Creative Conversations


Join us at the Fall 2014 Creative Conversations:
“Arts Impact: How the Arts are Changing Communities”.
This time we’re shaking things up and expanding our Creative Conversations into a three-part series of events.


Part I:
Thursday, October 16, 2014
7 – 9:30pm
The series launches with an opening mixer and a focus on Civic Impact, with special Keynote Speaker Zipporah Lax Yamamoto, California Director of Turnaround Arts Initiative.  Gerlie Collado from the James Irvine Foundation and Erin Harkey from the Los Angeles Arts Commission are our featured speakers.  It all takes place at Venice Arts on 1702 Lincoln Blvd. in Venice, CA.

Part II:
Thursday, October 23, 2014
7 – 9pm
The second installment of Creative Conversations is the workshop “How We Know: Evaluation for Learning,” focusing on the mid-level or organizational impact.  The night’s Keynote Speaker is Kamella Tate, Director of Research & Evaluation at The Music Center.  This event takes place in Downtown L.A. at Mercado La Paloma at 3655 S. Grand Street.

Part III:
Thursday, October 30th
7pm – 9pm
The series ends with a closing mixer and a discussion on the impact of grassroot artists and organizations in our own community.  What are the indicators of an “arts healthy” city?  We will discuss this important issue and more with speakers Joy Feuer of Arts from the Ashes, Laura Karlin from Invertigo Dance Theatre, Camille Ameen from Inside Out Community Arts, and Henreitte Brouwers from LAPD (Los Angeles Poverty Department).  We close the series at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena at 145 N. Raymond Ave.


Can’t attend the entire series?
Single tickets available for each event OR- buy the entire series and save!


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Have questions?  Contact Serena Johnson at

This project is supported in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles is supported by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.

Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles James Irvine Foundation

About Creative Conversations

EAL/LA celebrates  arts and culture by hosting Creative Conversations events. Creative Conversations were established in 2004 by – and held in tandem with Americans for the Arts in observation of National Arts & Humanities Month (October). EAL/LA’s yearly events proved so popular that, in 2012, a second Creative Conversation was added to its permanent program calendar.

Creative Conversations are part of a nationwide effort to elevate the profile of the the Arts through local gatherings of arts leaders in communities across the country. Each year, networks choose a topic of particular relevancy and/or interest to their local arts community to address, either through speakers, workshops, or round-table discussions. The organization of these events varies from city to city, but the intent remains consistent: to galvanize local and national support for the arts. EAL/LA has a rich history of Creative Conversations, and its October Creative Conversation is the organization’s most highly attended event each year.

Creative Conversations Highlights:

2012 still photography by David G. Marks


Past Creative Conversations


Curate Your Career: Finding One's Way in LA's Creative Economy

Curate Your Career: Finding One’s Way In LA’s Creative Economy
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014, 9:30am to 4pm
Location: NoHo Arts Center (11136 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601)


#LAStoryLab: The Potential of Storytelling Through New Mediums
Date: Saturday, October 19, 2013, 11 am to 5 pm
Location: Art Share L.A. (801 East 4th Place; Los Angeles, CA 90013)

Creative Conversations 2013, LA Story Lab: The Potential of Storytelling through New Mediums, Oct. 19




Designing Disruption: How Arts Innovators are Shaking Up the LA Experience
Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013, 11:00am-5:00pm
Location: Santa Monica Playhouse (1211 4th Street Santa Monica, CA 90401)



Sparking Inclusive Dialogue Through Creative Placemaking
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012, 11:00am-4:00pm
Location: Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Lessons from Social Entrepreneurs: How to Add Value to Your Organization and Career
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012, 10:15am-3:30pm
Location: Plaza de la Raza, Cultural Center for the Arts & Education, Los Angeles, CA

Creative Conversation 2011: Maximize your Impact: Create Growth at Every Point in Your Career
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Location: Annenberg Community Beach House, Los Angeles, CA

Turning Points: Strategies for Success in the Arts During Times of Transition
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA

Leveraging Networks: Maintain a Thriving Organization, Create Innovative, High Impact Art Programs and Advance Your Professional Career
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2009 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Expo Building, Long Beach, CA

Animating Democracy: Arts and Civic Engagement
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2008 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA