The primary mission of the American Latvian Artists' Association, ALMA, is to promote and maintain an active network of artists and scholars of Latvian heritage and their supporters in North America. ALMA supports the professional development and exhibitions of its members and works to preserve Latvian art. The American Latvian Artists' Association maintains professional contact with the arts community in Latvia and develops working relationships with other international arts organizations.
Current Events // "Saiets 2013"
American Latvian Artists' Association Annual Conference,
September 27 - 29th 2013 in Elka Park, New York
(Latvian Lutheran Camp, 231 Greenhill Camp, Elka Park, NY)
Linda Treija, the current ALMA president, sincerely invites American Latvian Artists’ Association members, their guests and Latvian American artists who wish to meet other Latvian American artists, participate in lively discussions about creative processes, and learn more about the current Latvian art scene in the USA and Latvia to attend our annual conference week-end in the Catskill Mountains.
This year we welcome as our two main speakers Peteris Dajevskis and Signe Baumane, both highly regarded professionals in their fields. Dajevskis, son of scenography legend Evalds Dajevskis, recently curated a major traveling exhibition of his late father’s work. Using this show as a springboard for discussion, P. Dajevskis will examine how intellectually, emotionally and spiritually astute artists interpret history for their viewers, and explore the new technology employed by curators who wish to successfully guide new audiences back to those primary experiences. Veteran animator Baumane never hesitates to delve deep into complex topics in her animation classics. Baumane will be bringing her brand new 2013 film “Rocks in my Pockets” for us to view, followed by a discussion about the film’s psychological subject matter with the creative force behind it all!
The theme of this year’s Saturday night festivities is "theater, art & animation heros." If you like, please bring along a recent work of your art to display in our annual on-site show. Meals are provided for a very reasonable fee on Saturday and Sunday. Lodging is also available for a fee for Friday and Saturday nights. Although most of the lectures and the annual meeting is conducted in Latvian, visual materials have no language barriers and everyone is accommodating of our members and guests who may feel more comfortable asking questions and adding comments in English.