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PechaKucha: Innovative Planning and Design for Civic Arts Projects

Tuesday, October 8, 11:10am – 12:10pm

Washington C, Third Floor

Organized by Nathan Birnbaum, Cultural Affairs Administrator, City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs, and Peter James, Senior Planner, Strategic and Transportation Planning, City of Santa Monica.

PechaKucha, a Japanese word for “chitchat,” is an inspired new format for the collective exchange of information between architects, planners, designers, and artists. A PechaKucha may involve anyone, from seasoned professionals to students to individuals presenting their work for the first time. Innovative or interdepartmental teams were invited to participate in a special GIA PechaKucha focused on civic planning/design for the arts. Peter James and Nathan Birnbaum of the City of Santa Monica’s Cultural Affairs and Strategic Planning Departments, respectively, will anchor the event with a presentation on the new Bergamot Arts Center and Creative District.

Presentation personnel:

Project: Bergamot Arts Center and Creative District
Presenters: Peter James/Nathan Birnbaum, Senior Planner, Strategic and Transportation Planning/Cultural Affairs Administrator
Organization: City of Santa Monica Planning and Cultural Affairs Depts.
Location: Santa Monica

Project: Tiny WPA
Presenter: Alex Gilliam, Director
Organization: Public Workshop
Location: Philadelphia

Project: Museum Without Walls
Presenter: Caitlin Martin, Media and Communications Manager
Organization: Association for Public Art
Location: Philadelphia

Project: Elevate
Presenters: Camille Russell Love, Executive Director
Organization: City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
Location: Atlanta

Project: San Jose SoFA Cultural District
Presenters: Kerry Adams Hapner, Director of Cultural Affairs
Organization: San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs
Location: City of San Jose

Project: Project Willowbrook
Presenters: Sofia Klatzker, Director of Grants and Professional Development
Organization: Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Location: Los Angeles