at Charles White Park
Altadena Arts dares to dream past the current pandemic and boldly looks ahead to a brighter future when we can join together to celebrate the Arts and Artists of our community. The Arts Festival will be a day-long event where artists can show and sell their work, enjoy live performances, and see the unveiling of a Charles White in Fall 2021.
We will be providing an open submission process for interested artists and artisans to participate this festival. Click here to be added to the email list.
We are seeking local businesses and organizations, who are interested in sponsoring this event. To request a sponsorship package or have a booth at the event, click here.
Eugene J. Hutchins, Executive Director
Eugene has built a multi-faceted career in the arts that has taken him from New York to Los Angeles and several spots in between. He has also held previous arts management positions with Barak Ballet ,Los Angeles Master Chorale, MUSE/IQUE, New York City Opera, Chautauqua Opera and The Pearl Theatre Company. Formerly, he was a professional stage director, producer, production stage manager and choreographer for more than a hundred opera, theatre, and dance productions across the United States including engagements with A Noise Within, Lyric Opera San Diego, Opera North, Opera in the Heights, Opera San Luis Obispo, Sarasota Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Syracuse Opera, Regina Quick Center for the Arts, Sierra Madre Playhouse, and many more. He has served on multiple grant prereview panels for California Arts Council, Los Angeles County Department of Arts & Culture, City of West Hollywood, and Arts Council for Long Beach. He has a BA in Dance from UCLA and MM in Opera Production from Florida State University. Visit eugeneh.com for more information.
LaMar Anderson, Teaching Artist/Curriculum Writer
Anne Pierce, Teaching Artist/Curriculum Writer
Altadena Arts is actively recruiting additional individuals who would like to join the Board of Trustees or Advisory Board of the organization. Please contact Eugene Hutchins Executive Director to learn how you can be involved.
Board of Trustees
Ron Myrick's an animator who has been a producer and director on The Incredible Hulk and The Avengers: United They Stand; animator on Spider-Woman; and timing director on X-Men, Avengers Assemble, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Other notable works include The Addams Family, Captain Planet and the Planetrees, Sonic the Hedgehog, Loon tics Unleashed, The California Raisin Show, Garfield and Friends, Bobby's World, NFL Rush Zone, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Challenge of the Super friends, Super Friends, Flash Gordon, Pac-Man, The New Scobey and Scrappy-Doo Show, The Jetsons, The Smurfs, The 13 Ghosts of Scobey-Doo, Alvin &the Chipmunks, Duck Tales, Batman: The Animated Series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, Life with Louie, All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series, I Am Weasel, Godzilla: The Series, Cow and Chicken, Cat Dog, Sabrina, the Animated Series, Static Shock, Ed, Edd, 'n' Eddy, Stripperella, Curious George, Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five, Batman: Year One, and The Land Before Time XIV: Journey of the Brave.
Britney Russ brings over nine years of Tech and Product Experience to our Board. Currently working as a Director of Product Management at the international E-Commerce brand PlanetArt, she has also been a senior team leader at Evite. She is a sought after public speaker for her knowledge and passion for representation in the product space. A regular at events for UCLA, Bruin Professionals, Women in Tech and more. She serves on the leadership committee for the Product Managers Association Los Angeles where in 2020 she founded their Mentorship Program. Volunteer based and free to participate, this unique mentorship program is a bridge for underrepresented students to learn under the mentorship of experienced professionals who share similar life experiences to that of the students they are matched with. Thus creating a learning environment that is understanding of the unique challenges each student may face and preparing them for success. In the program’s first year, it matched over 100+ students with product leaders in the Los Angeles area for resume review, mock interview and other services which has resulted in multiple mentees securing scholarships, internships and coveted job placements. Britney brings her “get it done” brand of professionalism to our board and will humbly work with the community to further its goals and build a brighter future.
George O. Davis joined the California African American Museum (CAAM) in 2015 as Executive Director. In addition to leading the museum, his direct responsibilities include strategic planning, budget management, and outreach development to Exposition Park officials and other partners. Under his stewardship CAAM has enjoyed a notable renaissance, fulfilling its mission to examine African American art, history, and culture in new and exciting ways—including the presentation of maricon temporary and emerging artists and public programs by some of today’s most noted thinkers, doers, and makers. He came to CAAM as a distinguished executive in the broadcasting and entertainment industry, having served as senior vice president of Technicolor from 2005–7, as well as founding Davis Broadband Group, a digital distribution consulting firm, in 2001. From 1996–2001 he was a vice president for Sony Pictures Entertainment. He holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and an undergraduate degree from the University of Redlands.
Mark Steven Greenfield
Mark Steven Greenfield, a native Angeleno, received his BA from California State University Long Beach and MFA from Cal State Los Angeles. He was past director of both the Watts Towers Arts Center and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. His work focuses on the complex issues surrounding the African American experience in contemporary society. Through his work, Green field explores the psychological dimension of African American stereotypes, little known histories and spiritual practices, reimagined religious iconography and subconscious mental cartography He is a recipient of the L.A. Artcore Crystal Award, Los Angeles Artist Laboratory Fellowship Grant, City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship, the California Community Foundation Artist Fellowship, and has been awarded residency fellowships at the Instituto Sacatar in Salvador, Brazil and the McColl Center for Art +Innovation in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Bio and Picture are forthcoming.
Charmaine serves clients through Kelan Resources by integrating art, history, culture, business, and diversity into the DNA of education, community, philanthropy, and public and private collaborations. Most recently, Charmaine was the executive director of the California African American Museum, and previously was deputy and acting commissioner of New York City's Department of Cultural Affairs and the executive director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Susan Mohini Kane
Susan Mohini Kane, has enjoyed a versatile career as an established classical and crossover vocal artist as well as an author and tenured professor of voice and opera. Kane’s "crystal-clear voice and impeccable technique" (LA Culture Spot Magazine) has kept her teaching and performing professionally for over two decades. Kane’s book, The 21st Century Singer, has been called “A must-read for any emerging singer” by iCadenza Artists. Kane has recorded two CDs: A MOMENT OF JOY and FROM THE HEART. Starting in 2021, Dr. Kane will be the Executive Director of Santosha Voice Group LLC, a group dedicated to bringing happiness through singing. Please visit www.santoshavoicegroup.com and/or www.the21stcenturysinger.com. Dr. Kane is delighted to serve on Altadena Arts’ Advisory Board.
A native of Southern California, Lindsey began her career at the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the corporate fundraising field, managing the community-based corporate relationships at the iconic Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Concert Hall. She soon moved her focus to the annual giving sector within the organization, managing $4.1 M in annual revenue. Her most recent position provided an opportunity to grow the donor base and outward facing volunteer and fundraising efforts at the LA Phil’s sister organization, Los Angeles Master Chorale, as the Associate Director of Individual Giving. In June 2019, Lindsey assumed the position of Director of Development at Foothill Family, overseeing the fundraising and outreach efforts of the mental health and early childhood development service organization based in the San Gabriel Valley. Her career has led her to building relationships and seeing strong revenue growth from within the arts industry and now the mental health communities, with a focus on data-driven analysis, corporate, individual, and special event fundraisers, and friend-raising.
Judy Matthews' commitment to community service and her record of leadership are indicative of her belief "What affects one affects us all." Judy became a founding member of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc., Los Angeles Chapter in2009 and founded and chaired the San Gabriel Valley Chapter in 2016.Under her leadership, she organized and empowered citizens by collaborating with the White House Office of Faith-based Neighborhood Partnerships to participate in a forum addressing critical issues affecting the community. As a three-term Altadena Town Councilmember (2012-2018), her commitment to enriching the lives of residents of Altadena and surrounding areas motivated her to initiate Altadena’s first homeless count, draft a proposal for the 41st District regarding food insecurity for students attending California’s junior colleges and was instrumental in the placement of the Buffalo Soldiers interpretive panel at Loma Alta Park. Ms. Matthew saws acknowledged by Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fund as a “Community Gem” and by Congresswoman Judy Chu as Altadena’s Congressional Woman of the Year 2017. In 2020, Assembly member Chris Holden recognized Ms.Matthews as a “Woman of Distinction,” and she was awarded the Los Angeles County Commission for Women of the Year as a member of the Pasadena Celebrates 2020 Executive Committee. Judy has a Bachelor of Science Degree from California State University and later served as federal court support manager, US District Court,
Meriel Stern is a practicing sculptor, Teaching Artist and educational design consultant. She is currently artist-in-residence at The Milagro CharterSchool in East Los Angeles, and on special assignment to several area schools. In addition, Meriel has volunteered for many years on the Arts and Culture, and Design Commissions of the City of Pasadena, Garfield Heights Neighborhood Association, Sequoyah School Board of Trustees, Pasadena Pro Música and Pasadena Educational Foundation. Meriel has a BA in Asian Studies from Barnard College, and an MFA from Otis Art Institute.
Maria is a 20-year veteran Special Education Teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Having lived with a disability from birth, she has become an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities in education and the community. When notem powering her students with a good education, Maria has written about disability issues for the website www.themighty.com. She also has volunteered her time bringing greater accessibility and audience diversity to small local live theater venues