Oct 5

Panel + Q&A: How Can the Arts Drive Economic Vitality and Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic?

7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Online
Panel + Q&A: How Can the Arts Drive Economic Vitality and Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic?

In a panel discussion moderated by PPI Community Liaison and National Women’s Political Caucus of California President Karriann Farrell Hinds, California State Treasurer Fiona Ma will:

  • Explore how prioritization of investment in arts and cultural programs can become a driver for COVID-19 economic recovery
  • Describe the recent efforts at the state level to introduce a viable, comprehensive economic stimulus plan.

Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown will talk about the local efforts to use arts and cultural investments to protect and drive economic recovery.

The discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A. Free.

Join on Zoom: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/95725310236

More info: https://www.smc.edu/community/public-policy-institute/events.php

About the 2020 Fall Arts and Cultural Affairs Forum

The Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute (PPI) and the SMC Associated Students will present the 2020 Virtual Fall Arts and Cultural Affairs Forum October 5-8. The theme for this year’s community forum is “2020’s Crisitunity” [crisis + opportunity]: The Arts Igniting Common Purpose and Pandemic Recovery,” with a keynote panel featuring California State Treasurer Fiona Ma and Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown.

The Fall Arts and Cultural Affairs Forum will present virtual talks and panel discussions highlighting the importance of performing and visual arts in — and to — society, ​especially one striving to recover from the many effects of COVID-19 and the moment of social and racial reckoning it is experiencing. Forum events will explore how expression through the arts can influence ideas and change perceptions, and how community advocacy can make change happen. The forum will also present a drive-in film screening featuring dance performances and free popcorn.

All forum events are open to the public, and most events are free. Talks and panel discussions will be held live online using the Zoom platform.

“As the pandemic continues to impact our lives in ways none of us had imagined, it’s clearer and clearer to me that the arts and the people who make art need to be in close contact with those who are making public policy in these challenging times. This year’s annual PPI Arts Forum is designed to do just that,” said PPI co-director and SMC political science professor Dr. Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein.