ABOUT THE DOWNTOWN ART WALK ORGANIZATION
The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports local community economic development through a variety of year-round programs, including the self-guided “Art Walk” on the 2nd Thursday of each month.
Our daily mission is to improve the local community and to create economic opportunities for artists, galleries, small businesses, and youth, through our programs which include:
- The Downtown Art Mart at the Downtown Art Walk Lounge – Monthly microenterprise incubator for artists and small businesses to generate sales from the thousands of visitors the Downtown Art Walk attracts each month.
- The Downtown Art Walk Internship Program – a training program for youth and adults who have a passion for community, the arts, nonprofit administration, media, and leadership.
- The Youth Education and Community Art Program – a program that brings local art experiences and instruction to underserved populations.
ABOUT THE MONTHLY ART WALK (THE 2ND THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH)
The self-guided public art phenomenon known as the Downtown Art Walk brings thousands of art lovers and community members to an ever-evolving Downtown Los Angeles. With exciting and unique offerings around every corner, Downtown celebrates the arts on the 2nd Thursday of each month, year-round, rain or shine. Please refer to your calendar for upcoming dates.
Many of the Downtown Art Walk activities take shape in and around the galleries predominantly along Spring and Main streets, between 2nd and 9th streets. However, there is a plethora of art-related events and openings, activities, and special programming taking place all over Downtown. We suggest you start your Art Walk at our visitor center, the Art Walk Lounge, located at 634 S. Spring St. from 6 to 10pm each Art Walk.
For the true art collectors and fans, arriving early offers a more relaxing stroll through galleries and art exhibitions. As the evening progresses, more visitors descend on the area to meet up with friends and savor the local experience. Visitors and Downtowners alike can often be found patronizing local shops, as well as the dining and entertainment options that have popped-up in our thriving community.
ABOUT THE DOWNTOWN ART WALK LOUNGE
Part visitor center, part gallery, and part artisan market, the Downtown Art Walk Lounge is the starting point for new and returning patrons alike.
The pop-up, located at 634 S. Spring St. 90014, is a space for attendees to pick up maps, view and purchase art from uniquely curated exhibitions featuring local and international artists, support local artisans and micro-businesses, and sample promotional items from our sponsors. The Downtown Art Walk Lounge is open from 6-10pm only on the second Thursday of each month.
Qathryn Brehm, Executive Director
Nat George, Curation and Development
Jose Navarrete, Marketing Coordinator
Lara Dildy, Special Projects
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bonnie Tseng, Secretary
Patrice Russell Hopper
Painter-photographer Qathryn Brehm’s background is in the decorative arts, having launched a successful consultancy and decorative arts business early on in her career. More recently, Qathryn made great strides in the fields of marketing and community engagement. As Executive Director of the Downtown Art Walk, Qathryn oversees operations and continues to build bridges between cultural stakeholders and the arts community, at home and abroad.
Nat George is a curator, gallery professional, and visual artist. Prior to joining the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, Nat conceptualized and curated numerous exhibitions, developed programming, and established partnerships with local nonprofit, art, business and governmental organizations. In her current role, Nat develops the framework for meaningful collaborations between Art Walk and its cultural, business, and community partners.
As Editor and Creative Marketing Strategist for the Downtown Art Walk, Lara Dildy manages online content and event promotion for the monthly Art Walk, as well as other major LA-based events such as the LA Art Show, Night on Broadway, and Photo LA. In addition, Lara manages other projects throughout the Downtown Art Walk, including mural tours, art and architecture tours, and community Instameets.
Jose Navarrete is a photographer, writer and creative designer. Harnessing all of his creative skills, he currently serves at the Marketing Coordinator for the Downtown Art Walk, where he manages the production of a variety of marketing campaigns to grow the Downtown Art Walk brand.