Barnaby Evans, WaterFire’s creator and executive artistic director and I are in Los Angeles attending the second annual ArtPlace America Grantee Summit. This year’s summit is particularly interesting as ArtPlace America has successfully managed a leadership change over the past year and is charting a very defined future course for itself. More about that in a bit.
To accommodate travel schedules of participants coming in from all over the country, the Summit didn’t kick off until Monday mid afternoon so I took advantage of the great location of the Omni Hotel and visited the adjacent Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art which had two interesting shows of works from the permanent collection and recent acquisitions. If you are looking for a place to have lunch, definitely check out Lemonade in the museum’s courtyard.
Participants were welcomed to the Summit by Josephine Ramirez, program director, James Irvine Foundation and Doane Lui, deputy mayor, City of Los Angeles. Mayor Eric Garcetti sent a nice welcome video too.
Rip Rapson, president, Kresge Foundation and chair, ArtPlace America presented the future of the organization and introduced Jamie Bennett, the new executive director. Mr. Rapson’s remarks can be read in full in the President’s Corner blog of the Kresge Foundation website.