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Promoting the arts worldwide … !

David Leikam

Founder | CEO

David is no stranger to the arts. After attending the Musicians Institute with honors for sound engineering production (live and studio), he earned his BFA and MFA from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) where he primarily studied modern dance collaboration/history, music composition/improvisation, and performance arts. After graduating from CalArts, David’s imagination was sparked by the decreased funding in the arts in public schools and inspired by the variety of arts covered at his alma mater, CalArts (dance, film, literature, music, theatre, visual, multimedia) where artists of varied disciplines study and work under the same roof, encouraging regular creative collaboration. To help develop ArtsEarth into a viable arts business venture, David attended Foothill College to study international business studies and small business management. As an artist/musician, David has seem firsthand how the artistic landscape has changed in many ways and feels that the quality of arts events promotion, both local and international, can be improved. Combined with modern technological tools, ArtsEarth can help the current arts scenes connect better with the general public whether they are in San Francisco, California or Paris, France; eventually creating ArtsEarth locations worldwide to better inform the public of creative arts events and engaging directly with local artists who are paid and supported well within their communities. David believes that if you have a vibrant arts community, society’s culture will be directly affected for the betterment of life for all its citizens.

Greg Cutler

Secretary | COO |  Design Director | Arts Reviewer

Greg has a Bachelor’s Degree in Illustration from the Academy of Art University. After graduating from art school, he struggled to find work as an animator and illustrator. His career eventually morphed into a designer for the tech industry. He has designed and helped build web sites, web applications, and mobile apps. All of these for-profit pursuits keep food on the table and a roof over his head (in San Francisco), but they do not do enough to help the plight of the starving artist. As a regular attendee at the annual Burning Man Festival in Black Rock City, Nevada. Greg has witnessed that radical inclusion helps generate cultural change from the inside of communities. He has come to believe that being an artist in America is almost impossible. He has seen the flight of culture from his beloved city of San Francisco. One of the reasons for living in a place is the culture. If the culture leaves, the reason for living there disappears. For art enthusiasts, finding interesting and thought provoking art is also nearly impossible. ArtsEarth serves two demographics. Artists need people to pay them for their art. Art buyers need to be able to find art that connects with them on a personal level. It’s not easy to do either one. Here’s where well-designed and built technology can help. Artists hold events in physical spaces. People can go check out the art. It’s that simple.

Nita Dotson

Treasurer

Biography coming soon.

Stan Carrico

IT Dept. Director | Board Member

Biography coming soon.

Rachel Faught

Events Assistant | Board Member

Rachel is a patron of the arts at large, with special interest in the theatre. As an undergraduate theatre arts student at the University of Oregon, she acted in several main stage and student directed productions. She also dabbled in dramaturgy, devising, and directing. Her directorial debut was a lip synced version of R. Kelly’s seminal hip-hopera, Trapped in the Closet. Upon moving to San Francisco in 2015, she knew she wanted to get involved in the San Francisco Bay Area arts scene in some capacity. Getting connected with ArtsEarth has allowed her to tap in to the local arts scene, and to help in the promotion of lesser-known artists and events. The work ArtsEarth accomplishes is increasingly important in today’s climate — as working artists are being priced out of cities like San Francisco more rapidly than ever. Additionally, as a full-fledged “millennial,” she is interested in understanding how her generation interacts with the arts. She, like many of her peers, regularly falls victim to the pull of social media and Netflix over live, artistic experiences. She hopes her work with ArtsEarth can encourage her generational counterparts to attend and participate in artistic endeavors.

Craig Latta

Tech. Advisor | Board Member

Craig grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, playing with a variety of music bands and in strange art happenings. A graduate of the music and computer science programs at UC Berkeley, he creates improvisatory works for small ensembles of people and machines. In 2010 he moved to the Netherlands to experience life in a new culture, with a denser social setting and now transverses the globe working into 2017.