more polarized? Middle East Institute Arts & Culture Program director Lyne Sneige, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Lerma Arts and Humanities chair Luz María Sánchez, global arts consultant Gail Dexter Lord, and cultural historian and chair of Theatre at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Lynne Conner examine how having the arts in our lives can draw us closer to our own societies.


This conference is free and open to the public. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. The conference will be immediately followed by a catered reception for participants and featured speakers.