Performing arts centers define our cities and serve as architectural landmarks. These landmarks can rapidly transform the cultural and economic fabric of a city, bringing renewed prosperity as well as design inspiration. What is the essence of an iconic performing arts center? Enjoy a lively discussion combined with a memorable concert, and light refreshments.
Moderator Thomas Small, Culver City Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, will act as interlocutor with an expert panel comprising Craig Hodgetts, Hodgetts + Fung, Steven Ehrlich, Ehrlich Architects, Michael Rachlin, Rachlin Partners and Renzo Zecchetto, Renzo Zecchetto Architects.
Small, who writes about the arts and heads the board of Jacaranda, is in the midst of a campaign for Culver City City Council, which will be decided in April 12 elections.
Speaking to arts•meme by phone Small noted, “It is fascinating that we have these tremendous resources of world class designers in our community. I believe that getting to know them will help us to better leverage their design expertise for our benefit.
“Performing arts center can be the lifeblood of a community,” asserted Small. “The Broad Stage has become a major destination in Santa Monica. Another center we will discuss is the Nashville Ascend Amphitheater, a major venue in a major city will that enables them to take better advantage of the entertainment industry they have there.
“Our forum will provide very valuable learning about what others have done as well as celebrate our own centers and venues.”
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HITTING THE HIGH NOTES: The Fine Art of Performing Arts Centers | Helms Design Center, Culver City | Jan 20, 6 pm