arts and health week summit - FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2023

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion - Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall
9:30AM - 4:00PM


Join LA Opera Connects, Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, Healing Arts—an initiative of the Jameel Arts & Health Lab—and the World Health Organization and organizations from across Los Angeles to explore the connections between arts, wellness and recovery.

This year’s Arts and Health Week Summit will highlight the importance of creative aging programs for older adults. Featuring acclaimed soprano and arts in healthcare advocate Renée Fleming alongside local community leaders, the daylong summit will also showcase the ways in which the arts support mental health and wellbeing, and how they enrich our lives at all ages. Attendees will also be offered, while supplies last, tickets to An Evening with Renée Fleming at LA Opera on Saturday, June 10.

This year's Summit will feature speakers such as:

View the full Summit schedule here.

Read more to learn about Arts and Health Week events around Los Angeles County. 


  • January 27 - June 11
    Exposure: Native Arts and Political Energy - Armory Center for the Arts
    145 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

    This exhibition documents international Indigenous artists’ responses to the impacts of radiation and toxic waste on Native peoples and the environment. The work of the 36 artists and collectives, most of whom identify as Indigenous, is centered around the impact that nuclear testing, uranium mining, and the subsequent contamination have had on the colonized peoples and their ancestral, unceded lands of present-day Australia, Canada, Greenland, the US, Japan, and the Pacific Islands.

  • June 2, 3, 9 and 10
    The Actors’ Gang Prison Rehabilitation Program Presents: The Darkness The Actors’ Gang Theater 
    9070 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 
    The Darkness: Goddess Revealed is told through the perspective of three vastly different characters, all played by writer Nick Gillie: Glory Banks was a surgeon, Patrick Bartholomey was an outlaw, and Darrick Taylor was a Black Slave in the Mississippi cotton fields. As these characters enter the afterlife, their understanding of their own lives is utterly transformed in the presence of The Darkness, the infinite beauty of life and creation.

  • June 6 and 8

    Dance for Joy - Lineage Performing Arts Center 
    920 E Mountain St, Pasadena, CA 91104
    In 2009 we founded the Dance For Joy program: a series of free acting, dance, and voice classes for people with neurological challenges like Parkinson's, MS, TBI, Alzheimer's and dementia, and stroke.


  • 9:00AM

    Student Perspectives on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Music for Health Sound Health Network Virtual Platform
    One last event for you before summer arrives and the conclusion of school, and graduation festivities fill our calendars. June 7th , will be the next Virtual Platform Live Day: Student Perspectives on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Music and Health. It will begin with networking at 8:30 a.m. PST, followed by two sessions, respectively starting at 9: 00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. PST.

  • 11:30AM-1:30PM

    Zine Workshop with the Long Beach Health Department - Able ARTS Work Gallery/EXPO Arts Center 
    4321 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807 
    Pronounced like "zine" in the word "magazine", zines are a one of a kind, and independently made booklets. They can focus on a specific subject and are part of DIY (do-it-yourself) culture. The purpose of these workshops is to provide the Long Beach community an opportunity to share their COVID-19 pandemic experiences using an artistic outlet – zine making.

  • 2:00-3:00PM

    Urban Voices Project: Neighborhood Sing Hybrid Program (virtual and in-person) - Joshua House Clinic 
    325 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
    Neighborhood Sing is an immersive music engagement workshop that cultivates self-expression and community. Trained teaching artists facilitate participatory activities such as mind-body practices, breathing exercises, sharing songs from a diverse repertoire, improvisation, and guided conversation. This workshop aims to improve mental health and develop social and emotional learning. 

LA Opera Connects is generously supported in part by The Green Foundation, The Music Man Foundation, Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, Los Angeles City Department of Cultural Affairs and an anonymous donor.