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In Focus: STEM+Arts Education - Best Practices for Collaboration

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
9:00am - 11:00am PST
California Community Foundation: Joan Palevsky Center
221 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $500.00
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Space is limited. Please contact Tuly Martinez for details on registration. 

In California and across the nation, momentum is building in support of learning models that integrate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and the arts. The intersection of the arts with the STEM fields can enhance student engagement and learning, and promote creative thinking and innovation that will benefit our communities far beyond the classroom.

Join your grantmaking colleagues for SCG’s 2014 In Focus series exploring STEM+Arts education. Our first meeting of the year will feature James Herr, Program Officer, Arts, California Community Foundation, and Laura Zucker, Executive Director, Los Angeles County Arts Commission. During this interactive conversation, these two leaders will discuss best practices in STEM+Arts collaboration (sometimes called STEAM), including a profile of the Arts and STEM Collaborative for 21st Century Learning.

This series will include five meetings in 2014. Each meeting builds on information and discussion from earlier sessions, so we encourage participants to plan to attend all five meetings or to send a representative from your organization if you are unable to attend.

Upcoming quarterly meetings:

February 19, 2014: Best Practices for Collaboration with Laura Zucker, Executive Director, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and facilitated by SCG member James Herr, Program Officer, Arts, California Community Foundation 

May 5, 2014: What is the State of STEM?  with Christopher Roe, Chief Executive Officer of the California STEM Learning Network. Session will take place at the Center for Healthy Communities. 

August 14, 2014: Amplifying Collective Impact  with Yasmin Fodil, Senior Strategist, GOOD/Corps. Session will take place at the Center for Healthy Communities. 

October 9, 2014: Best Practices for Teacher Development with Gregory Nicholson, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING, and Kathy Clemmer, School of Education and Seaver College of Science and Engineering, Loyola Marymount University. Session will take place at the California Club, hosted by The Leonetti/O'Connell Family Foundation. 

December 2014: Topic to be determined 

About In Focus:
Tackling an emerging trend or policy issue of concern to philanthropy, SCG’s In Focus program series convenes funders to learn about a specific topic, exchange ideas about how philanthropy can address the evolving issue, and share updates about their work. By bringing together funders over the course of one year, In Focus provides a platform for funders to address key issues through collaboration and action.

Who May Attend:
Current SCG members and other grantmakers eligible for membership. For eligibility requirements, click here.

Space is limited. Please contact Tuly Martinez for details on registration. 

Participants are encouraged to attend all five meetings of the In Focus: STEM+Arts Education series. For participants unable to participate in one or more future meetings, a representative from your organization may attend in your place.

SCG members: free
Eligible non-members: $500 (includes all five sessions)


Laura Zucker
Executive Director, Los Angeles County Arts Commission

Laura Zucker has been Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission since 1992. The Arts Commission provides leadership in cultural services of all disciplines for the largest county in the United States, encompassing 88 municipalities. In 2005, Zucker was on special assignment with Eli Broad to develop Arts + Culture LA to market LA as a cultural destination. Zucker is the author of a regional study of individual artists as part of the California Arts Council’s economic impact study on the arts.
Zucker is on the board of the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE), an officer of the Ford Theatre Foundation board, a member of the Marketing Advisory Council for the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, a founding member of the board of Arts for LA, on the Advisory Board for the Angell Foundation and a member of the United States Urban Arts Federation. She was previously the Executive Director of the Ventura Arts Council and was producing director of the Back Alley Theatre for ten years. She received a B.A. in English from Barnard College and attended the Yale School of Drama.

James E. Herr
Program Officer, Arts, California Community Foundation

James Herr is the Program Officer managing California Community Foundation (CCF) investments in the arts, including the CCF Fellowship for Visual Arts and select investments in the Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow program.
Before joining CCF in 2013, Herr was the Senior Manager, Global Corporate Citizenship for The Boeing Company, leading a team of community investors in California and Arizona. He previously worked as the Director of Diversity at Film Independent and Senior Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Herr received a B.A. in Economics and a Master’s degree in liberal arts from Temple University in Philadelphia and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University. He is a graduate of Leadership Southern California and an America’s Leaders of Change Fellow through National Urban Fellows.

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