Categories: 2017 Season INSPIRE, The FORUM, Vanguard Culture Events


An evening of great conversation, delicious food, and creative networking. This event addressed the creative and intellectual nature of inspiration in the visual, performing, and culinary arts. Hosted by WILL MARRÉ, Acclaimed Speaker, Moderator, Educator, Author, & Emmy® winner. Co-founder and former president of the Covey Leadership Center which brought The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to millions worldwide. 8 Creative Industry Leaders were tasked with answering the question: “What Inspires You?” in the rapid-fire presentation style of 20 slides @ 20 seconds each.

Featured speakers:

16:44 – Deborah Klochko – Executive Director & Chief Curator of Museum of Photographic Arts
28:56 – David Bennett – Managing Director of the San Diego Opera
41:04 – Debra McGinty Poteet – prolific local art collector
54:30 – Peter Kalivas – Executive Director of the PGK Dance Project
1:08:21 – Ingrid Croce – Visual Artist, Arts Advocate & Restauranteur
1:21:20 – Maxine Mahon – Executive Director of the California Ballet Company
1:33:30 – Thierry Brouard, Co-founder of Premium Paris & Internationally recognized French fashion photographer
1:46:43 – Roxana Velasquez, Executive Director of the San Diego Museum of Art

Video Production by !ZeuqsaV! –

Pre-show Mixer: Creative Industry Professionals were offered an hour of pre-show engagement activities themed around the question of the evening: “What Inspires YOU?” Featuring 4 Delicious Chef Stations presented by The O Xperience, Music & Curated Visuals by Xavier Vasquez aka !ZeuqsaV! Wine Tastings by Baja Wine + Food, and 6 INSPIRE-themed Engagement Activities. Ticket included one beverage, and complimentary admission to the MOPA’s exhibition Point/Counterpoint: Contemporary Mexican Photography 2000-2015. Experiences included:

  • Be Inspired by What You Can Accomplish in Vanguard Culture’s Virtual Reality Room.

  • Create Your Own Piece of Inspirational Poetry at Ingrid Croce Art’s Haiku Station.

  • Take Home a Psychic Drawing Inspired by Your Reading with Crystal Daigle.

  • Add Your Inspired Movement to a Live-Video-Dance Compilation by The PGK Project.

  • Join The Artist Odyssey in Sending a Video Collage Shout-Out to our Elected Officials – Inspiring them to Support the Arts.

  • Experience the Artist’s Perspective & See Works of Art Come to Life at San Diego Museum of Art’s Augmented Reality Station.

Featured Executive Chefs:

Chef Danilo Tangalan – Bivouac Ciderworks
Chef Stevan Novoa – NV Personal Dining

Featured Emerging Chefs:
Cooper Shaffer – Cucina Urbana
Austin Kernes – PB Ale House Kitchen & Brewery

INSPIRE kicked off Vanguard Culture’s 5th Anniversary Season and is the beginning of a new chapter of programming in support of our mission to create arts jobs, bring diverse communities together, and inspire collaboration among industry professionals from the visual, performing, and culinary arts.

Vanguard Culture

Vanguard Culture is an online media entity designed for culturally savvy, socially conscious individuals. We provide original interviews and reviews of the people, places, and events that make up San Diego’s thriving arts and culture community, as well as curated snapshots of the week’s best, most inspiring and unique cultural and culinary events. We believe in making a difference in the world, supporting San Diego’s vibrant visual and performing arts community and bringing awareness to important social and community causes.