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Creative Convergence Silicon Valley 2016 unfolds in the SoFA District of San Jose, October 6-8, 2016
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Thursday, October 6 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
Building Silicon Valley’s Cultural District

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San Jose’s SoFA District is a distinctive hotbed of art, music, design and cultural vitality. What will be its future in San Jose’s rapidly developing Downtown.  This forum will take place at MACLA’s Castellanos Playhouse and will be moderated by Jessica Cusick, who is currently creating a plan for the California Arts Council on the implementation of A189, the State’s new bill creating certified cultural districts. 

Moderators
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Jessica Cusick

Cusick Consulting
Jessica Cusick is president of Cusick Consulting, established in 1999, which specializes in cultural policy, planning, and community development through the arts. Clients include the California Arts Council, the City of Ventura, the City of Pasadena, Los Angeles County, and the Seattle Public Library, among others. She was the cultural affairs manager for the City of Santa Monica from 2005 through 2015, where she oversaw significant expansion... Read More →

Speakers
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Teo Castellanos

Founder and Artistic Director, D-Projects
Teo Castellanos is an actor/writer/director, who works in theater, film and television. His award winning solo NE 2nd Avenue toured extensively for a decade and won the Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland 2003. He founded the Dance/Theater Company Teo Castellanos D-Projects in 2003. D-Projects toured works nationally and internationally for 12 years. Teo is the recipient of several awards and grants including NEA... Read More →
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Moy Eng

Executive Director, Community Arts Stabilization Fund
Moy Eng brings over three decades of experience in the philanthropic sector as a grantmaker, consultant and senior manager in areas as diverse as arts, education, renewable energy, lesbian and gay rights, immigrant rights, and international human rights. Known for her visionary ability to identify and support progressive ideas, Moy has worked as a grantmaker in numerous foundations with assets ranging from $100 million to $7 billion. She directed... Read More →
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Dr. Ayodele Nzinga

Activist, Oakland’s Black Arts Movement Cultural and Business District
Ayodele Nzinga is a California artist, who in the tradition of the Black Arts Continuum, uses performance as a method of inter-intra group communication. She is the Artistic Director of the original Recovery Theater, and its cult classic Marvin X’s “One Day in the Life,” the longest running African American Theater Production in North America. She is the founding Artistic Director of The Sister Thea Bowman... Read More →
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Steven H. Oliver

President, Oliver & Company
Steven H. Oliver is President of the award-winning construction and development firm Oliver & Company based in Richmond, CA, which has built over a thousand buildings in the Bay Area, including the California College of the Arts in Oakland and San Francisco, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. A well-known arts philanthropist, advocate, and civic leader in the Bay Area, Mr. Oliver is the former Chairman... Read More →


Thursday October 6, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
MACLA 510 S. 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

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