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Orchestras as Social Change Agents

Tuesday, October 20, 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Heart of Los Angeles

Organized by Ken Cole, Vice President, Learning & Leadership Development, League of American Orchestras.

Moderated by Jesse Rosen, President and CEO, League of American Orchestras. Presented by Anthony Brown, Executive Director, Heart of Los Angeles; and Gail Samuel, Executive Director, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.

Through its El Sistema-inspired Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA) program, the Los Angeles Philharmonic partners with other community-based organizations to provide free instruments, intensive music instruction, and academic support to hundreds of underserved students, empowering them to become vital citizens, leaders, and agents of change. This off-site session, conducted at Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), provides an opportunity to observe firsthand how two very different organizations — a legacy cultural institution and a community center — collaborate to address pressing youth development needs. Join us to learn about their remarkable initiative — a robust example of similar work being done by orchestras and partner organizations across the country. See students and teachers in action, and engage in a lively discussion of transferable practices.

This session will be held in the Rampart District at Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA).