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SEPTEMBER 17, 2017 @ 5 PM PDT





MICHAEL ALEXANDER has devoted his entire professional career to the arts, working to make stellar performances, in many genres, accessible to diverse audiences. On September 23rd, he will be honored for 27 years of service as the Executive Director of Grand Performances. The mission of Grand Performances is to inspire community, celebrate diversity, and unite Los Angeles through free access to global performing arts. Every week throughout summer, multiple events are offered at the California Plaza Watercourt, featuring world-renowned musicians, dancers, poets and other artists from around the world.


Earlier this year Michael received Sidney R. Yates Award for outstanding advocacy from the Association for Performing Arts Presenters. Michael firmly believes that access to the arts is a right, not a privilege, and he has joined and often chaired the boards of numerous professional organizations, including the California Arts Council.


Michael Alexander is renowned for a number of firsts:


He was the Aman Folk Ensemble’s first employee of this otherwise all-volunteer ensemble that performed widely and lasted for decades.


In his role as the Director of Performing Arts for the City of Los Angeles, Michael secured the Western Arts Alliances’ first grant to enable scholarships to LA artists and presenters serving marginalized communities.


During his tenure with the City, he created a festival support program that resulted in the City’s first Deaf Arts Festival.

At the upcoming gala on September 23rd, to represent Fela as authentically as possible,  Sahr Ngaujah who portrayed Fela on Broadway, and Ethio Cali will provide the musical backdrop for this annual benefit concert.


On this week's Experience Talks, Michael talks about Grand Performances, the gala, and how the arts play a vital role in a world of challenges.


JULIE CARMEN HOFFMAN is a certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), and a Clinical Professor LMU YTRx Yoga Therapy for Mental Health at Venice Family Clinic. She will discuss an innovative advanced clinical practicum starting September 26th in conjunction with the Venice Family Clinic Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center, through Loyola Marymount's Yoga Studies program.


Learn more at, and see a video entitled, "Yoga Therapy for Mental Health," here.

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