Our mission is to support artists by providing 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.
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…
Since early 2013, Art Share L.A. has become the creative art center that is preserving arts in the Arts District. We are open to the public Wednesday – Sunday from 1:00 – 6:00PM and most evenings for performances starting at 7:00PM. Stop by to see our latest gallery show or to visit with one of our many studio artists.
If you are an artist, we encourage you to submit your works during one of our two submissions each year – October & April. If you are an art appreciator, check out our events program and stop in for one of our many concerts, spoken work or script reading events. All are open to the public and most are affordable or free!
See you at Art Share!
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.
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.
Dave Hunt (Started July 1, 2015) – Vice President
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.
Samantha Martin – Secretary
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. (Started July 1, 2015)
Eric Needleman – Treasurer
Eric is a principal in the Spirited Group, a hospitality company that owns & operates venues throughout the Western United States. Based in Los Angeles, the company has 15 venues locally with additional locations in San Diego, CA and Austin, TX. Eric began in the hospitality industry in 2004, with his investment in the Golden Gopher. He then partnered to open Seven Grand in 2007, a bar that is largely credited with establishing the cocktail renaissance in Los Angeles, and Caña Rum Bar in 2009, which specializes in small batch rum and classic rum cocktails. The Spirited Group was founded in 2010. (Started July 1, 2015)
Pam is the Director of Finance at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. She is a current resident of the vibrant Downtown LA’s Historic Core. With over twenty years of nonprofit experience, Pam is passionate about connecting the community with much needed resources and services. Pam values keeping in touch with the art community and, toward that end, founded and curates a Street Art and Graffiti gallery on Instagram. See her work at @graffcatz on Instagram. (July 1, 2016)
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. (Started July 1, 2015)
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.
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. (Started June 1, 2015)
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. (Started July 1, 2014)
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/
Cheyanne Sauter – Executive Director – email@example.com
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Secoquian – Program/Gallery Coordinator – email@example.com
Liz Carranza – Gallery Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Ellsworth – Ambassador Extraordinaire – email@example.com