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.
Brian Akio Martinez (Director of Events)
Brian Akio Martinez curates, develops, and creates sustainable models for inventive and unique music and art experiences. In the last 15 years, Martinez built the momentum and curatorial vision behind the Eagle Rock Music Festival, as well as the music programming for Center for the Arts Eagle Rock. His drive to curate innovative concerts and events stems from his degree in Jazz Studies from CalState Los Angeles. As a musician, Brian has performed and recorded with a range of artists, including Mia Doi Todd, Flying Lotus, Michel Gondry, Rodriguez, Blank Blue, Aloe Blacc, Om’Mas Keith, Shafiq Husayn, and The Gaslamp Killer. Brian’s own musical projects hybridize live instruments and Ableton Live. As a curator, Martinez brings diverse and contemporary concerts to the Center, including Tonalism, Deakin (Animal Collective), Futura, Dead Man’s Bones, Atlas Sound, Nick Waterhouse, Junip, Sholomo, Jonti, Baths, Black Dice and many more.
Laura Marchetti (Director of Education)
Laura Marchetti brings an art background as well as a working knowledge of educational and developmental practices to the Director of Education position, approaching the program holistically with the goal of creating a lifelong passion for the arts in each student. As a curator, Marchetti produces memorable and innovative group exhibitions, including Amazon Solitaire, Permissionary Work, Mini Comic-Con, Bordercomics: Tijuana, and The Mapping of Countries Yet to Come. Laura found her passion working in non-profit arts enrichment organizations, such as the Museum of Jurassic Technology, where she worked in part with the Getty Multicultural Internship program in 2008. Also an artist, she has exhibited at Curve Line Space, Amy Adler’s Echo Park Studio, LACE, ApexArt, and has been featured in Little Paper Planes, The Examiner, and OWLS. Laura Marchetti graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Art.