APA's 2019 National Planning Conference is proud to present an opening keynote speaker who embodies APA’s mission of Creating Great Communities for All.
Vijay Gupta’s life’s work is to make music accessible to all, and he'll share his passion with planners on Saturday, April 13, beginning at 8:30 a.m. CM | 1
Gupta, an advocate for the role of the arts and music to heal, inspire, provoke change, and foster social connection, was raised in a home filled with music. "Music was that place of respite, but it was also a place of service," he explained.
In 2007, when he was 19, Gupta moved from New York to join the Los Angeles Philharmonic, bringing the notion of service through music with him. In 2011, he founded the Street Symphony, where he continues to provide musical enrichment to foster social connection and offer support to homeless, incarcerated, and other under-resourced communities in Los Angeles.
Gupta left the Philharmonic in 2018 and currently serves as artistic director of Street Symphony full time.
Recognized for his “dedication to bringing beauty, respite, and purpose to those all too often ignored by society while demonstrating the capacity of music to validate our shared humanity,” Vijay Gupta is a 2018 recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship (also known as a "genius grant").
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Top image: Photo courtesy Vijay Gupta's Facebook page.
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