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Staff

Melinda 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

Matthew Himes (Director of Events)

Matthew Himes is a producer, sound engineer and talent liaison with deep ties to the Los Angeles cultural scene and the not-for-profit landscape. Matthew has worked in all facets of live event production from curating artists to overseeing event logistics to implementing social media strategies. In his most recent role as talent booker and producer at Mrs Fish & Perch in DTLA, he worked with multiple musical artists from across the talent spectrum, from jazz to experimental to acoustic. He is the Co-Founder of The L.A. Fort, a cooperative artistic space with the mission of empowering all members of the community by providing access to and encouraging collaborative arts practices. Matthew has an extensive background producing and running music and art festivals including Desert Stars, Moon Block Party, Desert Days, FMLY Fest, LA Psych Fest, Silverlake Jubilee, Echo Park Music Festival, Team Backpack. As an audio engineer, he hasrun sound for Odd Future, Vince Staples, Berlin, Swervedriver, The Lemonheads, Dead Meadow and many more. In his role as Events Director, Matthew will bring his acumen for engaging and presenting unique artists and cultural experiences to Center for the Arts Eagle Rock’s diverse audiences and community.

To contact, please e-mail Matthew at matthew@cfaer.org

Erika Sorondo (Director of Education)
Erika Sorondo is an experienced behavioral therapist, who studied psychology with an emphasis in Child Development and Special Needs at California State University, Los Angeles.  She has worked with a range of students from pre-school to high school in the performing and visual arts and with organizations such as Media Done Responsibly, a not-for-profit organization focused on the cultivation of a positive self image for students in inner city schools.  Most recently, she has both taught and assisted in Center For the Arts Eagle Rock’s After School Arts: Imagine Studio, our signature arts enrichment program. Her goal is to continue to help students both typical and special needs integrate and flourish, by using the arts as a way to inspire confidence, self expression and collaboration.

To contact, please e-mail Erika at erika@cfaer.org

Luis Baeza (Rentals Manager)

Luis is a long time resident of Eagle Rock having moved here in 1987. He has worked with Center for the Arts for the past seven years. He works on production and day-of-logistics for concerts, art exhibitions, workshops, and art auctions. He also manages the rentals department which is responsible for private events.  Luis has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology.

To contact, please e-mail Luis at luis@cfaer.org

Luke Davis (Teaching Artist + Graphic Designer)

Luke Davis is a Los Angeles area artist working in mixed media. In his projects, Luke explores ideas of memory, sense of place, mythology, and dreamwork. Luke currently share his artistic talents with elementary and middle school students as a Teaching and Assistant Teaching Artist at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock’s arts enrichment program, Imagine Studio and Summer Arts Camp. He has been an Assistant Teaching Artist and Teaching Artist for over 5 years in local K-12 classrooms and community programs throughout Pasadena and Los Angeles. As a graphic designer, Luke has created digital illustrations, interface navigation, animation, and marketing print pieces for boutique start-ups, entertainment, original content, e-commerce companies and not-for-profit organizations. A graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Luke additionally holds a bachelor’s degree from U.C. Irvine.