The LIVING ARTS FUND (LAF) is a vibrant think tank for consulting and strategizing with institutions, special projects and events to produce effective and sustainable programming. Promoting engagement and community, LAF works to foster site-specific experimentation by proposing new possibilities that will develop a roadmap for reaching a company's and person's desires.
With an active role in bridging the gap between art and its real impact on community, LAF's deep commitment to spreading artistry into the mainstream consciousness begins with a foundation in research and art direction. Cultivating partnerships, grant-award programs and City supported public works, we are a catalyst to generating new and exciting ideas with a background in production and cultivation.
Founder and Director for LAF, Betty Nguyen, is an early adopter of new communiation systems and embraces progressive forms of delivery. She curates activities beyond the institution walls that are inclusive and relevant. Her first show she curated included James Turrell, Doug Aitken, Yayoi Kusama, Mariko Mori, Terence Koh, Banks Violette, Jim Drain, Ara Peterson, Takeshi Murata, Sam Gordon, Anna Sew Hoy, Paper Rad, Hisham Bharoocha, Mark Borthwick, David Aron and more. The founder and publisher of First Person Magazine, (2006 - current) she has interviewed polarizing legends like Yoko Ono, Jeffrey Deitch, Missy Elliott, Wolfgang Tillmans and worked with emerging talents like Tyson Reeder, Walead Beshty, and Karl Haendel. She has participated in the West Coast art scene since the early 90's and works internationally as an independent curator, consultant and writer. LAF ignites a new era in the Arts that explores new possibilities in modes of production and collaboration. With a residency program in the works for 2013 and exhibitions that come from them, the Bay Area will be experiencing a new kind of immersive art experience.
Our current Artist Advisory Board:
Nancy Sue Choy is a fundamental contributor to shaping LAF's identity and developing our outreach program. A graduate from Parsons University, Paris and recent transplant from Helsinki, Finland she brings her global arts activity and perspective to enhance our ongoing programming and branding as a developing institution.
Amanda J. Eicher is a teacher in the Department of Art Practice at UC Berkeley. She is also part of a group from San Francisco State University called the Colima group that travels to El Salvador to engage and produce projects within a small community examining issues of culture, food, dance, politics and whatever it is they need to empower themselves. One such project, was producing the town's first map that was created by its residents. She is also an active member of the artist collective OPENrestaurant. She brings to LAF her artistic vision for deep listening and generating new possibilities.
Bob Pullum, Group Creative Director at AKQA, is a delightful collector of mid-century modern furnishings and big fan of vintage muscle cars. He genereously supported our inaugural Holiday Arts Benefit and is currently working on a campaign for Audi that his team spearheaded. Bob is an enthusiastic member of the community who serves also on preservation board for San Francisco landmark buildings.
Sunny Kim is a visual artist from New York and currently based in San Francisco. She studied at Coooper Union and the Chicago Art Institute. Working in diverse fields of culture, fashion marketing and publicity, she is a seasoned asset to our Board. Her broad vision, passion for sustainability and exceptional eye makes her a solid collaborator from any location in the world. She is a San Franciscan at heart and a trusted source for pragmatic decision-making.
Shane Francis is an experimental filmmaker and producer for Shane Francis Co. We have teamed up to work on several shoots together since the 90's, most recently for Youtube. Francis is an advocate for all things eccentric and titillating in performance and film programming. A member of the SF Film Society, Francis supports multimedia art that is forward-thinking.
Patti Proschold is a longtime supporter of new ways of thinking and presenting. She is a visual artist and works at a hedgefund, so what a great Secretary, she will make for LAF's board. With her office skills and finger on the pulse for good things to come, we collaborate closely on new projects and offerings to the community in an orderly and innovative fashion.
Bozho Lasich has been a community member for over 15 years. A long time supporter of the music arts, he will be working with our musicians in residence. Lasich will also serve as our CFO.
*If you are interested in becoming a Board Member, we would love to hear from you. Please email us for an appointment at Info@livingartsfund.com.