Our View: A conversation about art in Modesto

The arts are alive and well in Modesto. We have our beautiful Gallo Center for the Arts, and the stately State Theatre, but we also have the ongoing phenomenon known as MoBand, a vibrant symphony, a poetry slam, a wide variety of talented painters, opera, actors, a famous sculptor and even one of the world’s most innovative quiltmakers.

But in many communities, arts organizations are forced to choose between offering access to a large number of participants and striving for even a modicum of excellence. The James Irvine Foundation and the Zócalo Public Square will host a symposium tonight to discuss how organizations and communities can make these choices and balance the needs of both.

Among the guests will be MoBand director George Gardner, singer-guitarist Patty Castillo Davis and street-corner singer Dellanora Green. Bee Editor Joseph Kieta will moderate the discussion, which begins at 5:30 p.m. at the McHenry Museum, 1402 I St. See you there.