Art Talk: El Segundo
March 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
What will art look like in El Segundo in 100 years? Join ESMoA and esteemed panelists for a futurist discussion about the arts in El Segundo. We will discuss the new Arts and Culture Advisory Committee, and how locals can best support art in our city.
Catherine Azimi, Artist
Don Brann, City Council Member, City of El Segundo
Tara L. Hitzig, Executive Director, Automobile Driving Museum
Jennifer Jacobs, Artist
Nayila Moore, The Teen Thing, ESMoA
Holly Socrates, Artist and El Segundo Art Walk Founder
Holly Crawford, Education Manager, ESMoA
(left to right) Catherine Azimi, Don Brann, Tara L. Hitzig, Jennifer Jacobs, Nayila Moore, Holly Socrates.
About the Panelist:
Catherine Azimi is an artist and creative professional living in El Segundo. She is currently Manager of the Eames House where she works closely with fellow staff and volunteers to create a warm and authentic visitor experience. Catherine has an interdisciplinary studio practice and has exhibited both locally and abroad. As a 2016 Activate Fellow with Arts for LA she assumed the role of an arts advocate with a focus on cultural policy and urban development issues. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with an MFA in 2012 and a BA from Amherst College in 2003. Photograph of Catherine Azimi is courtesy of Ali Azimi.
Don Brann, Ed.D began his career as a fourth grade teacher at Center School in El Segundo and served 15 years as the superintendent of the Wiseburn School District. In 2014, he was honored by Pepperdine University as Superintendent of the Year. Don founded the Da Vinci Charter schools in 2008, the first year he was elected to the El Segundo City Council. Dr. Brann teaches a course at Loyola Marymount University on the “Business of Education” and works with the Beach Cities League of Women Voters. He was re-elected to the El Segundo City Council in 2016.
Tara Hitzig is the Executive Director for the Automobile Driving Museum as well as a Board Member of the El Segundo Chamber of Commerce. Tara has a 20 year long history of delivering new business and product concepts for the healthcare and integrative wellness industry. In her career she helped launch and build successful ventures and drive business to the next level. She was owner and Vice President of a start-up venture that created a new business model which focused on the integration of complementary healthcare, spa, and fitness services and she was the key player in creating and developing a start-up venture holistic healing retreat center in Kansas City, MO for a 100 year-old renowned non-profit organization. Now she is responsible for bringing a car museum to its’ next level and create a space for it in the El Segundo community.
Jennifer Jacobs is a long time El Segundo resident, and works as a graphic designer in the commercial real estate industry. She received her degree in Art from SDSU and in her free time she enjoys volunteering for ESMoA.
Nayila Moore is a junior at El Segundo High School and Teen Intern at ESMoA. Last Spring she was a member of ESMoA’s The Teen Thing and displayed her artwork at the “Out + About” installation at Recreation Park. Nayila collaborates with the ESMoA Education team to design and coordinate programming for Teen audiences.
Holly Socrates is an objective abstract painter known for her serene imagery and unusual mediums like charcoal and coffee. Socrates opened her gallery in downtown El Segundo in 2014 showcasing her own work as well as others. Quickly after opening her doors, Socrates conceptualized, organized and curated the El Segundo Art Walk. The El Segundo Art Walk draws thousands of visitors to the small seaside town each summer.