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artworxLA 27th Annual Evening of Art

  • Taglyan Culutral Complex 1201 Vine Street Los Angeles, CA, 90038 United States (map)
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HONORING

KRISTIN SAKODA is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission providing leadership in arts and culture countywide.  A creative professional with over 20 years of experience in the cultural field, Ms. Sakoda is an arts executive, attorney, and artist who most recently served as Deputy Commissioner & General Counsel of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), the largest municipal arts funder in the U.S. providing grants and technical assistance to more than 900 cultural organizations each year with an annual expense budget of $180M.  In her role at DCLA, Ms. Sakoda advanced a wide range of strategic, programmatic, legislative, and policy initiatives. Her portfolio included capital projects at cultural facilities, public art, diversity and inclusion, and affordable workspace for artists. She simultaneously served as chief legal officer of the agency and with a diverse legal practice of intellectual property, nonprofit governance, contracts, real estate and regulation. She also served as chief executive officer of the city’s Theater Subdistrict Council awarding grants to cultivate diversity and inclusion on Broadway and beyond.  Ms. Sakoda is also a creative professional and lifelong arts practitioner whose work continues to be informed by her professional career in dance, music, theater and songwriting. Ms. Sakoda holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law, where she received the Jack J. Katz Memorial Award for Excellence in Entertainment Law, and a B.A. from Stanford University in American Studies, with a specialization in Race and Ethnicity, and a secondary major in Feminist Studies.

KRISTIN SAKODA is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission providing leadership in arts and culture countywide.

A creative professional with over 20 years of experience in the cultural field, Ms. Sakoda is an arts executive, attorney, and artist who most recently served as Deputy Commissioner & General Counsel of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), the largest municipal arts funder in the U.S. providing grants and technical assistance to more than 900 cultural organizations each year with an annual expense budget of $180M.

In her role at DCLA, Ms. Sakoda advanced a wide range of strategic, programmatic, legislative, and policy initiatives. Her portfolio included capital projects at cultural facilities, public art, diversity and inclusion, and affordable workspace for artists. She simultaneously served as chief legal officer of the agency and with a diverse legal practice of intellectual property, nonprofit governance, contracts, real estate and regulation. She also served as chief executive officer of the city’s Theater Subdistrict Council awarding grants to cultivate diversity and inclusion on Broadway and beyond.

Ms. Sakoda is also a creative professional and lifelong arts practitioner whose work continues to be informed by her professional career in dance, music, theater and songwriting. Ms. Sakoda holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law, where she received the Jack J. Katz Memorial Award for Excellence in Entertainment Law, and a B.A. from Stanford University in American Studies, with a specialization in Race and Ethnicity, and a secondary major in Feminist Studies.

Kristin Sakoda
Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission

MICHAEL SUGAR is the founder and CEO of Sugar23, a management and production company. He was awarded the Oscar® for Best Picture for “Spotlight,” starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams.  Sugar’s most recent credits include the high-profile Netflix series “Maniac,” with Cary Fukunaga directing and Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, and Justin Theroux starring, which premiered last September; as well as the recently released “I Am The Night” at TNT with Chris Pine starring and Patty Jenkins directing. Earlier this year, he started production on the Apple series “Dickinson” starring Hailee Steinfeld, Jane Krakowski and directed by David Gordon Green. He is an Executive Producer on the Netflix series “The OA,” co-created by Zal Batmanglij and client Brit Marling, who also stars, as well as the hit Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” created by Brian Yorkey and directed by Tom McCarthy, both in their second seasons. Sugar also Executive Produced Cinemax’s critically acclaimed drama series “The Knick,” starring Clive Owen and directed by Steven Soderbergh.  Sugar’s impressive roster of literary and talent clients includes Steven Soderbergh, Richard Linklater, Cary Fukunaga, Marc Webb, Patty Jenkins, George Stroumboulopoulos and Robin Wright, among others.  Sugar is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Producer’s Guild of America, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He has been given two Television Academy Honors awards, has received nominations for the Emmy and Golden Globe awards, has been awarded two AFI Awards, and lastly, has won a Peabody Award for “The Knick.”

MICHAEL SUGAR is the founder and CEO of Sugar23, a management and production company. He was awarded the Oscar® for Best Picture for “Spotlight,” starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams.

Sugar’s most recent credits include the high-profile Netflix series “Maniac,” with Cary Fukunaga directing and Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, and Justin Theroux starring, which premiered last September; as well as the recently released “I Am The Night” at TNT with Chris Pine starring and Patty Jenkins directing. Earlier this year, he started production on the Apple series “Dickinson” starring Hailee Steinfeld, Jane Krakowski and directed by David Gordon Green. He is an Executive Producer on the Netflix series “The OA,” co-created by Zal Batmanglij and client Brit Marling, who also stars, as well as the hit Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” created by Brian Yorkey and directed by Tom McCarthy, both in their second seasons. Sugar also Executive Produced Cinemax’s critically acclaimed drama series “The Knick,” starring Clive Owen and directed by Steven Soderbergh.

Sugar’s impressive roster of literary and talent clients includes Steven Soderbergh, Richard Linklater, Cary Fukunaga, Marc Webb, Patty Jenkins, George Stroumboulopoulos and Robin Wright, among others.

Sugar is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Producer’s Guild of America, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He has been given two Television Academy Honors awards, has received nominations for the Emmy and Golden Globe awards, has been awarded two AFI Awards, and lastly, has won a Peabody Award for “The Knick.”

Michael Sugar
Founder and CEO of Sugar23

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artworxLA’s annual benefit raises funds and awareness for the organization’s comprehensive arts programs to combat Los Angeles’ high school dropout crisis.  This year’s event will include a dinner, a silent auction and a program featuring our students’ work.  Through the annual fundraiser, artworxLA seeks to build meaningful corporate partnerships that:

Support the program through financial contributions and fulfill corporate responsibility goals

Generate mutually beneficial publicity for the program and corporate partner

Act as a pipeline for future program board members and provide opportunities for corporate employee involvement

Provide in-kind donations to the program


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artworxLA supporters are creative professionals, industry leaders, and key decision makers in managerial positions.  They are passionate about making a difference in their communities and about arts education.

Past Honorees: Marc Webb, Mirada Mark Ridley-Thomas, Seth MacFarlane, Shepard Fairey, Sir Ken Robinson, Dr. Arturo Delgado, humble.tv, Leslie Gilbert-Lurie, The Directors Bureau, Kirkpatrick Architects, and Jane and Ron Olson

  • Total event attendance: 350

  • Primary areas of residence: Downtown LA, Beverly Hills, Westwood, Los Feliz, Silverlake, Echo Park, Pasadena, Brentwood, Miracle Mile and West Hollywood

  • Gender: Female – 55%, Male – 45%

  • 70% Have a college degree/post-graduate education

  • Creative Industries represented: architecture, TV production, film, music, technology and the arts.