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Biennial Welcome

8:00 - 9:00 AM | Outside McNichols Building

Join us in kicking off the Biennial of the Americas 2019 Festival! We invite the press, our sponsors, partners and international guests to join us for a few words of welcome, gratitude and a preview of our exciting line-up of events as we launch the 2019 Festival! Hear our CEO, Erin Trapp and get excited because 2019 Biennial Festival has begun!


CLínica #1: How to Build a Better World: Teaching Empathy Inside and Outside of the Classroom

9:00 - 11:00 AM | McNichols Building
FREE (register below)

The importance of empathy as a social emotional skill has widely become recognized as a competency necessary for educating youth that has implications beyond the classroom environment. This session will explore the benefits and opportunities to educate with empathy that span beyond the classroom, leading to stronger communities, broader social emotional intelligence in youth and cultivating future leadership. 

SPEAKERS:

Thank you to our local partners and committee members:

Bill de la Cruz, Brooke Jones, Denise Thorne, Ellen Braun, Erin Porteous, Karina Delaney, Liz Drogin, Lorii Rabinowitz, Markus Hunt, Michele Willingham, Rachelle Stubby, Van Schoales and Erin Huizenga.


Clínica #2: Bringing Empathy Home: Housing Innovations from Abroad

9:00 - 11:00 AM | McNichols Building
FREE (register below)

Housing challenges are abundant in both large and small cities across the Americas; in the United States, rising rent, gentrification and population growth are devastating communities. This session will highlight how innovative housing models can bring diverse and inclusive housing solutions. Hear from speakers who are pioneering creative placemaking and represent organizations that are building thriving communities.

SPEAKERS:

Thank you to our local partners and committee members:

Amy Cara, Andrew Klein, Camryn Walton, Joanna Cintron, Jonathan Cappelli, Mark Falcone, Randy Thelen, Renee Martinez-Stone, Rick Garcia, Ryan Schrier, Sarah Franklin, Shannon Joern, Susan Powers, and Jennifer Newcomer.


FQ Lounge

11 AM - 2 PM | McNichols Building

FREE

The FQ Lounge will be a place for connection and reprieve during the festival to connect with our featured speakers and local community leaders. Located on the 1st Floor of the McNichols Civic Center Building, this free gathering space will bring together leaders, feature unique pop-up experiences and offer professional development sessions. Powered by collaboration, The Female Quotient, is a destination-turned-movement and has become the largest global community of women in business working together to transform workplace culture. The Lounge will be open from Wednesday through Friday. Stay tuned for more details!


Clínica #3: Art: An Empathy Movement

2:00 - 4:00 PM | McNichols Building
FREE (register below)

Join us as we explore how artists are employing the transformative power of art to cultivate empathy and encourage civil discourse. The artistic works of our panelists Adriana Ramírez and Carlos Martiel will be featured during the Biennial of the Americas 2019 Festival curated by Marisa Caichiolo.  

SPEAKERS:

Thank you to our local partners and committee members:

Ana Valles, Benita Duran, Christin Crampton Day, Claudia Moran, David Dadone, Deborah Jordy, Elaine Torres, Erika Osborne, Erin Willer, Eyal Namordi, Gary Steuer, Heather Nielsen, Kendra Ingram, Louise Martorano, Lydia Hooper, Malik Robinson, Marissa Volpe, Meredith Badler, Michael Chavez, Moe Gram, Rachel Bayse, Sarah Baie, Stephanie Rance, Suzi Q. Smith and Theodore Gerbick.


Clínica #4: Turning off the Ignition: Discussions on Mobility and Access Equity 

2:00 - 4:00 PM | McNichols Building
FREE (register below)

Transportation equity is one of the most complicated issues faced by city-planners and policy-makers today. Hear from leaders in academia, activism and policy discuss how they are catalyzing mobility and access solutions rooted in equity, by broadening the conversation on transportation and focusing on human-centered solutions. 

SPEAKERS:

Thank you to our local partners and committee members:

Adrian Mabry, Angela Kyle, Brad Ann Rajewski, Celeste Stragan, Cindy Chang, Deya Zavala, Gabe Cohen, James Waddell, Julie Reiskin, Kate Williams, Katherine Correll, Matthew Izeo, Morgan Lommele, Pete Piccolo, Piep van Heuven, Sophie Shulman, Stuart Anderson, and Sue Baldwin.


Power In MigratioN: The Challenges & Opportunities for U.S. Global Competitiveness

4:30 - 6:30 PM | McNichols Building
FREE (register below)

The Latino Leadership Institute is proud to partner with The Center for American Progress and the George W. Bush Institute to present a discussion about migration management efforts and the United States’ economic competitiveness. The symposium will emphasize how to get migration right in the Americas, the importance of the role immigrants play in the U.S. economy, and why it matters as a national and regional interest along with our standing in the global economy. It will focus on the real challenges - and opportunities - of migration, highlighting the drivers of today’s migration in the Americas, and explain the economic growth opportunities of properly understood and managed migration. The urgency and importance of this topic are undeniable. We are at a crucial point and bigger solutions are needed. 

SPEAKERS:


Latin Beats: sonidos de las amÉricas

7:00 - 9:00 PM | Colorado Symphony Orchestra
FREE (Click here for ticket info)

The third annual Latin Beats: Sonidos de las Am éricas at Boettcher Concert Hall on September 25, 2019 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

In partnership with the Mexican Cultural Center, the Colorado Symphony and Denver Arts & Venues, this unique, free concert celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and Latin culture’s influence on sound in the Americas, showcasing a fusion of traditional, classical, and contemporary music augmented by the Colorado Symphony’s soaring orchestrations. The performance will be conducted by Colorado Symphony Assistant Conductor Bertie Baigent. 

This event is a free community concert. Tickets for this performance are available Thursday, September 12 at 8:00 a.m. online or in-person at the Colorado Symphony Box Office. All seating is general admission and a ticket does not guarantee a seat.

Featured Artists

  • Bertie Baigent, Conductor

  • Las Dahlias

  • Silva de Alegría

  • Raúl Pacheco and Asdrubal Sierra of Ozomatli

  • Banda Fiebre del Sabor