RENEW 2024: A Community Conference on Arts, Neuroscience, & Social Wellness

Join us for a community conference on arts, neuroscience, & social wellness.

About this event

Join CNM and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs for RENEW – a special one-day event for professionals in the nonprofit cultural arts, health, and wellness sectors.

This year’s one-day conference will foster community engagement and knowledge exchange — a dynamic platform uniting experts from across the fields of arts, science, and social well-being. Through engaging presentations and interactive sessions, attendees will delve into cutting-edge insights and best practices, exploring innovative approaches and collaborative solutions to enhance individual and societal well-being.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

This event is sold out. 

Who Should Attend: Nonprofit professionals including CEOs, program directors, managers, board members, individuals from the health and wellness sector, and community-based artists who work independently or within any type of nonprofit service organization.

Location: The California Endowment,
1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Speakers and Presenters:

  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Assal Habibi – Associate Research Professor of Psychology & Director, USC Center for Music, Brain, & Society
  • Wendy Chavez – Navigator & Promotora Coordinator, Central City Neighborhood Partners
  • Jessica Edelstein – Art Therapist & Psychotherapist, The Limbic Lounge
  • Efrain Escobedo – President & CEO, Center for Nonprofit Management
  • Lishaun Francis – Senior Director of Behavioral Health, Children Now
  • Evelyn Hernandez – Peace & Healing Coordinator, Wilmington YMCA
  • Sandra Hill-Glover – Vice President of Learning & Innovations, Center for Nonprofit Management
  • Ping Ho – Founder & Director, Arts and Healing Initiative
  • Dr. Marco Iacoboni – Professor, UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
  • Sunil Iyengar – Director, Office of Research & Analysis, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Keith McNutt – Director of the Western Region, The Entertainment Community Fund
  • Nadia Paredes – President, American Art Therapy Association & Registered Art Therapist, Licensed Marital, and Family Therapist
  • Steven Reigns – Founder, Therapy for Adults
  • Rosamaria Segura – Mindfulness Meditation Teacher
  • Daniel Tarica – General Manager, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles
  • Joseph Quintana – Executive Director & Founder, Native Development Network

COVID Protocols

Masks are not required at this time, but we ask you to be considerate of fellow attendees’ health and comfort and practice mindful social distancing. If you are exhibiting any signs of cold or flu symptoms, please stay at home. We are monitoring developments around COVID-19 and will adjust event guidelines accordingly.

About the Department of Cultural Affairs:

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is a progressive arts and cultural agency in Los Angeles. It promotes quality arts programming, manages cultural centers, preserves historic sites, creates public art, and funds arts organizations and individual artists. Since 1925, DCA has aimed to engage residents and visitors, recognize diverse cultures, and improve the quality of life in Los Angeles. Through grantmaking, community arts, performing arts, and strategic marketing, DCA advances the social and economic impact of arts and culture while providing service in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles.

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