VENICE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Beyond Baroque, one of the nation’s leading independent Literary Arts Centers, is planning a year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary in 2018. Guided by the nonprofit’s Executive Director, Richard Modiano, and council of prominent artist-curators, a program of activities commencing January 1, 2018, will take place at Beyond Baroque’s Venice location and in venues throughout Los Angeles.
“Beyond Baroque has an incredible record of cultivating some of the most innovative and widely influential literature and art to come out of Los Angeles over the past 50 years,” said Modiano. “We aim to nurture the next 50 years of cutting-edge Los Angeles poetry, literature, and art.”
Special features of Beyond Baroque’s 50th Anniversary will include:
• The commissioning of new works for performance and publication from major writers and rising stars in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.
• A series of public dialogs between poets and prominent artists, performers, community leaders, and thinkers on the intersection of poetry and culture.
• The selection of diverse guest curators to organize a major festival of multidisciplinary artistic events and community gatherings at Beyond Baroque and in neighborhoods all over Los Angeles, spotlighting the many literary and artistic communities that make LA one of the world’s richest cultural centers.
• Appearances and performances by prominent Beyond Baroque alumni and friends.
The Center’s busy calendar of events will showcase Beyond Baroque’s extensive roster of talent as well as exciting new voices drawn from Los Angeles’ diverse literary communities. The celebrations will be highlighted by Beyond Baroque’s 50th anniversary gala in November 2018, at which honors will be awarded recognizing the achievements of selected poets, writers and artists.