What do you do during a year in the MALI program?

Individuals participate in the MALI program free of charge. The MALI curriculum is anchored by an opening two-day retreat and six all-day seminars spread over a twelve-month period. Each of the seminars includes an inspirational speaker(s) or topic, practical information and an opportunity for participants to share and discuss their current work. The program year starts with activities that help bond the group, identify the leadership styles, the particular skills and needs of each of the participants. Early content covers how things work (such as local government, foundations, corporations), and addresses working effectively in an environment outside of a culturally specific organization or activity. As trust builds, participant confidence and a shared vocabulary develop over time; the material becomes more complex and hands-on and integrates prominent mentors and faculty members with the experiences of the participants. Toward the end of the program year, hands-on collaborative activities are developed and implemented. The primary activity is a service project involving professionally-facilitated peer consultations with organizations in another city. The Mini Grant program is the final hands-on opportunity in which participants can choose to compete in a grant proposal process for a project of their choice.

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Art | Life Forum Agenda

APRIL 24th – Exclusive MALI only Mixer
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Performance: Steve Lin (MALI Class 6/South Bay Guitar Society
7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Performance: A Tape Called Mex (MALI Class 1)

APRIL 25th – Art/Life Forum
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. | Continental Breakfast/Registration
9:15 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. | Opening Remarks: Tamara Alvarado
9:20 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Keynote: Kevin McCarthy
10:00 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. | Performance: Armando Castellano and Quinteto Latino
10:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. | Presentation: Jayna Swartzman-Brosky (Center For Cultural Innovation)
10:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Facilitated Networking Session #1
11:00 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. | Break
11:05 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Workshop Session #1: Managing Successful Creative Collaborations with PC Muñoz (Classroom #1) Adaptive Communication Strategies with Matt Ogawa (Gallery)
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Lunch
12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Performance: San Jose Taiko
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Facilitated Networking Session #2
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | Break
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Workshop Sessions #2: Telling your projects story with Jerry Falek (Classroom 1) The Art of Schmoozing Panel Discussion (Gallery)
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Show and Tell: PechaKucha Presentations
4:15 p.m. | Demone Carter

MALI Art | Life Forum

artlife_logoWHAT: A first-of-its-kind gathering of all the Silicon Valley Multicultural Arts Leaders. This inaugural forum will focus on building connectivity between Multicultural Arts Leaders and fostering cross cultural artistic/programatic collaborations in our local Arts, Culture, and Entertainment Ecosystem.

WHEN: Friday,  April 25th  8:30a.m – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: The School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza  – 1700 Alum Rock Ave. San José, Ca 95121

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Kevin McCarthy, Senior Associate at Change Logic


1. Adrenaline, Egos, and Excellence: Managing Successful Creative Collaborations with PC Muñoz, Musician/Educator

2. Adaptive Communication Strategies with Matt Ogawa, Director of Global Human Resources at Gap Inc.

3. The Art of Schmoozing Panel Discussion with:

4. Telling Your Project’s Story with Jerry Falek, Storyteller / Movement Artist

Meet and greet the movers and shakers of the Silicon Valley Arts and Culture Entertainment scene

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES: by Members of San Jose Taiko and Quinteto Latino