Melinda Ann Farrell (Executive Director)
Melinda Ann Farrell dedicates her career to creative opportunities for underserved youth, emerging filmmakers, and artists. She founded Sustainable Media Studio (SMS), a student-led media arts studio where emerging artists collaborate on documentary shorts and creative campaigns. She has worked with the 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. Her extensive background in development and production includes executive roles at Universal, Paramount and Disney, as well as Deputy Director of the California Film Commission.
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 13 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.
Michael Spieckerman (New Media + Program Associate)
Michael Spieckerman has a finely honed eye for creating unique graphic design for the not-for-profit sector and brings a commitment to service to his role in the events and education programs at CFAER. Mike began his career at CFAER as an intern and learned all facets of the organization. His professional experience includes stints in college radio and event promotions as well as administrative and production support. He has worked with companies and organizations such as the Pablove Foundation, BobGail Special Events, KOXY Radio, and Oxy Design Service. Mike currently attends Occidental College and will graduate in June of 2015. Mike’s goal is to grow the new media department at Center for the Arts Eagle Rock to enhance the reach of the organization’s message.