A.R.T. Artists Real Talk

It's been a long time coming, and Think Tank Gallery is proud to announce the release of our first podcast series! We've teamed up with some of our favorite artists, producers, directors and more to catch a deep glimpse into what it takes to turn an artistic vision to reality. We have been honored to work and be friends with some of the most inspiring people in LA and across the country, and for the last few weeks we have been bringing a grip of them into our new podcast studio to have some chill conversations over a beer or three. Join us in our freshly built podcast studio as we get ready for some dope shit.
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Dec 8, 2016

 Ari Simon is one of those guys that runs shit behind the scenes in Downtown LA. He knows a hell of a lot about said scenes, and he has had a hand in a few different areas of local government. He is best known for his events and survey of the neighborhood, Get Downtown – a map and print publication that also has a heavy online presence and killer newsletter. 



0:35 - What is GET DOWN TOWN? 


• Tower Theater’s first talkie


6:15 - Ari’s involvement in DTLA - A2B 


10:15 - Working with the Historic Core BID 


● What is the BID?


15:35 - DTLA Perspective - The differences between then and now 


○ 6th St - The most underrated street in DTLA


23:25 - The DTLA Cultural Stakeholders Group 


○ The Broad comes to Los Angeles


25:07 - An Accidental Call to Action - Bringing venues together 


26:53 - Eli Broad - One of the biggest art collections in the world /


32:43 - The Future of DTLA 


37:00 - What is Night on Broadway? 


○ What is a way that we can inspire people?


42:27 - “We’re not old money, we’re young money” 


44:00 - The History of Pershing Square


50:52 - Gentrification of DTLA 


54:33 - What the fuck is Ari’s job? 


○ Separating different projects when representing different businesses


1:03:03 - The Development of Take Me Home LA 

○ What does it mean to be home in LA?


1:07:30 - Challenges faced as a curator 


1:11:13 - When a creative’s performance goes awry 


○ Fabric Planet


1:23:48 - What is Monkey Town?


1:24:40 - The Sponsorship Debate 


○ Levi’s Commuter Space 


1:37:40 What’s in your event pipeline for the history of DTLA?


1:43:50 - What would you tell your 20 year old self? 


Ari can be found in DTLA, NYC, Paris, Berlin, Mexico City... or and

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