Mission

Our mission is to support artists by providing them a creative environment for them to reside, develop, perform and exhibit.  Art Share L.A. inspires artists and provides connection to the community for shared benefit.  We maintain a 28,000 sq-ft warehouse in the heart of the arts district.  Upstairs, we provide 30 subsidized live/work lofts for artists. Downstairs, we have a community programmed facility offering classes, exhibitions and events.

History

FOUNDED: 1997

BUILDING DETAILS & HISTORY:

In 1912, the lot was a single family residential home. The property was bought in 1928 and a 28,800 square foot, 2-story textile recycling (“rag shop”) was constructed.

During the mid-80’s the area surrounding this warehouse, now called the Arts District, experienced a major influx of artists who sought the large, open, industrial spaces for creative purposes. This trend continued throughout the 90’s and with the increasing interest in loft-living came a drastic increase in property value.

In 1997, the building was purchased and Art Share L.A. was born. The top floor was converted into 30 affordable micro-loft live/work spaces with a large common room. Part of the roof was removed to allow for natural light, and to create an outdoor patio area—complete with koi pond. The bottom floor was compartmentalized into a theater, gallery, painting studio and office with 3 additional multi-purpose classrooms. Remnants of the industrial era are still present at Art Share—brick walls, wooden support beams, sliding freight doors and old train tracks in our alley…

 

CURRENT PROGRAMMING:

Since early 2013, Art Share L.A. has become the creative art center that is preserving arts in the Arts District.  As the neighborhood continues to grow and new developments pop-up, our organization stays committed to giving access to work space, studio space, performance and exhibition space.

Our building propels our mission and artists are free create their vision within our space.

 

PROGRAMMING HISTORY:

Art Share L.A. was founded as a community arts center and affordable housing complex during a time when inner-city arts programming was non-existent and artists were being displaced by the skyrocketing property value and rent increases. The average rental rate for a loft in 1990 was $0.25cents/square foot – today, the average rental rate is pushing $1.35/square foot.

At the turn of the century, Art Share flourished as an after-school arts center for youth ages 12-18, and experienced tremendous success shaping student lives through exposure to the arts. Following the 2008 recession, the non-profit landscape and demographics of the neighborhood had both changed drastically, and Art Share found itself in dire need of programmatic reassessment and building repair.

The summer of 2012 was a revolutionary period for Art Share, in which we re-opened our doors and re-launched our programs. The organization underwent a strategic rebranding and assessment, with help from our neighbors at brand consulting firm Innovation Protocol, and new board members and new managing staff joined the team. The building’s exterior received a killer paint job with help from international street artist, INSA—transforming the space into a vibrant downtown landmark. In addition, that summer Art Share hosted the largest community exhibition the gallery had ever seen. Entitled “25 Cents a Square Foot”, the show involved over 100 pieces that told the story of the Arts District.

Board Members

Kevin Rodin – President
Kevin Rodin has worked in the Arts District for most of the last five years as a developer of innovative and sustainable affordable housing. He has been working in nonprofits and nonprofit management for over ten years.  He currently is Vice President of Development at the Michaels Organization, the nation’s largest affordable housing development company, where he runs the largest active public housing redevelopment west of the Mississippi.  Music is his thing.

Mark Walsh – Secretary
Mark Walsh has lived and worked in the Arts District since 1987 as a sculptor and freelance designer. He owns the Downtown Artist Space, which rents out workspace and tools. He also produces web videos that promote the arts in Los Angeles.

Mona Lee – Treasurer
Mona has been a resident of the Arts District since the early 90’s and has seen the gentrification of our neighborhood.  She has been a long time supporter of artists their works.  Mona joined the board to further that involvement.

Tanner Blackman (Started July 1, 2015)
Tanner Blackman is a partner at Kindel Gagan Public Affairs Advocacy and an adjunct instructor of urban planning at USC’s Price School of Public Policy.  He has previously worked as Planning Director of LA’s Council District 14, a lecturer at the Future Initiatives Program (SCIFI) at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and an urban planner for the City of LA – where he led efforts to end Los Angeles’ Mural Moratorium.  Tanner is a board member of the Do Art Foundation, serves on the Exhibits Committee of the Architecture & Design Museum (A+D), and advises various non-profit arts organizations. 

Dave Hunt (Started July 1, 2015)
Dave Hunt is president and founder of DG Hunt & Associates, an art consulting and project management firm specializing in large scale art-in-architecture programs.  With a background in design and architecture, his practice is rooted in the cultivation of relationships and collaborations between the “art world” and the “real world”.  Over the years he has worked with a wide range of artists, architects, developers, and public art organizations throughout Southern California and beyond, but his primary focus continues to be in the arts and business communities of downtown LA.    

Daniel Lisi (Started June 1, 2015)
Daniel is the CEO of Game Over, an independent video game development studio. Lisi produces a range of literary events, gallery exhibits, and film projects in Los Angeles. He is the author of World of Warcraft, a book on the social and cultural effects of the online game World of Warcraft. 

Samantha Martin (Started July 1, 2015)
Samantha is the Marketing Director for CBRE Southern California where she oversees a team of 30 creatives who support nearly a half billion dollars of revenue. Previously, she served as an Operations and Sales Manager where she led business planning and development. Sam continues to focus on joining the science of business with the art of marketing to develop winning strategies. 

Tara Thomas
Tara Thomas is the owner of Traxx Restaurant inside Union Station and an avid collector of contemporary art. Prior to Traxx, she owned 410 Boyd, a restaurant that was a legendary haven for artists to congregate, eat, drink and make merry. Tara has lived and worked in Downtown Los Angeles since 1992 and never plans to leave.

Advisory Board

Rick Robinson – Former President
Rick Robinson is a fine artist and advertising professional.  His has been a deeply immersed citizen of the LA Arts District since 1992, working with community-based groups from the start.  He is the outgoing Art Share Board President, having served since 2012.  His current professional assignment is that of Chief Strategy Officer for Billups – http://billupsww.com/.  You can see his artwork at http://primitivepop.net/

The Team

Cheyanne Sauter – Executive Director – cheyanne@artsharela.org
Cheyanne has been a nonprofit professional for over 15 years.  In early 2000, she was a part of the creation of the Gallery Row Organization which birthed the Downtown Art Walk.  Her expertise are in program development, fundraising and building relationships.  January 1, 2014 was Cheyanne’s first official day at Art Share L.A., but she has been committed and working with the organization since early 2013.

John Jason – Events Manager – john@artsharela.org

Kim Secoquin – Program/Gallery Coordinator – kim@artsharela.org

Liz Carranza – Gallery Coordinator – liz@artsharela.org

Terry Ellsworth – Ambassador Extraordinaire – info@artsharela.org