About Active Cultures

Active Cultures is a public arts organization in Los Angeles exploring the confluence of food and art through public projects, programs, and publishing.
Our mission is to nourish interdisciplinary and experimental practice, inspire curiosity, and feed empathy through artist-led, collective experiences and generative conversations.

Throughout our programming, our purpose is to expand our assumptions around foodways, making creative spaces for gathering and shared experience, and to enrich our political, cultural, and sensorial relationships to food. Since our founding in 2018, AC has supported interdisciplinary practices by artists who consider hospitality an empowering gesture; who privilege community-building; and who work to make visible the critical stakes of cultural production, representation, and consumption. 


Laura Fried
Director and Co-Founder
Sonia Ali
Assistant Director
Portrait of Camille Levy
Camille Levy
Getty Marrow Curatorial Intern

Board of Directors

Sanjay Kumar

Raina Kumra

Sarah McHale

Chelsea Nassib

Eamon Ore-Giron

Sonya Yu


Glenn Kaino (co-founder)

Mary Wagstaff


Active Cultures’ programs this year are made possible through the generous support of its Board of Directors; the Gatherers Annual Fund; the Los Angeles Visual Arts (LAVA) Coalition; the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture as part of Creative Recovery LA, an initiative funded by the American Rescue Plan; the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture; and the California Arts Council.


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