At the intersection of arts and culture, community development and education, Art Share Los Angeles, Inc. is: (a) community based arts learning destination whose mission is to change lives in underprivileged neighborhoods; and (b) community based incubator for local emerging and established artists whose mission is providing both safe shelter and workplace to exhibit and perform. Located in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles, Art Share programs are conducted from a renovated 2-story 30,000 square foot facility. On the lower floor is a working visual and ceramic arts studio with kiln; art exhibition gallery; and performance/dance/theatre space; all of which accommodate (450) persons at any one time.
Art Share’s Core Service Programs are: BLAST (Building Language and Art Skills Together) where professional artists teach an arts learning curriculum across several disciplines for the benefit of at-risk and low-to-poverty income youth; FACT (Families and Communities Together) where parent educators implement supportive services again within an arts learning approach for the benefit of families whose youth are at risk for chronic involvement in the juvenile justice system; and Community Artists Exhibitions Program where downtown artists present solo and group shows for one month’s duration. On the upper floor, Art Share maintains (30) loft style apartments for HUD-qualified low income artists.
Art Share is recognized by US House Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard for programs that “…are responsive to the community’s needs empowering individuals and families through artistic development,” and by The Los Angeles Times honoring Art Share as downtown’s “Town Hall.”
Tracy worked as Art Share’s Program Director for over 8 years and was promoted to Executive Director in early 2008. In addition to her role as the creator and coordinator of the highly recognized programs provided by Art Share, she has been an invaluable voice in helping the organization become what it is today. With a background in Social Services, Tracy has 7 years of experience creating community programs for non-profit organizations such as, The City of Beverly Hills, All Saints Church in Pasadena and the museum of Tolerance. Prior to her decision to become active in the building of community program here in the Artist District, Tracy worked over 10 years managing trade shows and other corporate events across the United States.
Visit ArtShare LA’s website at: artsharela.org.