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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

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 has run 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

Frankie Fleming (Director of Education)
Frankie Fleming is an artist, educator and community organizer. She was raised in Eagle Rock and has deep ties to the Northeast Los Angeles community. Frankie studied at Bard College in the Film and Electronic Arts Department with a focus on experimental documentary and installation. After completing her undergraduate degree, she moved to Oakland where she was involved with Canyon Cinema Foundation, Southern Exposure and the Ohlone Profiles Project as an organizer and educator. Frankie taught in CFAER’s Imagine Studio program before joining the staff as Director of Education.

To contact, please e-mail Frankie at

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