Winter Benefit

November 11, 2023

Honoring artist Glenn Kaino
Benefit Creative Directors Mina Park & Minh Phan
A Celebration of Food, Culture, and Community on our Fifth Anniversary!


See photos from the evening here.


On the organization’s fifth birthday, Active Cultures was thrilled to honor artist and space-maker Glenn Kaino at our Winter Benefit. We are grateful for all who joined us for a delicious celebration of Glenn’s paradigm-shifting practice and his ​​profound impact on independent art spaces in Los Angeles.

With an evening curated from seed to stem by celebrated chefs Mina Park (baroo) and Minh Phan (PHENAKITE), AC’s second annual benefit combined the spirit of the dinner party with a community gathering to toast food and art in LA. The evening featured a special cocktail hour; a seated dinner; and surprise artist interventions and performances, all to benefit our artist projects and year-round, free public programs throughout LA County.

Thank you for coming!

Honorary Committee

Lyndon Barrois Sr.
Corey Lynn Calter
Ron Finley
Michele Fleischli
César García-Alvarez

Christine Y. Kim
Joel McHale
Niki Nakayama & Carole Iida-Nakayama

Minh Phan
Dr. V. Joy Simmons
Stacy Switzer

Host Committee

William Grant & Sons and hosts who wish to remain anonymous

Patron Committee

Sarah and Joel McHale*
Deon Jones and Cameron J. Ross
Wasserman Foundation
Sonya Yu*

Supporter Committee

Kim and Keith Allen-Niesen, Vera R Campbell Foundation, Nicole and Sanjay Kumar*, UAP | Urban Art Projects, Mary Wagstaff*, Ric Whitney and Tina Perry Whitney, and supporters who wish to remain anonymous

Friends Committee

Christopher Yin and John Yoon, Laila and Mehran Taslimi, Abigail Sider and David Shayne, Matthew Bliwise and Nicole Deller, Victoria Burns, Catherine Geanuracos, François Ghebaly Gallery, Deborah Irmas, Berry Stein, Joanna Kerns, Claire and Rob LaZebnik, Sherry and Joel McKuin, Eamon Ore-Giron* and Rachel Nawi, Morgan and Matt Walsh, East West Bank, Second Home, Eva and Jon Crawford, Elliot and Chelsea Nassib*, Minh Phan, Pace Gallery, UTA, Niki Nakayama and Carole Iida-Nakayama, Dr. V. Joy Simmons, Liana and Michael Krupp, Lauri Firstenberg, Jessica Fleischmann, Raina Kumra*, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Sargent’s Daughters, Matthew Thompson, Trina Turk, Kevin Iwashina, MASS MoCA, Liz Dean, Nadia Al-Amir, César García-Alvarez, Anne Ellegood, Lisson Gallery, Analia Saban, Lyndon Barrois Sr. and Janine Sherman Barrois, Robert Crouch, Ron Finley, Meredith Rogers, Sarah Russin, and friends who wish to remain anonymous

Asterisk indicates current and former members of Active Cultures’ Board of Directors.