About the Forum
OUR PRIMARY VENUE is the Saint Helena Performing Arts Center, a state-of-the-art, 360 seat house with a warmth and intimacy that reflects the historic ambience of Saint Helena. The main hall has a 45 by 18-foot proscenium with undulating cheek walls, orchestra pit, extensive cat-walk grid and a sound distribution system that allows the chamber to be acoustically tuned. With a nod to the past, the half century old seats from the former auditorium have been restored, reupholstered and reinstalled.
THE SAINT HELENA FORUM FOR INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY, a 501(c)3 educational non-profit, is produced entirely by volunteers drawn from a cross section of Napa Valley residents representing our seniors, young professionals, elected officials, educators, film makers, business owners, artists and musicians. Engaging our entire community to join in the volunteer effort to produce the Forum is both our challenge and vision.
THE FORUM'S AGENDAS are structured to tell a story, with each speaker adding a chapter to an overall creative take on the Forum's chosen theme. Our guest speakers are selected for their accomplishments, communication skills and creative thinking. We clearly communicate the purpose, topic and vision for the event in advance conversations with our speakers. We hope our guest speakers will open minds and inspire the audience to continue conversations with friends and colleagues well after the Forum has adjourned.