2015 Program Schedule

The 2015 Arts & Culture Symposium is pleased to present the following speakers and presenters:

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Host and Emcee
David Gallegos
David Gallegos is a Colorado native and is a longtime resident of Brighton. He graduated from Denver West High School and attended the University of Northern Colorado. David has a long employment history with the City of Brighton serving as concert coordinator, event planner and was recently appointed Arts and Culture Coordinator.

8:30 - 9 a.m.

Registration Check-in

9 - 9:15 a.m.

Presented by the Arts and Culture community leaders of Brighton.
9:15 - 9:25 a.m.
Theo Wilson

Theo Wilson is the founding member of the Denver Slam Nuba team, winner of the National Poetry Slam! He began his speaking career in the N.A.A.C.P. at the age of 15 and has always had a passion for social justice. He has worked as a full-time actor in St. Louis Black Repertory Company, where he was introduced to Slam Poetry and has never looked back. He won the 2007 Erotic Poetry Slam in Austin, Texas, and in 2009, he had the honor of placing fifth in the world at the International World Poetry Slam. He teaches and lectures on poetry with the Art-From-Ashes nonprofit poetry therapy organization, and is a proud resident of Denver, Colorado. Theo has opened for performers such as Dead Prez, The Flobots, Bahamadia, Saul Williams, Taylor Mali and Universes. 
9:30 - 10 a.m.
Social Responsibility in Music
Jonny 5 & Brer Rabbit of Flobots
(founders of Youth On Record)
Youth on Record is committed to ensuring that the youth they serve graduate from high school and are ready to enter the workforce, transition to college or enter advanced technical training. Their programs empower teens in some of Denver’s most vulnerable communities to make life choices that positively impact their future by teaching them to develop the tools, inspiration and wherewithal to succeed in today’s world and to become leaders of tomorrow. Their intensive, for-credit high school classes are led by a powerful group of culturally relevant Colorado musicians, all of whom have a passion for working with at-risk and underserved youth in the Denver Metro area.

10 - 10:15 a.m.

Questions & Answers

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.

10:30 - 10:40 a.m.
Wendy Woo
As Colorado’s music scene has exploded over the past few years, one of its mainstays has been Wendy Woo. Her energetic personality, musical skills, and spirited songwriting have made her a media and fan favorite and have taken her to venues across the country including the Fox Theater and Red Rocks in Colorado, the Bitter End and the Living Room in New York, the Hotel Cafe in Los Angles, the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Sweetwater in Mill Valley, and Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia. Anticipating the rise of the independent artist, Woo formed her own corporation, Woo Music. Through that she runs her own record label (eight albums), publishing company, booking agency, and management company. 
10:40 - 11:10 a.m.
What is a creative district?  What is the economic impact of creative districts?
Colorado Creative Industries 
In July 2010, Colorado’s new Creative Industries Division merged the former Council on the Arts and Art in Public Places program to capitalize on the immense potential for our creative sector to drive economic growth in Colorado.  A division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade, Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) sees a future where Colorado is a premiere “Creative Economy.” CCI strives to create a strong brand identity, a Top 10 reputation, and create significant and sustained investment in the creative sector where creative entrepreneurs and enterprises will flourish. It's our goal for Colorado to “grow its own” creative workforce. 
11:10 - 11:25 a.m.
Questions & Answers
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
12:30 - 12:40 p.m.
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble is internationally esteemed as one of America’s foremost modern dance companies. Under the direction of Cleo Parker Robinson, the Ensemble performs a dynamic body of works inspired by the African American experience and rooted in ethnic and modern dance traditions worldwide. Legendary and emerging artists alike are drawn by the spirit of the company to create works that transcend the boundaries of culture, class and age while unequivocally communicating the complexity of the human condition. The ensemble has been seen by an estimated 2 million fans throughout the United States and more than 20 countries on five continents, CPRDE continues to be a leader in dance innovation and the promotion of American dance heritage.
12:40 - 1:10 p.m.
Keynote Speaker
Cleo Parker Robinson
Cleo Parker Robinson is founder, artistic director and choreographer of the 40+ year-old Denver-based artistic institution, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. She leads a professional dance Ensemble, Youth Ensemble, a School of Dance, an International Summer Dance Institute, a 300-seat theatre that bears her name, and a myriad of community outreach programs. She continues to be the recipient of honors and awards from civic, community, and artistic organizations around the world, and is called on by a myriad of organizations and performance venues to bring her Ensemble for performances, and to conduct workshops, master classes, and motivational seminars. Her philosophy of “One Spirit, Many Voices” is reflected in all she does, and is the vision she brings to everyone she meets, everywhere she goes. 
1:10 - 1:20 p.m. 
Jon Chandler
The Los Angeles Daily News dubbed Denver native Jon Chandler the “best western songsmith since Ian Tyson.” He hosts America’s Soul Live, a monthly Arvada, CO-based acoustic concert series. Jon was chosen Best Living Western Musician by True West Magazine. He was awarded the Western Writers of America’s prestigious Spur Award for best song two times - in 2009 for Linwood, a fictional examination of the last hours of the notorious gunman Doc Holliday’s life, and the second in 2012 for Morning Star Moon, his observation of Wyoming’s iconic Hole in the Wall country. He is the recipient of the Western Folk-life Center’s Yellowstone-Teton Songwriting Contest Audience Award. A prominent western writer, he won the WWA Spur Award for his novel, The Spanish Peaks, and his novel "Wyoming Wind" was a Colorado Book Award finalist. His newly released seventh CD is entitled "The Gang." 
1:20 - 1:50 p.m.
Understanding Grants
Scientific and Cultural Facilities District
Since 1989, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) has distributed funds from a 1/10 of 1% sales and use tax to cultural facilities throughout the seven-county Denver metropolitan area. The funds support cultural facilities whose primary purpose is to enlighten and entertain the public through the production, presentation, exhibition, advancement and preservation of art, music, theatre, dance, zoology, botany, natural history and cultural history. The distribution budget for scientific and cultural organizations in the seven-county area is approximately $40 million annually. And we've discovered that funding on that scale, delivered to a local area, makes a profound impact. As a result, the Denver Metro area is now in the national spotlight and has been elevated in stature to a world-class cultural center. 
1:50 - 2:05 p.m.
Questions & Answers
2:05 - 2:15 p.m.
2:15 - 2:30 p.m.
Manuel Molina
Manuel Molina was born in Peru . He attended the Conservatory of Peru in Lima where he studied composition and classical guitar. At 17, he was the youngest person to conduct the Peruvian National Symphony. He has led various musical groups around the world for more than 25 years providing professional Latin entertainment. His band, Hot Molina, has traveled the world performing. He enjoys a thriving international career as a solo guitarist with several recordings: Una Noche De Amor, Tranquilo, Apasionado, around the world and an album of Christmas favorites. Some highlights of his varied professional career include: A 1990 performance for Shimon Peres, the current Prime minister of Israel, in Denver, CO.,  and participation in the 1999 Noche De Gala at the Center for Performing Arts - James Olmos Latin Film Festival,

2:30 - 3 p.m.

Healing Through the Arts Panel
Speakers and more info coming soon.
Art therapy involves the creation of art in order to increase awareness of self and others. This in turn may promote personal development, increase coping skills, and enhance cognitive function. It is based on personality theories, human development, psychology, family systems, and art education. Art therapists are trained in both art and psychological therapy.

3 - 4 p.m.
Questions & Answers, Final Thoughts, and Closing