A Gustavo Dudamel puppet created by Wayne Wright marches through Celebrate LA.

Event goers enjoy a musical performance by Yachty By Nature at ARTsea.

Indian dancers move to the beat of taiko drums at Santa Monica Festival.

Broadway in Downtown LA comes to life with a participatory drum circle.


Community Arts Resources (CARS) creates unique experiences where art, culture, community and civic life collide.

CARS is engaged in the changing dynamics of culture and cities. Based in Los Angeles since 1989, our work is centered on event planning and production, urban planning, public engagement, and marketing. Through partnerships with neighborhoods, nonprofits, foundations, cities, cultural institutions, developers and designers, our work highlights and transforms the unique character and untapped potential of a particular place.


Our Values

We are listeners – of the problems and challenges of communities, in order to formulate and implement respectful solutions that help make neighborhoods better places.

We are facilitators – of the magic that happens when artists, organizations and people come together to create something special.

We are engagers – of the five senses and beyond; creating memorable, meaningful experiences for the eyes, ears, nose, mouth and spirit to celebrate the arts and the built environment.

We are surprisers – through extraordinary programs and activities that bring people together and reveal the beauty that is around us through interactive spectacle and play.

We are creators – of spaces that are truly public, open and accessible to all.

We are innovators – who have used sprawling, car-centric LA as our test tube to develop new models for the design and activation of public space.

We are Los Angeles – a complex, evolving organism of dynamic, multicultural components hidden under a blanket of sunshine, with the occasional complaint of traffic; a city that is our playground.

We are Community Arts Resources (CARS).


Aaron Paley


Katie Bergin

Executive Director

Tamara O'Connor

Vice President

Midori Mizuhara

Director, Planning & Urban Design

Mariana Perez-Seda

Director of Production

Regina Alcazar

Urban Planning & Public Engagement Associate

Sarah Rosky

Assistant Producer

Jiae Azad

Urban Planning and Public Engagement Associate

Claire Bernson

Event Production Assistant

Marnie Kay


Featured Clients

Southern California Association of Governments
The Getty
LA County Dept of Beaches & Harbors
City of Santa Monica
LA Phil
The Broad