What We Do
With 25 years of experience, Community Arts Resources (CARS) creates opportunities to engage with culture and community. Our work is built upon the principles of strategic collaboration, connectivity, exploration and celebration. Through the navigation of the urban landscape and cultural geography of a city, CARS develops new models for the design and activation of public space. The firm's impressive repertoire of work has garnered CARS a significant reputation in the fields of cultural planning, event production, and community outreach and marketing.
Community Arts Resources (CARS) has a long history with Los Angeles and Southern California and the role of the arts in this area's development. Since founders Aaron Paley and Katie Bergin launched Community Arts Resources more than twenty years ago, they have been instrumental in utilizing the arts to bring communities together, reclaiming public spaces, and cultivating awareness of local histories, cultural connections and creative resources. Dubbed by the New York Times as "Los Angeles' preeminent festival producer," CARS designs, installs and oversees festivals and other events for the Getty, the City of Santa Monica, Disney Theme Parks, the Natural History Museum, and the California Endowment; consults for city governments, private developers, and nonprofits on the uses of public space for cultural and artistic purposes; arranges artist-in-residence programs at local schools; books cutting-edge performers for celebrated concert series; and develops unique marketing and outreach strategies for cultural organizations and community groups.