Oct 192014

Adolfo V. Nodal was born in Guaos, Cuba in 1950, and received a B.A. in Art from Florida State University in Tallahassee, an M.A.in Contemporary Art by California State University at San Francisco. He has since served as Executive Director of contemporary arts institutions in Washington, DC. (Washington Project for the Arts, 1978-83), Los Angeles (Otis Parsons School of Art Exhibition Center, 1983-87) and New Orleans (Contemporary Arts Center, 1988), as trustee (Americans For The Arts, and the National Assembly Of Local Arts Agencies (NALAA), among others) and as a founding member (National Association of Artists Organizations, LA Works, LA Shares (Materials for the Arts), and the Border Council of Arts and Culture (COFAC)-Casa del Túnel, in the U.S.-Mexico border). Mr. Nodal has received numerous honors, including The Mayor’s Art Award for Washington DC (1981) and a Presidential Citation for Community Service HUD (1987), and is the author of two books: ‘MacArthur Park: How The Arts Made A Difference’ (1990) on the role of art in community development, and ‘Cuban art, ‘Memoria: Cuban Art of the 20th Century,’ a major reference volume for Cuban art..

Mr. Nodal held the position of General Manager of the City of Los Angeles’ Cultural Affairs Department in 1988-2001. With the help of the City Council, he developed the L A. Endowment for the Arts and master-plans for both the arts and cultural heritage. He launched arts celebrations and festivals, fueled a cultural grants program, and carried out the restoration of the city’s historic Art Deco neon and electric signs, and instituted a program to name traffic squares after prominent artists, among many other achievements. Since leaving LACAD, Nodal has served as President for the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commision, President of the LA Sister City Association, and General Manager for the Metabolic Studio/Farmlab LLC, an environmental art space..

Throughout his career, Adolfo V. Nodal has championed programs to benefit individual artists as well as the arts in connection with civic issues, like education and public safety. All the while, he has remained committed to his national heritage: he is founder and co-chairman of the Presencia Cubana festival that takes place annually in Los Angeles to celebrate the Cuban heritage in the region. He also works in the area of cultural development and political evolution of his native Cuba. In 2004 Mr. Nodal established an exhibition service in the town of San Pedro, in Cuba, and opened a licensed company to provide Cultural, Humanitarian and Religious missions to Cuba. Having spent part of his childhood in Hialeah, Mr. Nodal very much looks forward to giving back to the city that welcomed him and his family in the United States..

George Yudice is a cultural theorist, professor at the University of Miami, and author of numerous books and over a hundred articles on cultural policy, the role if intellectuals, artists and activists in national and transnational institutions, and arts and culture in the U.S. and in Latin America. He has directed the Privatization of Culture Project for Research on Cultural Policy and the Inter-American Cultural Studies Network, whose purpose is to engage scholars, intellectuals, activists and artists in North-South dialogue on the role of cultural work in furthering citizen participation in aesthetic, political, social, and economic matters. George Yudice is affiliated with the Center for Arts and Culture in Washington D.C., and is or has been a consultant for the U.S.-Mexico Fund for Culture; the Mexican President’s Council for Culture and Art; the Associação Internacional Arte Sem Fronteiras-São Paulo; the Brazilian Ministry of Culture; UNESCO; the Asociación Cultural InCorpore, Costa Rica; the Costa Rican Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport; the Salvadoran President’s Council for Culture and Art; the UNDP, El Salvador; and several other organizations. He has been an editor of the journal Social Text and is currently an advisory editor for Cultural Studies, Found Object, and Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies.

Obá Ernesto Pichardo