Join the festivities and celebrate the power of citizen diplomacy in creating a more peaceful world!
Welcoming special guests from Argentina!
We look forward to welcoming a group of visitors from Argentina to our Citizen Diplomacy Celebration. The visitors will be participating in a program about U.S. study abroad programs and higher education. We are thrilled they will be able to join the festivities!
2019 Outstanding Citizen Diplomat
Norman Arikawa is the Assistant Director of Trade Development for the Port of Los Angeles. He is responsible for trade development and port promotion, including coordinating visits for foreign officials. He has arranged discussions at the Port for IVCLA's International Visitor Leadership Program participants on such topics as trade development, port security and environmental initiatives.
Norman has traveled throughout Asia and extensively in Japan where he helped develop a port training program with Japanese ports. He is currently a member of the board of the Los Angeles/Nagoya Sister City Affiliation. He has served on the boards of the Nisei Week Japanese Festival, East/West Players, and the Asian Drug Abuse Program.
Through his work and volunteer spirit, Norman has impacted countless individuals locally and around the world. He is a valuable leader in the L.A. community and IVCLA is honored to acknowledge Norman's civic leadership in building bridges and developing international understanding. Full bio
Los Angeles Department of
2019 Outstanding Resource
The Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment supports L.A.'s Neighborhood Council system. Together, the City's 99 Neighborhood Councils form the grassroots, community-based arm of the Los Angeles municipal government. Neighborhood Councils connect the communities they serve to City Hall, advocating on issues like homelessness, housing, public safety, education, parks and sustainability. Since its inception, the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment has been a valuable resource for IVCLA. By sharing its work to ensure the City of Los Angeles is responsive to the varied needs and lifestyles of its diverse communities, the Department has inspired many of IVCLA's international visitors to seek similar goals in their home countries.
Enjoy live music by Jazz Guitarist Sid Jacobs!
Jazz guitarist, recording artist, composer and instructor Sid Jacobs was the first North American jazz guitarist invited to perform in Argentina's "Guitars of the World" festival in 1998. In 2001 he was invited to perform at the Ankara Music Festival in Turkey. He currently teaches at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. The Musicians Institute prepares graduates for creative and professional careers in the contemporary music industry. Faculty members have met with IVCLA's International Visitors to discuss the music industry.