The Getty Leadership Institute invites emerging arts and cultural leaders from Southern California to join us on Saturday, October 28, 2017 for NextGen Now Summit 2017: Empowering Pathways. This workshop session will explore topics on diversity and inclusion, leadership development, and new pathways for building capacity and sustainability for the next generation of leaders in the field. Space is limited and there is no cost to attend, but participants must register by October 15.
This event attendance is now full and registration is closed.
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Welcome – Melody Kanschat, Executive Director, GLI
Keynote – Soft Power and Museums – Ngaire Blankenberg
Defining Diversity and Inclusion – Maria Jenson
What Works: Building an Inclusive Workplace
Panel Moderator: Maria Jenson
Panelists: Anyka Barber, Edgar Garcia, Mina Morita
Crafting Your Personal Mission Statement – Mina Morita
Lunch in Small Groups
What’s Your Leadership Style? – Melody Kanschat
Forging New Pathways – Anyka Barber
Closing Remarks – Melody Kanschat
Head of Content and Strategy
Ngaire Blankenber is currently Head of Content and Strategy at Kossmann.dejong, an Amsterdam-based experience design firm. Prior, she was European Director and Principal Consultant with museum planning consultancy, Lord Cultural Resources. She is co-author with Gail Lord of Cities, Museums and Soft Power (AAM Press, 2015), and has delivered a Tedx talk on this topic.
Ngaire has been a youth worker, jazz poet, cartoonist, documentary-maker, and television producer. She directed the award-winning documentary Morris Fynn Goes Native (SABC), was co-director of Nkosi’s Mission (SABC/BBC) and is the co-founder of the Museum of AIDS in Africa. Blankenberg has developed exhibitions, mobile and web programs, educational programs, public engagement campaigns, and master plans and tourism strategies for a range of diverse projects. Recent clients include Biotopia, Natural History Museum of Bavaria; Western Sydney Parklands; Erasmus Centre, European Space Agency Noordwijk, Netherlands; Çanakkale Children’s Science Centre; Barangaroo redevelopment project, Sydney; Khor Dubai heritage master plan; Patna Science Centre, India; Normandy Institute, National World War 2 Museum; the Parlamentarium Visitor Centre for the European Parliament, Brussels; the National Museum of African American Heritage and Culture, Smithsonian, Washington D.C.; the King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture, Dhahran; Te Papa National Museum of New Zealand; the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Ottawa; and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg.
Ngaire grew up in Winnipeg, Harare, and Christchurch, and has lived and worked in Johannesburg, Toronto, Paris, and Barcelona. She is a versatile and creative thinker who draws on her vast international experience for all her projects, enriching each one with new ideas and best practices from multiple disciplines, genres, countries, regions and languages.
Director of Engagement, Center for Audience and Civic Engagement
Oakland Museum of California
Born and raised in Oakland, California, Barber is a mother, an artist/activist, a curator, and an entrepreneur. Barber’s professional experience is at the intersection of arts, culture, and community development with a focus on preserving, protecting, and promoting the cultural vibrancy and legacy of people and communities of color. She has designed and launched community cultural development projects that activate vacant, blighted, and non-traditional properties as sites for artistic intervention, commerce, and community building while advocating for equitable resources and investment in historically disinvested places of opportunity. She founded Betti Ono- an experimentally minded space for art, culture and community in 2010, a pop-up engagement transformed into a community anchor. Anyka has been named one of “10 SF Arts Personalities to Watch” by Complex magazine; “Most Socially Engaged Curator” by East Bay Express; and Betti Ono has received numerous awards including being voted “Best of the East Bay” five consecutive years in a row along with receiving two Alameda County Supervisors commendations for service in community in 2016 and 2017. Barber is committed to strengthening the Bay Area arts community as an arts advocate and advisor, including past appointments as co-chair of the City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program-Funding Advisory Committee, and two years as a Mayor-appointed Arts Commissioner for the City of Richmond.
Arts & Entertainment Deputy
The Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti
As a first-generation Mexican-American with extensive experience in arts management, historic preservation, and land-use policy, Garcia is committed to supporting the cultural infrastructure of Los Angeles. After serving in a US-Russia cultural exchange with US-ICOMOS, he was Preservation Planner for the City of Los Angeles from 2006-2013. He has been awarded a Leadership in Arts Management grant by the Getty Foundation and was selected for NextGen Now 2015 by the Getty Leadership Institute. Garcia has been named a Pocantico Fellow by the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation; a Fitch Fellow; Royal Oak Foundation Scholar, and a Diversity Scholar for the National Trust and Historic New England. Most recently, he was selected by the European Union for the 2016 Global Cultural Leadership Program. Edgar is a graduate of Yale University and UCLA.
SOMArts Cultural Center
Maria Jenson’s career reflects a combination of her interests in arts and civic engagement, as well as a passion for supporting strong creative communities.
At SOMArts, Jenson manages fundraising and grant making activities, supports new and experimental performances and programs, and collaborates on external partnerships and special initiatives. Previously, Jenson was a key player in managing the transition, rebranding, and reopening of SFMOMA during the museum’s $300 million expansion. There, she launched innovative community partnerships as the museum’s Cultural and Civic Ambassador.
Jenson served as the Founding Director of ArtPadSF — an independent art fair launched in 2010, and launched and managed Salon Oblique in Venice, CA, a boutique art salon/gallery. Having spent years in dance, theater, and film, Maria sees community building as a “theater” of civic activity: a place where the various participants – artists, business people, academics, critics and the public – can perform meaningfully in the dance of culture.
Jenson was the recipient of the 2017 San Francisco Arts Institute Disruptor Award in recognition of her leadership to advance equity in the arts. She is on Culture Type’s list of “Curators and Cultural Leaders to Watch in 2016,” and received an award for her service on the Yerba Buena Business Cultural District’s board. She is active with Arts for a Better Bay Area, an advocacy coalition where she works on education, advocacy, and inclusion issues as they relate to arts, economic and community-building endeavors in the region.
Crowded Fire Theater
Morita is currently Artistic Director at Crowded Fire Theater, a critically acclaimed, intrepid, female-led company dedicated to developing a fierce contemporary theater canon that reflects the plurality of our world. Previously, she served as the Artistic Associate at Berkeley Repertory Theatre—and a founding member of its Ground Floor program; as Board President of Shotgun Players; as a 2014 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab participant; as a founding member of Bay Area Children’s Theatre; and as a panel member with the Zellerbach Family Foundation. Mina has directed and developed plays at several Bay Area theaters including Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor & Fireworks Festival, Shotgun Players, Magic Theatre’s Virgin Play Festival, ACT’s Strand Reading Series & MFA program, UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Playhouse, Aurora Theatre GAP, and Playwrights Foundation. In 2014, she won the Theatre Bay Area (TBA) Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical and in 2016 was recognized as a TBA 40@40 for her impact on Bay Area Theater. In 2015, Mina was honored to share her story in a Tedx talk, and this year, she was chosen as one of the YBCA100, for “asking questions and making provocations that will shape the future of culture.
Saturday, October 28th 9:30am-4:30pm
Participants will include alumni of the Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program, emerging arts and cultural leaders from Southern California, and GLI alumni.
A day-long convening of sessions and workshops.
You are committed to advancing the field and exploring issues around diversity and inclusion.