The County Arts Commission will hold its 9th Annual Arts Symposium this Friday, April 18 from 8:30 a.m.-3p.m. at the Canary Hotel, 31 W. Carrillo St. The event, attended by arts advocates, arts educators and youth advocates, arts administrators, foundations, arts and city and county officials, provides an opportunity for the arts community to discuss issues that impact the arts in Santa Barbara. Members of the public can register for the event here.
According to the Arts Commission, there has been a shift in arts issues, the cultural landscape, funding for the arts, and other issues since the very first symposium held nearly a decade ago. Cultural nonprofits have proved resilient while maintaining their status as economic drivers of the regional economy.
“The Arts Commission’s Annual Symposium for the Arts has proven to be a vital tool in unifying a very diverse and transformative arts community. These annual gatherings leverage the collective creative talents and resources of the policy makers and the arts community to confront current arts delivery and funding barriers with innovative new approaches, solutions and creative collaborations moving forward,” states Ginny Brush, executive director of the Arts Commission.
This year’s focus for the arts symposium is “Expanding Advocacy, Community Engagement and Investment in the Arts.” The symposium hopes to provide timely information, share resources and spark dialogue around issues of advocacy, promotion and cultural arts and artists/innovators as a catalyst for economic and community development.
Kerry Adams Hapner, executive director of the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of San Jose is this year’s keynote speaker. The beginning of the symposium will feature various presentations, including poetry and live performances. Afternoon sessions will consist of breakout groups to stimulate community dialogue.
For further information, call 805/568-3990 or visit sbartscommission.org