Muse, Mix and Mingle Event
Combining missions and resources to open discussion and networking across all museums in the Greater Los Angeles area.
On Tuesday January 27th, museums from across Los Angeles convened in the LACMA’s Executive Board Room . While enjoying the spectacular view, the “Muse, Mix and Mingle” gathering was an opportunity for museum facility staff to network, learn about AEP and IAMFA, and discuss how together we can help shape the future of Los Angeles and Southern California.
Attendees included representatives from:
• Academy Museum
• Chinese American Museum
• Craft and Folk Museum
• Getty Museum
• Los Angeles County Museum of Art
• La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
• Natural History Museum
• Skirball Cultural Center
• The Huntington
• Travel Town Museum at Griffith Park
The topic was making Los Angeles the greenest Big City in the world, and how museums can play a crucial role by taking action now on sustainability issues.
Justin Yoffe, Executive Director of AEP, spoke about AEP’s mission to harness the power of the arts to create sustainable cities. He discussed how AEP works with museums on sustainability issues through education, event planning, consulting and the Los Angeles City Green Business Certification for the arts sector, the only green business certification designated for the arts in the world.
Randy Murphy, Director of Facilities at LACMA, and VP of Administration of IAMFA, followed with a presentation about IAMFA. IAMFA is an international nonprofit organization devoted to meeting the professional needs of museum facility and security administrators, conservators, and their suppliers especially in their efforts to set and attain standards of excellence and quality in the sustainable design, construction, operation and maintenance of world-class cultural facilities
David Hodgins, the Executive Director of the LA Better Buildings Challenge also presented about his program. Mr. Hodgins pointed out that green retrofits are the single most important measure that corporations and real estate owners can take to reduce their operating costs, raise commercial property values and achieve important environmental benefits like reduced carbon dioxide emissions.
LA-BBC works closely with AEP to engage a holistic approach for creating a sustainable environment for clients with low and no cost solutions. Together the programs are able to address challenges large and small for participants.
Finally, Matt Peterson, Los Angeles’ first Chief Sustainability Officer, appointed by Mayor Garcetti, presented the key points of Los Angeles’ first comprehensive City Sustainability Plan which will be released in February 2015. This plan includes all sectors of the city and addressed sustainability from the perspectives of Economy, Environment and Equity. He also spoke eloquently of the leadership role the arts and cultural sector can play in making the plan a reality for Los Angeles.
AEP and IAMFA agree with that notion and see the role of museums in the Southern California region as critical to the creation of the livable, healthy, clean and sustainable city we all want to live in.
Thanks to all that attended and we look forward to seeing you at the next Muse, Mix and Mingle.
“The people at Arts Earth Partnership understand the cultural sector and have been invaluable in helping to chart a course of cost savings and sustainability at all of our cultural facilities, even in these difficult economic times. I encourage all municipalities and arts organizations to get involved.” Olga Garay, LA DCA Director 2007-2014
“We learned so much from AEP in the process of becoming certified. Knowing how to become environmentally responsible is extremely motivating.” Suzzane Isken, Executive Director, Craft and Folk Art Museum
“AEP has been an indispensable partner to the Historic Lankershim Arts Center. The certification process revealed wasteful tendencies we were not even aware of. Many of the changes required to qualify for the partnership were quite easy to make. Thanks to AEP, we are now on a path to a sustainable future.” Joe Calarco, Managing Director, Lankershim Arts Center