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PROGRAMS

Brand Library & Art Center provides a wide-range of free visual and performing arts programming, including concerts, art exhibitions, art and music lectures, films,  and dance performances!

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Art Talk Tuesdays
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ART TALK TUESDAY

Art Talk Tuesday is a monthly conversation that invites contemporary artists to discuss their work and the issues surrounding it, followed by a moderated Q&A with Brand staff member, artist, and writer Jennifer Remenchik. Sponsored by the Brand Associates

The next Art Talk Tuesday program featuring Ian James will take place on October 3, 2023 at 7pm. Other Fall 2023 artists include Hayley Barker and Ray Anthony Barrett. 

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ARTFUL CONVERSATIONS

How do we look at art? How do we write a poem about a painting or sculpture? What are we looking for to help us understand? ARTful Conversations, a new program by Brand Associates, brings the community together in a collaborative workshop to learn about art history and the ease of writing poetry inspired by the art. 

During these workshops, art historian Valerie Taylor and poet Tina Demirdjian educate and engage participants to explore, discover, and develop a personal connection to exhibits in Brand's Gallery. Learn art history relating to the current exhibit and then write a poem inspired by the artwork.

Upcoming dates: Wednesday, October 4, 2023; Wednesday, November 8, 2023; Thursday, December 14, 2023; Thursday, January 25, 2024

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GALLERY

The Brand Gallery hosts diverse contemporary art exhibitions every year. For each exhibition, we offer an array of programming that can include artist talks, panel discussions, curator-led tours, film screenings, poetry readings, and art workshops.

Go to Exhibitions

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MAKE IT!

This hands-on crafts program for all ages gives participants a chance to express themselves! Each program is limited to 25 participants. Programs are held in the Brand Library Courtyard. Sponsored by the Brand Associates

 

Please check back for when Make It! Program will resume.

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IN THE BAG

Brand Library's Learning Kit Lending Program!

 Each kit has everything you need to learn a new hobby. Kits include crochet, knitting, guitar, ukulele, drawing, and a hiking kit so you can get out and let nature inspire your creativity!

 

Kits can be checked out by teen and adult library card holders for eight weeks with one renewal. Stop by or call Brand Library at 818.548.2051 for more information.  

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DANCE

The Dance Series presents top dance companies from Southern California performing site specific work in non-traditional performance spaces around Brand Library each Spring. The series is sponsored by the Brand Associates.

 

The 2023 season has concluded included performances by Megill & Company, Psychopomp Dance Theater, Kenneth Walker Dance Project (KWDP), and Bernard Brown/bbmoves.

Applications for the 2024 Season are now open.

Past Programs:

2014      2015       2017       2018       2019       2021     2022

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MUSIC ANIMATED

With Music Animated, local musicians make music come alive in these interactive programs! Sponsored by the Brand Associates

The next Music Animated program will take place on September 16 and feature Kazan Taiko.

Past programs have included: Honolulu Avenue Strummers, Kazan Taiko, the California Philharmonic Orchestra, and Sounds of Ancient Mexico.

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MUSIC SERIES

The acclaimed Music Series presents top musicians from Southern California playing chamber music in the Brand Recital Hall. All concerts will take place on Thursday evenings at 7pm.

 

The Fall 2023 schedule will include ACE Trio on October 5, Ensemble Flame on October 19 and the new duo of Daniel Miles & Cameron Akioka on November 9. 

The Music Series is sponsored by the Brand Associates.

 

Past Programs:

2015       2016       2017       2018       2019 

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The Summer Music Series presents eclectic live music located at Brand Library & Art Center. Concert attendees often bring their own chairs and picnic amenities and sit on the grassy hill. 

View the 2023 lineup.

Past Programs:

2014    2015    2016    2017    2018    2019    2021

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DOCENT TOURS

Brand Associates members Joemy Wilson and Jackie Davis share the fascinating story of the Brand family and their historic home that is now Brand Library & Art Center. Tours are free, but RSVPs are required.

 

Docent tours are currently not available. 

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REEL ART Film Series

REEL ART features critically acclaimed independent films that explore the arts, with special guests on hand to lead post-screening discussions. The film series is run by the Brand Associates.

The next REEL ART program will take place on October 12, 2023 at 6pm featuring Salt of the Earth. This visually stunning look at the life and work of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado discusses his forty years of documenting societies in hidden corners of the world. A lively post-film discussion will include contemporary photographers Ara Oshagan and Ken Marchionno.

Dance
Docent Tours
Summe Music
Gallery
Make it!
In the Bag
Animated
Music Series
ARTful Conversations
Reel Art
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