Arts + Technology Forum

University of Colorado Denver's Comcast Media and Technology Center. Credit: Robert King Photography

CBCA’s new Arts + Industry Forum Series, in partnership with College of Arts & Media at CU Denver and the Denver Business Journal, is bringing together experts from various industry sectors with leaders in the creative community. These engaging discovery sessions bring together experts and stakeholders from a variety of arts and business sectors. By fostering a community dialogue, these forums expose our constituents to timely issues, opportunities and raises awareness on how arts interact and influence specific industries.

The inaugural forum will focus on the multifaceted interaction of Arts + Technology.


4:30 – 5:00 pm Networking Reception and Entertainment

5:00 pm Keynote: Venka Purushothaman, LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore)

5:30 pm Interactive Panel with Local Thought Leaders, Moderated by Greg Avery, Denver Business Journal (Panelists to be announced soon!)

6:15 – 7:00 pm Networking Reception and Student Demonstrations

About the Speakers

Venka Purushothaman

Provost, LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore)

With a distinguished career in arts higher education and cultural and creative industries, he has led significant transformation at LASALLE in response to the morphing cultural landscape in Southeast Asia. At LASALLE, he steered the development of the world’s first MA in Asian Art Histories and founded the collective, Asia-Pacific Network for Culture, Education and Research (ANCER) to facilitate cultural leadership and research in Southeast Asia. He is a founding member of the Global Design Faculty, involving five international universities exploring cross-cultural design pedagogies and practices.

Venka lectures internationally on issues in contemporary art; arts higher education; festival cultures; and, cultural policy in Asia. He has given keynotes at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (China), the School of Art Institute of Chicago (USA), Musashino Arts University, Tokyo (Japan), Goldsmiths College (UK), South Asian University, Delhi (India), and Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto (Canada).

Prior to academia, Venka worked with various cultural organisations including the Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay, National Arts Council Singapore and Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne; and on arts events such as WOMAD and the Singapore Arts Festival. Today, he serves as an expert on many professional and government committees and has chaired important panels on arts funding, cultural awards and those dedicated to developing youths. He remains one of the few arts leaders in Southeast Asia who is adept in working seamlessly across the visual arts, performing arts, design and education sectors. In 2013, he was awarded the Friend of MCCY Award (Ministry of Culture Community and Youth) for his service to arts and culture in Singapore.

Venka is an award-winning author of numerous artist monographs and books on cultural policy and festivals. The Art of Sukumar Bose: Reflections on South and Southeast Asia (2013) was awarded 2015 ICAS Best Art Book Prize by the International Congress of Asian Scholars, Leiden University. His books on culture include Making Visible the Invisible: Three Decades of the Singapore Arts Festival (2007) and Narratives: Notes on a Cultural Journey, Cultural Medallion Recipients, 1979-2002 (2002). His current research interest is in cultural and creative industries and arts higher education.

Venka holds BA (Hons), York University, Toronto (English Literature & Communications), MA, York University (Shakespearean Studies) and PhD, University of Melbourne, Australia (Cultural Policy & Creative Industries). He is Fellow, Royal Society of the Arts (UK); University Fellow, Musashino Art University
(Japan); McNally Fellow, Singapore Ireland Fund-LASALLE (Ireland/Singapore) and Member, Association of International Art Critics (France).

He is Member of the Strategy Group for the Higher Education Academy’s (UK) Global Teaching Excellence Awards. He is a Member of the International Advisory Council, Cambodian Living Arts (Cambodia/USA) and Member of Virginia Commonwealth University-QATAR’s School of the Arts Advisory Board (USA/QATAR).

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