California Arts Council

State of California


Informational Hearing of the Joint Committee on the Arts
Wednesday, February 12th in Sacramento

Published: 02-06-2014

Recognizing the importance of creativity to California's past, present and future, Senator Ted Lieu will convene a hearing in the state's capitol to examine the role the creative sector plays in the state's economy. Featuring new statewide data from the Otis Report.

NEW! Watch the hearing live online at this link, Wednesday, February 12 at 10am.

WHO: Senator Ted Lieu, chair, Joint Committee on the Arts, and members

WHAT: Informational Hearing on California's Creative Economy

WHEN: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

WHERE: Room 112, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814

Policy Contact:  Lauren Pizer Mains, of Lieu's office: (310) 318-6994 or

Press Contacts:
Press - Ray Sotero, Communications Director for Sen. Ted Lieu, (916) 651-4028 or  or
Caitlin Fitzwater, Public Information Officer for the California Arts Council (916) 324-6617 or

Legislative hearing speakers (confirmed or invited):

Wylie Aitken of Orange County, chair, California Arts Council; Sammy Hoi of Los Angeles, president, Otis College of Art and Design; Robert A. Kleinhenz, Ph.D., chief economist, Kyser Center for Economic Research, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation; Sonia Tower of Santa Monica, President of the Ovation Foundation; Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, principal, Metris Arts Consulting of Easton, PA.; David Malmuth,  I.D.E.A Partners, LLC, Innovative Design District in San Diego; Brian Ulaszewski, Partner, City Fabrick, of Long Beach; Kerry Adams Hapner, director of Cultural Affairs and deputy director of Economic Development, San Jose; Susan Straight, professor, Department of Creative Writing, University of California, Riverside; Jewon Yu, Otis alumna, Global Sr. Designer, Levi Strauss of San Francisco; Erik Metzger, Processor Architecture Patent Portfolio Manager, INTEL; Chris Cabaldon, executive director, Linked Learning of Sacramento; Shawn Sullivan, art educator, K-9 Studios and Sheldon High School, Sacramento; Matt Sorum, rock and roll hall-of-fame musician; and Austin Madison, Pixar animator.


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