Arts, Culture and Democracy featured key note speaker Douglas McLennan followed by a panel discussion. Founder and editor of ArtsJournal.com Douglas McLennan presented "More than Applause: The Pursuit of Cultural Conversation." McLennan examined the ways in which the arts and culture community can and must begin offering new perspectives and meaningful dialogue on essential issues like health care, immigration, education, and foreign affairs. The event conveners say that since decisions affecting Tucson represent our community's fundamental values and concerns, those issues merit examination on stages, in galleries, and everywhere the arts thrive in our community.
Today on 30 Minutes, we continue with part two of McLennan's presentation. In the second portion of today's 30 Minutes, we'll hear remarks made by Phoenix based Playwright James Garcia in response to Douglas McLennan's presentation.
James E. Garcia is a playwright, journalist, university lecturer, and owner of Creative Vistas Media. He also serves as the director of communications at the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and as a writer, researcher and policy strategist at Urias Communications. He has taught writing, theater and ethnic studies courses at Arizona State University since 2003. Garcia is the co-founder of the Real Arizona Coalition and producing artistic director of New Carpa Theater Company. in Phoenix.