Embrace & Celebrate Culture is a new, citywide Arts & Culture and Human Relations inter-commission initiative to celebrate diversity and create greater culture of inclusion, equity and belonging in the City of Beverly Hills.
Through Community Engagement and the Arts, the two commissions will find relevant ways to showcase global arts and cultural art forms, support local artists, arts and service organizations, and honor community-based individuals and philanthropists who enrich their communities through daily acts of kindness, compassion and tireless service.
Sing for Hope Pianos Beverly Hills
August 5 - September 6, 2021
Parks and Public Spaces in Beverly Hills
The City of Beverly Hills and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts partnered with non-profit Sing for Hope organization, bringing 16 artist-designed Sing for Hope Pianos to parks and public spaces through Beverly Hills from August 5 through September 6 for anyone and everyone to play. The Sing for Hope Pianos be moved to permanent homes in public schools across the greater Los Angeles area in the fall.
The Sing for Hope Pianos program began in New York City in 2010 and is one of the world’s largest annually recurring public arts programs.
To learn more about piano locations, artists and pop-up concerts, go to www.singforhope.org/beverlyhills.
Sing for Hope Pianos Beverly Hills Launch Event
AUGUST 5, 2021
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
A public unveiling and official launch of the much-anticipated Sing for Hope Pianos Beverly Hills was held at The Wallis on August 5 where over 500 people got a first glimpse of the 16 vibrantly-painted upright pianos that are now in parks and public spaces throughout the City for all to see, play and enjoy for free through September 6.
The event featured a special performance by local pianists playing Bach on all 16 Sing for Hope Pianos in unison, a performance by Sing for Hope co-founders Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora, performances by Debbie Allen Dance Academy dancers, solo and group performances by musical director and pianist Herman Jackson, Grammy winning writer and pianist Tommy Coster and pianist Wayne Linsey, as well as performances by children of the Shilla Hekmat Music Academy. Actor and activist Monique Coleman received the Sing for Hope’s annual Art for All Award.
Beverly Hills Mayor Robert Wunderlich praised the Sing for Hope partnership with the City and said, “Sing for Hope Pianos innovatively brings together culture and community, two of the hallmarks of our city. We invite all to enjoy these creative works while celebrating incredible artistic talent in a world-class environment.”
Visions of the Future
Visions of the Future
Artist, James Goldcrown - Pop-Up Art Activation
June 21 - August 31, 2021
455 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills
The Next Beverly Hills Committee has partnered with the City of Beverly Hills' Arts and Culture and Human Relations Commissions to launch its new program, Visions of the Future, special pop-up art installations intended to activate our public spaces with vibrant, visual experiences for Beverly Hills residents, business owners and visitors from the LA area and around the world. Visions of the Future is part of the City's Embrace & Celebrate Culture initiative.
About the Artist, James Goldcrown
Born in West London, James Goldcrown is a self-taught artist/photographer now based in Los Angeles
After leaving school at 17 years old, he had a career as a fashion photographer. James created the documentary, To Die No More, which highlighted the AIDS/HIV epidemic in Africa, with proceeds donated to the people featured in the film. Since 2007, Goldcrown has incorporated mixed media into his photography, influences by his previous days as a street artist in the early ‘90s.
Internationally renowned for his Bleeding Hearts/Lovewall murals, including one displayed here in Beverly Hills, Goldcrown has also collaborated with nationally-recognized brand and companies, sold art privately, and displayed publicly across major urban city centers worldwide.
This is Goldcrown’s first collaboration with the City of Beverly Hills.
For more information about James Goldcrown, visit https://www.jgoldcrown.com.
Vision in Light: Windows on the Wallis
From November 19 to November 29, the City of Beverly Hills in partnership with TZ Projects and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presented an extraordinary art experience – a site-specific art installation projected on the windows of The Wallis to inspire joy, wonder and awareness.
This drive-by art exhibit featured emerging and established artists with artwork featured by: Adrienne Adar, Alison Saar, Awol Erizku, Ayana V. Jackson, Bettina Hubby, Bhanu Kapil, Calida Rawles, Cam Hicks, Carter Murdoch, Chris Cadaver, Cleo Wade, Darian Zahedi, Damien Hirst, Diane Holland, Diana Hakobyan, Fatemeh Burnes, Firooz Zahedi, Forrest Kirk, Gabriella Sanchez, Gajin Fujita, Gegam Kacherian, Genevieve Gaignard, Glen Wilson, Greg Ito, Gregory Siff, Haleigh Nickerson, Hank Willis Thomas, For Freedoms, Heather Rasmussen, Jen DeNike, JPW3, Keith Mayerson, Lauren Halsey, Lezley Saar, Manjari Sharma, Mario Moore, Maynard Monrow, Mónica Hernández, Omid Mokri, Patrick Martinez, Paul Rusconi, Shaina McCoy, Rakeem Cunningham, Simphiwe Ndzube, Spencer Mar Guilburt, Terry O’Neill, Summer Wheat, and Tom Pazderka.
Curatorial Advising Committee: Lois Plehn, Peter Frank, Lisa Applebaum Haddad, Maynard Monrow, Laura Dvorkin, Kimberly Davis, Caroline Tufenkian, Christina Caputo, Hank Willis Thomas’ For Freedoms Collective, Erin Christovale, Christopher Lew, Michele Snyder, Breanne Bradley, Meghan Doherty, Antoine Girard, Becky Pynoos, Luis Calderon (The Urban Art Group CAL), Spencer Rudin, Ashley Woods Hollister and more!
Presenters: City of Beverly Hills, TZ Projects, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Partner: Surface Productions
Thanks to our community donors for making this extraordinary art installation possible. Donors include: The Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Hon. Lili and Jon Bosse, Domino Realty, Shawn Far, Josh Flagg, Jeff Hyland and Rick Hilton, K. Period Media, Konheim Family, Rochelle Maize Luxury Estates, Mapleton Investments, Stephanie and Leon Vahn, Liana, Helen and Richard Weston, Eden Alpert, Hrishikesh Desai and Justine Roach, Forte Wellness Inc., Deborah Frank, David Freitag, Diane Holland, Forrest L. Kirk, Scott Levenson, Ned Low, Patricia Van Ronkel Low, Max Ostrow, Annette and Marc Saleh, Sanam Shamtobi, Skin Style Beverly Hills, Kevin Whittaker.
Photo Gallery: Vision in Light: Windows on the Wallis
A Cultural Experience Like No Other
A collaboration between the City of Beverly Hills and United Talent Agency will activate empty storefronts in Beverly Hills with art installations in an exhibit entitled: Beyond 2020: A Cultural Experience Like No Other. The intention of the exhibit is about positively looking forward by creating wonder and meaning during challenging times.
Embrace & Celebrate Culture Initiative Ad-Hoc Members
Arts and Culture Commission
Human Relations Commission
|Deborah Frank||Stephanie Vahn||Annette Saleh||Noelle Freeman|
|Chair, Arts and Culture Commission||Arts and Culture Commissioner||Embrace & Celebrate Culture Ad Hoc Member||Human Relations Commissioner|