Humanities MLF program

Member-Led Forums

Member-led Forums (MLFs) are a volunteer-driven division of Commonwealth Club programming. These diverse and timely programs cover a wide range of topics on an ongoing basis throughout the year. They range from large events to intimate discussions with speakers, from art shows and restaurant visits to book discussion groups. MLFs are volunteer-run, organized by Club members who coordinate programs within specific areas of interest.

To view upcoming MLF programs, scroll down to view programs from all of the MLFs or use the drop-down menu below to select an individual forum.

If you would like to help plan or produce a Club program, click here to contact the appropriate MLF Chair.


The Arts Forum convenes Commonwealth Club members and participants in arts-related communities to learn about and appreciate the current interests of diverse artists and arts leaders, and also curates art exhibits at The Commonwealth Club.

For a list of current art exhibits at the Club, please visit our exhibits page.

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Dr. Anne W. Smith is a retired arts professor and an arts educator consultant recognized as a leader in the field of arts administration in a variety of roles, including advocate, arts professional, planning and organizational development consultant, and serving a variety of interests nationally and internationally. She was a long-term professor of arts management and arts at Golden Gate University. She is currently a trustee and secretary for Theatre Bay Area, chair of the Fountain Project Foundation, and Arts Forum co-chair of The Commonwealth Club of California, among other volunteer activities.
Forum Chair Name
Anne W. Smith
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Lynn Curtis is co-chair and curator of the Arts Forum. She oversees the selection of art for the Club’s Farmer Gallery. Exhibitions rotate every two to three months, and the artists selected come from the wider Bay Area. Curtis is a lifelong artist, creating and exhibiting paintings for over 40 years. In the last 10 years, she has widened her medium to include printmaking, an exciting process, which has resulted in new directions in her work. Her background includes years of gallery and exhibition management, including mounting international and national competitions.
Forum Chair Name
Lynn Curtis