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 designs public spaces to create unique experiences where performing and visual arts, cultures, communities, and civic life collide. We take inspiration from Los Angeles where we produce most of our work as free public events and festivals, working with local performers and organizations.

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).


Katie Bergin

Executive Director

Aaron Paley


Tamara O'Connor

Vice President

Erin Soares

Executive Coordinator

Kora Peterson

Lead Producer

Tina Van Berckelaer


Featured Clients

The Broad
California Forward
The California Endowment
City & County of Honolulu
City of Calgary
City of Santa Monica
Downtown Women's Center
The Durfee Foundation
Guadalajara International Book Fair
City of Garden Grove
The Getty
The Jewish Community Foundation
Little Tokyo Community Council
LA County Dept of Beaches & Harbors
Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
Los Angeles Department of Transportation
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
LA Phil
Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
The Music Center of Los Angeles County
The Related Companies
Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Southern California Association of Governments
Terasaki Exhibitions
Wallis Annenberg Center
The Walt Disney Company