Aurora Anaya-Cerda

Senior Manager of Community Relations & Outreach

Aurora is passionate about the arts and their ability to activate public spaces to develop stronger communities. As Levitt LA’s Senior Manager of Community Relations & Outreach, she manages community engagement and partnerships, including the Community Advisory Council. Her previous work has been as an educator in East Los Angeles, curator at Casa 0101 in Boyle Heights, and program manager at El Museo del Barrio in New York City. In 2008, Aurora founded La Casa Azul Bookstore, a platform to feature writers and artists of color. She brings more than 15 years of experience in outreach, audience engagement and programming, with an emphasis on creating and supporting spaces that foster the visual, literary and performing arts in underserved neighborhoods. Her favorite genres of music are Cumbia, Salsa and Norteño.

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Matthew Himes

Director of Programming & Production

With years of experience in the Southern California arts scene, along with booking international and local talent across jazz, rock, Latin music and more, Matthew curates the stellar lineup of 50 free concerts as Levitt LA’s Director of Programming & Production. Before joining Levitt, he was also festival director at Eagle Rock Music Festival, production manager at Spaceland Presents, and has produced events for festivals like Desert Daze, Cloak & Dagger, Echo Park Rising and KCRW’s Masquerade Ball. He has also served as live audio engineer for artists like Vince Staples, The Lemonheads, Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions. In addition, Matthew was a co-founder of L.A. Fort, a cooperative artistic space that encourages collaboration between diverse artists. He loves listening to shoegaze, Afrobeat and Tropicália music, among other genres.

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