FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wicks Walker, Board of Directors, Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk
Bonnie Tseng,Board of Directors, Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk
LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN ART WALK EXPANDS BOARD
AND INITIATES SEARCH FOR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
October 20, 2010 (Los Angeles, CA) — Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, the nonprofit corporation that oversees the popular “Downtown Art Walk” event held each month in Downtown Los Angeles, today announced the addition of four new directors to its Board of Directors. The new directors include:
Qathryn Brehm – Ms. Brehm is a highly-regarded artist and community leader in downtown Los Angeles, having lived and worked there since 1979. Ms. Brehm recently served as Director of Marketing and Community Relations at Central City East Association (a business improvement district in downtown Los Angeles), previously served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles River Arts Business Association, was founder and editor of the LA Downtown Arts District official website (LADAD.com), was a founding member of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Art Share Los Angeles, a non-profit located in the Arts District providing free art classes for at-risk students.
Patti Berman – Ms. Berman currently serves as President of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, and is a resident and long-time supporter of historic downtown Los Angeles in various capacities. Ms. Berman also serves as Secretary of the Park Advisor Board for Pershing Square. She has a BA in Theoretical Mathematics from UCLA, previously toured American nightclubs as a saloon singer and is a licensed scuba instructor.
Peklar Pilavjian – Mr. Pilavjian owns the St. Vincent Jewelry Center located at 7th and Hill Streets in downtown Los Angeles. Mr. Pilavjian has been actively involved in downtown community affairs for many years, having helped to form the Downtown Center Improvement District (DCBID) in 1997 and served as a member since its formation and as its immediate past Chair.
LaTanya Spann – Ms. Spann serves as Property Manager with Gilmore Associates working with residential and commercial properties in the Old Bank District of downtown Los Angeles. Ms. Spann previously worked in brand strategy management for advertising firm McCann Erickson, and brings experience in planning and producing high-end events in Los Angeles, Canada, the Dominican Republic and at the Cannes Film Festival. As a property manager, Ms. Spann is involved in creating and maintaining vibrant urban communities, and she regularly works closely with all key business, community and governmental constituents involved in Downtown Los Angeles.
These new directors join a Board of Directors of the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk that already includes:
David Hernand, a partner of the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Pamela Huntoon, Education Director to Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry whose district encompasses downtown Los Angeles and South Los Angeles, Marc Loge, Director of Public Relations at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, Andre Miripolsky, an internationally-known artist deeply involved in Los Angeles-themed projects and member of the Board of Directors of the Hollywood Arts Council, Bonnie Tseng, Assistant Vice President and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Contributions Officer with City National Bank charged with overseeing their CRA Department’s annual contributions budget and CRA community involvement for California, New York, and Nevada, and Adam “Wicks” Walker, founder and financier of numerous award winning internet, media and music businesses, and collector of many Los Angeles based artists.
“The new members of the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk Board bring experience and ties to the downtown Los Angeles community that will be invaluable to our constituents,” said Chairman David Hernand. He continued, “These individuals are superstars who will bring unique perspectives and extensive relationships to help manage the massive civic event that the Downtown Art Walk has become.”
Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk also kicked off its search for a new Executive Director to lead the organization in its day-to-day operations. Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk posted a job description on its website at www.downtownartwalk.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/downtownartwalk. All interested qualified persons are encouraged to apply.
The Downtown Art Walk is a “museum without walls” held on the second Thursday of each month that attracts thousands of attendees to art galleries, formal and informal art events, restaurants, bars and street life in the historic core of downtown Los Angeles. The Downtown Art Walk is supported by approximately 40 art galleries and art studios, as well as community arts organizations, local merchants, businesses and residents. Conceived of in September 2004 by a group of gallery owners as a way to bring life and vitality back to Los Angeles’ “skid row,” the Downtown Art Walk now draws as many as 20,000 visitors to downtown Los Angeles each month, making this one of the largest regular community art events in the United States. The Downtown Art Walk has brought life and vibrancy into recently gentrified neighborhoods and showcases a thriving art scene as well as new trendy restaurants and “hip” bars in historic sections of Los Angeles that date back to the beginning of the last century.