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Joel Wachs

Charlotte Street Foundation and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art welcome Joel Wachs, President of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, to Kansas City. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts was established by Warhol’s will to advance the visual arts.  Foundation president Joel Wachs will reflect on the vital role of foundations, artists, and free speech during a discussion with Julia Cole of Charlotte Street Foundation, and documentary filmmaker and video artist Caitlin HorsmonJulián Zugazagoitia, Executive Director of the Nelson-Atkins, will moderate.

Joel Wachs: Embracing Risk, Reaping Rewards, Empowering Artists

Date: Thursday, May 2, 6-7pm, Open to the Public
Location: Atkins Auditorium, Nelson-Atkins Museum / 4525 Oak St KCMO 64111
Tickets: FREE

Joel Wachs, long-time member of the Los Angeles City Council, its past President, and former Mayoral candidate, joined The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts as its president in October 2001. Following a career as a tax attorney, Wachs was first elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 1971 and won re-election to that office seven times by record margins – most recently in 1999. During his tenure on the City Council, Joel Wachs was widely recognized as Los Angeles’ strongest advocate for the arts, and authored most of the city’s significant legislation designed to support artists and arts organizations, including the establishment of the landmark Los Angeles Endowment for the Arts. Wachs also served as acting chairman of the National League of Cities Task Force on the Arts, which drafted the nation’s first comprehensive municipal policy statement on the role of the arts in our cities. He has served a variety of arts organizations, most notably the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, where he was vice chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Learn more about Julia Cole and Caitlin Horsmon in the press release.


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