Dialogue on Diversity, Culture and Creativity

Civic Practice is concept that is gaining traction in the arts and non-profit arena around the country. Cultural institutions of all sorts are developing community partnerships that support and augment programming that surround mainstage productions.

However, arts organizations do not have to engage with non-arts partners solely through a lens of project-based needs. Institutions can sustain partnerships beyond singular projects  - and that is when it becomes Civic Practice. These partnerships can effectively build relationships around meaningful, shared interests, and they help arts organizations broaden he scope of their presence in their local communities.

This conversation addresses the possibilities and the pitfalls, the questions and the hope associated with this work. 


Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 6 - 7:30 PM


Bryan Education Studio, Wilsey Center for Opera

401 Van Ness Ave. SF, CA 94102


This is a free public event


Melissa Ngan, Executive Director, 5th House Ensemble (Moderator)

Chip McNeal, Director of Diversity, Equity and Community, San Francisco Opera

Stacy Webb, Communications and Corporate Relations Manager, Compass Family Services

Tiffany Apczynski, Executive Director, Zendesk Neighbor Foundation

Matthew "Mattie" Banks, Community Housing Partnership

Sarah Shortt, Director of Public Policy & Community Organizing, Community Housing Partnership

Ming Luke, Conductor & Musician, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra

San Francisco Opera hosts the unity Conversation series to bring artists, educators and communities together through meaningful dialogue around today's most profound cultural issues.

Community members from all walks of life are encouraged to engage with distinguished speakers to challenge our collective thinking, promote tolerance, and create social change through racial equity in the arts.

Earn Your Wings is supported by funding from a Civic Practice Grant from OPERA America’s Opera Fund.