Steven D. Lavine has been president of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) since 1988. CalArts’ most recent addition is the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), a center for innovative visual, performing and media arts, located in the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles. Steven is a leader in the cultural life of Los Angeles as well as nationally.
Steven currently serves on the Board of Directors of Endowments Inc., KCRW-FM National Public Radio, the Cotsen Family Foundation and Villa Aurora Foundation for European-American Relations; as Co-Chair of the Arts Coalition for Academic Progress for the Los Angeles Unified School District; and on the Advisory Committees for the Asia Society California Center and the Cultural Policy Network Project of the Center for Arts and Culture; and as a member of the Public Programs Committee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, the Operating Company of the Music Center of Los Angeles, KCET-Public Broadcasting, Arts International, Inc., and the American Council for the Arts; and as a member of the Visiting Committee of the J. Paul Getty Museum. Steven has also been Co-Director of the Arts and Government Program for the American Assembly at Columbia University and Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Working Group of the Los Angeles Theatre Center. He participated on the Architectural Selection Juries for the new Los Angeles Cathedral and the Los Angeles Children’s Museum. In 1991, he co-edited with Ivan Karp, Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display; in 1992, the Smithsonian Institution Press released their second co-edited volume, Museums and Communities: The Politics of Public Culture.