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Will a New Generation of Leaders Shake Up L.A.’s Culture?

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Helms Design Center

8745 Washington Boulevard

Culver City, CA 90232

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Zócalo live from Helms Bakery District in Culver City! RSVP to join us in-person or virtually.

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A Zócalo/Helms Bakery District Event

Moderated by Frances Anderton, Architecture and Design Journalist

Over the past year, directors of cultural institutions across Los Angeles have announced their retirements, which means a new generation of cultural leadership is upon us. But despite a desire for change that seems nearly universal, new directors must still answer to many of the same funders and face the same pressures as their predecessors—to raise money or sell tickets, to scale up, to stay relevant—all while navigating post-pandemic reopenings and reckonings around race and inclusion. What does Los Angeles need from its new guard of cultural leaders? What obstacles do their institutions face, and how can these new faces surmount them? Will all of the city’s culture centers even survive?

California African American Museum executive director Cameron Shaw, Inner-City Arts president and CEO Shelby Williams-González, and MAK Center for Art and Architecture director Jia Yi Gu visit Zócalo to discuss the change they plan to be and want to see in one of the world’s most vibrant cultural capitals.

Zócalo live at Helms Bakery District! We're also still here for our online audiences and will stream the event live on YouTube alongside our moderated chat room. Both audiences will have the opportunity to meet one another and submit questions to our speakers.

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Zócalo Public Square connects people to ideas and to each other by examining essential questions in an accessible, broad-minded, and democratic spirit. At a time when our country’s public sphere and our global digital conversation have become ever more polarized and segregated, Zócalo seeks to create a welcoming intellectual space and engage a new and diverse generation in the public square. We pursue our mission by convening events and by publishing ideas journalism. Because democracy is as much a culture as it is a system, we believe that creating meaningful opportunities for citizens to communicate with—and learn from—one another both nurtures and protects it.

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