State of the Arts and Bella Gaia

DateTuesday, June 29, 2010 at 9:14PM

Attended the State of the Arts Symposium at the L.A. Center last Saturday… well actually didn’t show up til the last 3 hours of the event.  Wish I had arrived earlier because the one panel discussion I caught was intriguing: Trans-Cultural Creation: The Global Landscape of Arts and Media.

Was most impressed by the wise, articulate and surprisingly young Tala Mohebi, Editor-In-Chief of Public Diplomacy Magazine from USC.  The latest (winter 2010) issue is all about ‘Cultural Diplomacy’.

Excerpt From the Editors by Tala Mohebi, Katharine Keith, John Nahas, “Governments, non-state actors, multinational corporations and influential individuals have all, at some point, utilized culture as a tool for communicating and relating to foreign as well as domestic audiences. While this is common practice, it is not always correctly identified as cultural diplomacy. Our goal in this issue is to bring together the history and theory that underpins this element of diplomacy in order to recognize its value as well as its limitations.”

I recommend the World Without Walls article.

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