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LEADING TOGETHER ART & EXPERIENCES The Council on Foundations would like to thank the Arts Loan Fund in conjunction with the Northern California Grantmakers and Americans for the Arts for helping to infuse the Arts into the 2015 Annual Meeting. We are committed to showcasing the transformative power of connecting philanthropy and art. OPENING PLENARY SUNDAY, APRIL 26TH Bella Gaia AFTERNOON PLENARY MONDAY, APRIL 27TH Join us at the opening plenary to experience violinist Kenji Williams perform with vocalist Kristin Hoffman. Inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life changing power of seeing the Earth from space, director-composer Kenji Williams’ award winning BELLA GAIA (Beautiful Earth) involves collaborating with institutions such as NASA, The Smithsonian, and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to present an unprecedented audiovisual experience that combines satellite imagery of Earth, time lapse nature photography, and cultural heritage footage with stirring live performances of music from around the world. Williams explores the nexus of art and science and combines these using his unique skills in film and music. Founded in 1996 in San Francisco, Youth Speaks has long championed a local, national, and increasingly global movement of young people picking up pens and stepping proudly onto stages, declaring themselves present. Through the intersection of arts education and youth development practices, civic engagement strategies, and high quality artistic presentation, Youth Speaks creates safe spaces that challenge young people to find, develop, publicly present, and apply their voices as creators of societal change. We are honored to have a few of their many talented voices open the afternoon plenary. SUNRISE YOGA SUNDAY & MONDAY 6:30 - 8 AM | FOOTHILL F, SECOND LEVEL Pack your yoga mats and start your conference week right! Join us for meditation from 6:30 - 7:00 am followed by a physical practice beginning at 7 am prompt! This class combines breathing, physical postures, and meditation as a way of relaxing and preparing for busy and exciting conference week! Please note, there are a limited number of mats provided. Water and towels will be made available. COOKING UP OPPORTUNITY WITH LA COCINA SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 3:30 - 4:30 PM, COUNCIL CENTRAL, B2 LEVEL La Cocina is a groundbreaking business incubator designed to reduce the obstacles that often prevent low- income food entrepreneurs from creating successful and sustainable small businesses. By providing affordable, shared, commercial kitchen space, an array of industry-specific technical assistance and services, access to market opportunities and access to capital, La Cocina works with low-income women and immigrant entrepreneurs as they launch, grow, and formalize successful food businesses. The organization’s vision is that program participants become economically self-sufficient and contribute to a vibrant and diverse economy doing what they love to do. Learn more about the Site Session to La Cocina on page 11. 38 Council on Foundations 2015 Annual Meeting |

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