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Sunday Newcomers Reception

This casual event for first-time conference attendees will provide a quick overview of conference events to help you get the most out of your conference experience. You will also have the opportunity to meet GIA’s board members and staff. The reception will be held in the finely detailed Bernard’s, formerly used as a five-star venue for dinner and dancing. The conference opening reception will follow immediately after.

Sunday Opening Reception

The Opening Reception will take place Sunday evening in the exquisite Galeria Gold Ballroom at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. The intricately designed 11-story hotel opened in 1923 to national acclaim as the largest hotel west of Chicago. It has been the setting of such historic events as the first banquet of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science in 1927 and The Beatles’ famous helicopter landing on its roof to escape crowds of fans in 1964. In 1969, the Biltmore was designated as a Historical Cultural Landmark by the City of Los Angeles.


Monday Dine-Arounds

Taking advantage of being in downtown Los Angeles, this year’s Dine-Arounds will include a wonderful variety of cuisines and experiences. Led by local GIA members, these no-host, informal dinners offer a chance to socialize with colleagues and experience vibrant diversity of LA and its food scene. Some will include visits to cultural venues, while others will be a stroll through a distinct neighborhood followed by a dinner at a local hot spot, along with recommendations for where to get a nightcap. Signup will be onsite at conference registration on Monday. Participation is first-come, first-served. The Dine-Arounds for the LA Conference have been coordinated by Matty Wilder, The Herb Alpert Foundation.

Find your group at 6:30pm in the lobby. Departure will begin as soon as groups can gather.


Tuesday Evening Dinner at MOCA

On Tuesday evening, conference attendees will visit The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles. Founded in 1979 by a small group of private citizens, MOCA has been the only museum in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to contemporary art. The museum’s elegant sandstone venue opened to international critical and public acclaim in 1986, and will serve as the setting for our Tuesday evening dinner. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the current exhibits.

Following the reception, you may consider exploring the cultural offerings of downtown Los Angeles. As a starting point, visit the websites for the The Music Center and LA Tourism & Convention Board.

Discover Los Angeles

Our Southern California GIA members have prepared a website just to help you enjoy the city and all its offerings. Check it out here.