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Staff

Melinda - Bio PhotoMelinda Ann Farrell (Executive Director)

Melinda Ann Farrell has dedicated her career as a filmmaker and educator to providing creative and professional opportunities for underserved students, at-risk youth and emerging filmmakers, writers and artists. She is the Founder of Sustainable Media Studio (SMS), a student led media arts studio where students and emerging professional artists worked collaboratively to create artistic works, documentary shorts and creative campaigns. Through Melinda’s creative leadership, student filmmakers authored works for revered arts, cultural and educational institutions such as J. Paul Getty Trust, Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program, Getty Foundation, Otis College of Art and Design, California Film Commission and Los Angeles Community College District. Melinda’s extensive background in development and production includes executive leadership roles at Universal, Paramount and Disney as well as Deputy Director of the California Film Commission. She served as the on-site Creative Producer and Documentary Director of the CSU/AT&T Road to College Tour, where a graphics wrapped rock tour bus visited underserved communities throughout California to assist encourage and assist students in applying to college at a CSU school. Melinda is a passionate believer in the transformative power of the arts to engage and enrich diverse communities and individual lives. She is honored to have the opportunity to be of service to Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, as Executive Director.

To contact, please e-mail Melinda at melinda@cfaer.org

 

Sascha - Bio Photo 1Sascha Stannard (Education Coordinator)

Sascha Stannard is an artist interested in painting on any surface possible. She loves inventing new patterns with vibrant colors and playful motifs. She studied fine arts at Sarah Lawrence College where she graduated in 2012. As a teacher, she adores providing a creative space for students to engage their imaginations with unfamiliar materials. Sascha has taught artists K-12 at various schools across Los Angeles, and at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock’s Imagine Studio program and seasonal Art Camps. 

To contact, please e-mail Sascha at sascha@cfaer.org

 

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Asher Titan is an educator, multi-disciplinary artist, and administrator. They have developed and implemented visual arts-based curricula in various educational and museum settings throughout Los Angeles, including CFAER’s Imagine Studio, Emerson Community Charter School, and the Getty Center. Asher’s teaching philosophy is centered on exploring themes of social justice, identity, artistic inquiry, and social emotional learning. They received a Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude from UCLA with a major in Art History and a minor in Visual and Performing Arts Education (VAPAE). Asher was CFAER’s Multidisciplinary Arts Education Intern in the summer of 2019 and is thrilled to be continuing their relationship with the Center.

To contact, please e-mail Asher at asher@cfaer.org

 

 

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Summer Benton (Cultural Events & Exhibitions Associate)

Summer is an interdisciplinary artist, community organizer, dancer, and recent graduate from UCLA — where she studied African-American and Gender Studies, with a special focus on the nexus of social justice and art. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Summer is driven by a love for her community to create spaces for folks to connect, be seen, and be heard. Since 2012 she has volunteered as a year-round organizer for Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles where she acts as a mentor for young girls through facilitating music, movement, and social justice workshops. She is a craft enthusiast with regular practice in textile arts that includes knitting, embroidery, weaving, marbling, and natural dyeing techniques. In addition to these things, you can usually find her with a cup of tea in her hands, a dance floor under her feet, or squishing her cat Bill, all while giving Geminis the positive reputation they deserve. Summer worked as CFAER’s Cultural Events Intern in 2020, later transitioning to her current position, contributing to the production of vibrant community-centered arts programming.

To contact, please e-mail Summer at summer@cfaer.org

 

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Ayrin Gharibpour (Creative Strategist & Content Creator)

Ayrin Gharibpour is an Iranian artist, illustrator, and puppeteer born and raised in Tehran. She holds a BFA in graphic design from the Art University of Tehran. Ayrin works as a teaching artist leading workshops for the community in the art of puppets and illustration, and in CFAER’s after school arts program, Imagine Studio. Ayrin is also a puppeteer with the beloved Bob Baker Marionette Theatre. Her interest in theatre, especially puppet theatre arts, stems from being born into a theatrical family. As an educator, she has worked with children creating theatre and puppet theatre projects in schools and institutions in Italy, Tehran, and the United States. She plays the oud and violin and speaks fluent Italian and Farsi.

To contact, please e-mail Ayrin at ayrin@cfaer.org

 

 

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Miquela Davis (Workshops Associate)

Miquela is a native Southern Californian artist, and while she studied film photography and enjoys keeping busy using all kinds of mediums, her main focuses currently are illustration, comics, and zines. Her illustration work has been used for MTV’s social media accounts, Funny or Die videos, and Ed Begley Jr.’s environmental campaign with the Center for Biological Diversity. She has a deep love for dogs, which comes across through her work but especially with her recurring comic character, Cool Dog. Other themes found in her work are cartoonist takes on pop culture, and colorful human and animal characters. Miquela grew up writing and illustrating stories, which turned into creating zines after her uncle, CFAER team member Luke Davis, introduced her to zines when she was 15 and she has been making them ever since. She has participated in zine festivals and curates local art shows in Orange County. As an art educator her biggest goal is to create environments that allow everyone’s inherent creativity to be nurtured and cultivated. Her belief in art education and curation is that we are all born artists, we just need to be allowed the freedom to express it.

To contact, please e-mail Miquela at miquela@cfaer.org