Presentation to address creating citizens through the arts |

Presentation to address creating citizens through the arts

Bud Werner Memorial Library and Strings Music Festival present a free lunchtime talk with violinist Vijay Gupta, a TED Senior Fellow and featured 2016 Strings Music Festival musician. Gupta will give a talk, “Creating Citizens through the Arts,” at noon Wednesday, June 29 in Library Hall.

Gupta joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2007 at the age of 19. He founded and serves as artistic director for Street Symphony, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing music to people living in homelessness and incarceration.

A gifted spokesperson for human and mental health advocacy through a musical medium, Gupta’s TED talks include “Music Is Medicine,” “Music Is Sanity” and “Between Music and Medicine.”

A passionate and dedicated advocate for the presence of music in ostracized communities, he is passionate about education and outreach for mental health issues and has the privilege of working with Nathaniel Ayers, the brilliant, schizophrenic musician featured in “The Soloist,” as his violin teacher. For more information, visit

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