Art, History & Culture Day

The LMC cohort enjoyed a full day of art, history, and culture on Friday, July 23, 2021. Gems included a visit to the Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Central Coast’s premier performing arts organization, complete with a visit on stage where we got to see from a different perspective the 718 seated auditorium and learned about its rich history and influence on local, national, and international artisans. The cohort walked several streets admiring Carmel’s temporary exhibit, “The Heart of Carmel”. The 3D fiberglass hearts spread throughout Carmel Village were painted by select artists and will be auctioned off to benefit local philanthropic efforts. At the Carmel Art Association, founded in 1927, Carmel’s oldest gallery, the group saw the works of more than 100 professional local artists. The pieces are for sale and the exhibitions change monthly. Next up was a meet and greet at the “Carmel Shell”, a mural located on the corner of Mission Street and Sixth Avenue, that honors the town’s heritage as an arts colony, and where the artist, Marie-Clare Treseder Gorham, shared her vision of solidarity in the Village. The cohort next made its way to the National Steinbeck Center where they were inspired by the exhibits that showcase John’s dedication to the human condition. The cohort finished the day with a truly historic view at the Monterey County Historical Society where the artifacts, tapestries, and buildings tell a deep story. We are grateful to all the hosts who are passionate about their organizations and who so willingly share of their knowledge.