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.

OUR TEAM

Qathryn Brehm, Executive Director

Nat George, Curation and Development

Jose Navarrete, Marketing Coordinator

Lara Dildy, Special Projects

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Bonnie Tseng, Secretary

Diego Cardoso

Patrice Russell Hopper

Cecily Jackson-Zapata

Jackie Jones

Heidi Linnebach

Brady Metcalfe

Andre Miripolsky

BIOS

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.

Bonnie Tseng is a long time supporter of the Downtown Los Angeles art scene and has worked with non-profits for many years in the area of Community Development, CRA, corporate community outreach and corporate charitable contributions. Bonnie volunteers her time on several boards and committees, specializing in fundraising events and group volunteering. She attended her first Downtown Art Walk in 2004 and has been in love with the downtown arts scene ever since.

Diego Cardoso has a 20-year experience in land use planning, housing/redevelopment and transportation planning. Diego’s professional career includes work with Non-profit housing agency, the City of Los Angeles City Council and the MTA. Diego is an experienced urban photographer and painter. Most recently, one of his photographs was selected for a permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of National History in Washington DC. He also has a Gallery/Studio in Downtown Los Angeles.

Patrice Russell Hopper is Regional Director of Marketing for Brookfield Office Properties, a commercial real estate corporation that owns, develops, and operates premier assets in the central cores of high- growth North American cities. Patrice brings more than thirteen years’ experience in branding, retail and commercial marketing, and advertising with her latest accomplishment of re-branding and launching the $40MM redevelopment of FIGat7th, anchored by City Target in downtown Los Angeles. Patrice holds active memberships with the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Southern California Marketing Directors’ Association and sits on the board of the Woodcraft Rangers.

Cecily Jackson-Zapata provides legal representation and advice on governance, strategy, policy and advocacy to nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, and B Corps. She also volunteers in a number of leadership positions, including as Board Chair of L.A. Kitchen, Secretary of Social Enterprise Alliance, and Secretary of Phase One Foundation. Cecily received her B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies cum laude from the University of Southern California in 1994 and her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1997.

Jacquelyn K. Jones is a government relations and public affairs professional with over a decade of experience in culturally competent political awareness, public policy, strategic planning, public relations and issue advocacy. Currently Jacquelyn serves as Government Affairs Manager for AECOM in the Los Angeles Metro area. She has also served as Director of Social Enterprise for the South Bay Center for Economic Development, and as Director of the PACE Women’s Business Center (WBC) in Downtown Los Angeles. Jacquelyn holds a Masters degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Study and a Bachelor degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Iowa.

A small-town girl from Idaho, Heidi Linnebach has come far to set down her roots in sunny Los Angeles and build a career in Media and Marketing. An entrepreneur and a self-professed media & marketing maven, Heidi currently applies her professional experience in advertising, content and sponsorship sales – working with major brands and advertising agencies at some of the most important publishers in America, including The Los Angeles Times and now, The Onion. Heidi has always believed that the arts (especially when combined with the megaphone of media) can be powerful conduits for exposing truth and affecting change. She has seen first-hand the impact of the Downtown Artwalk in Los Angeles and it’s positive effect on the downtown area and the Los Angeles community at large.

Brady Metcalfe has been a part of the Downtown LA Art Walk Board since 2013. Metcalfe is the owner of Metcalfe Security, a Private Security and Fire Life Safety company serving the Greater LA area, and currently serves as Co-Chair of Downtown’s Los Angeles Police Department Community Advisory Board. A native Angelino, Brady grew up on the Westside, attended University High School before earning his Bachelor’s at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and completing his MBA in Finance & Marketing from USC. Brady lives in Los Alamitos with his wife Karen and their two sons Michael & James.

Andre Miripolsky is an internationally known artist, located in downtown Los Angeles. Mr. Miripolsky was born in Paris, and reared in the rich cultures of Austria, Iran, Korea, Thailand and Indonesia; his dynamic paintings, sculptures, mobiles and graphic design have garnered devoted international collectors. His collaborations with MTV, The Tonight Show, Elton John, Bette Midler and Quincy Jones have brought his brilliant vision to millions of people. He is also a member of the Hollywood Arts Council board of directors.