Clockshop—where arts studio meets environmental lab.

Photo: Gina Clyne

Clockshop is an arts and culture organization that seeks to generate social change through the transformation of public space.

We collaborate with artists, activists, researchers, educators, curators, institutions and our neighbors to reframe how we view public space. Our work activates portals to revisit the past and reimagine possible futures.

We bring this mission to our partnership with California State Parks at Los Angeles State Historic Park in Chinatown and at the Bowtie Project, an underused public space along the Los Angeles River. Together, we work with our community in shaping the future of the city.

Clockshop was founded by filmmaker Julia Meltzer in 2004 and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We do not accept unsolicited portfolios or proposals.

Contact

info [at] clockshop.org

Location

2806 Clearwater Street
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Clockshop is located in a former porcelain mold factory in Frogtown, adjacent to the LA River. We share our space with elysian, an event venue run by David Thorne and his dedicated staff, as well as LA-Más, an urban design non-profit that helps lower-income and underserved communities shape their future through policy and architecture.

Many Clockshop events happen at the Bowtie Parcel (2780 W. Casitas Ave. 90039), a river-adjacent parcel of land owned by California State Parks. Learn more about our partnership here. Clockshop has also executed projects on LA city streets, and at various partner institutions, such as California Institute of the Arts, the Huntington, and Armory Center for the Arts.

Work Opportunities

Job Openings

We currently do not have any open positions – please check back soon!

 


Volunteer

Clockshop welcomes volunteers in many forms – document an event, assist an artist in production, check-in guests, etc. As a small organization with an ambitious schedule, we are happy to have all the help we can get. Sign up here.

Accessibility

Clockshop is committed to ensuring accessibility and removing barriers to our artist projects and programs for individuals with disabilities. From the inception of every project by working with our partners (in this case the Los Angeles State Historic Park and California State Parks) and our collaborations with artists and other contributors, we work towards considering how an audience and specifically people with disabilities can interact, engage, and connect with our artist projects. Central to removing barriers is thinking about how an audience member with disabilities will experience a work of art, especially within a public setting—and the way in which a work of art can be most welcoming for all audiences, including visitors with physical impairments, intellectual disabilities, mental health conditions, or vision or hearing disabilities, with examples such as creating audio guides for visually impaired or blind audiences that provide a visual description tour of an artist’s installation.

Los Angeles State Historic Park, where all of our recent and upcoming exhibitions and accompanying programs took / will take place, is fully accessible, including the Welcome Station/Visitor Center and parking lot. Pathways within the park, which are a mixture of pavement, boardwalk, and compacted dirt, are accessible. Accessible parking and restrooms are available. More information about accessibility at the park can be requested at  (Phone: (916) 445-8949). Upon requests for assistance regarding Clockshop programming content, we will make programmatic aspects of our projects available in accessible alternative formats, including but not limited to sign language, amplification, and priority seating. Requests can be made at .

People

Staff

Sue Bell Yank

Sue Bell Yank, Executive Director

Sue Bell Yank is a writer, curator, educator, and arts administrator, and is formerly the Deputy Director at 18th Street Arts Center. She has worked in arts, entertainment, and public schools for nearly 20 years, including as Associate Director of Academic Programs at the Hammer Museum, where she formed city-wide partnerships triangulating communities, the arts, and schools. She created an online education platform for the Oprah Winfrey Network, and has worked as a teacher and curriculum specialist in and out of public schools. Her expertise lies in art with social impact, public art installations, cultural programming with community partnerships, strategic communications and digital marketing, and organizational strategy. Her interest in urban planning and affordable cities led her to create a six-episode podcast about housing in Los Angeles called Paved Paradise. She teaches at UCLA, frequently writes about socially engaged art practice and pedagogy, and has been a Field Researcher for A Blade of Grass and Asian Arts Initiative. She is the Chair of the City of Glendale Arts & Culture Commission, and has consulted with a wide range of nonprofits on audience development, strategic planning, and visioning in the arts under the auspices of the California Arts Council, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and the City of West Hollywood. Yank received a BA from Harvard University and an MA in Public Art Studies from the University of Southern California.

sue [at] clockshop.org

 

Julia Meltzer

Julia Meltzer, Founder and Senior Advisor of Community and Government Partnerships

Julia Meltzer believes in the power of art to build and transform communities and has worked to create opportunities for the marriage of art and advocacy for nearly three decades as a filmmaker and the founding director of Clockshop. For nearly 20 years Clockshop has commissioned over 30 artists’ projects, convened hundreds of programs attended by thousands of people and formed a successful partnership with California State Parks on an 18-acre post-industrial parcel of land along the Los Angeles River called Bowtie. As an artist and filmmaker, Meltzer’s work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Sharjah Biennial, and toured with the Sundance Film Forward Program. Her feature documentaries The Light in Her Eyes (2011) and Dalya’s Other Country (2017) were broadcast on PBS’s POV series.. Meltzer is a recipient of a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and was a Senior Fulbright Fellow in Damascus, Syria.

julia.meltzer [at] clockshop.orgjuliameltzerfilms.com | meltzerthorne.com

 

Leonardo Bravo, Director of Curatorial and Strategic Programs

Leonardo Bravo is an artist, educator, and curator. His work in the non-profit arts field has exemplified how building public and private partnerships can highlight the power of the arts to transform and catalyze vulnerable and underserved communities. He is the founder and organizer of Big City Forum, an interdisciplinary, social practice and curatorial research project that brings attention to emergent practices across design, architecture, and the arts. From 2008 to 2015 he was the Director of School of Programs for The Music Center and from 2016 to 2019 he was the Director of Education and Public Programs with the Palm Springs Art Museum. Most recently, Mr. Bravo was the Chief Program Officer for the Cayton Children’s Museum in Santa Monica, CA. Leonardo Bravo received his MFA from the University of Southern California and his BFA from Otis College of Art & Design.

leonardo [at] clockshop.org

 

cat yang, Project Manager

cat yang lives and works in Koreatown, Los Angeles. She is a cultural worker, organizer, and writer. Her work centers on advancing equity by producing art, design, research, communications, and public programming as tools to make space public and personal. With experience in the arts and culture landscape and social justice spaces, she thrives when working with artists and local communities on dynamic projects and programs to imagine and build a more informed and inclusive city. She is on the Steering Committee of GYOPO and a co-organizer of Ktown For Black Lives. Yang received a BA from UCLA in Geography.

cat [at] clockshop.org

 

Hugo Garcia

Hugo Garcia, Director of Community Engagement

Hugo Garcia is the Clockshop Director of Community Engagement. Hugo also serves as the Campaign Coordinator for Environmental Justice at Esperanza Community Housing. He brings over 30 years of community organizing and engagement experience across several environmental and social justice campaigns throughout the City of Los Angeles. He specializes in building strategic partnerships and successful organizing strategies. A lifelong resident of East Los Angeles, Hugo also has experience in teaching and employment development, having served as Director of the 2nd largest youth employment development program in the city of Los Angeles.

hugo [at] clockshop.org

 

Rhombie Sandoval

Rhombie Sandoval, Social Media Coordinator

Rhombie Sandoval is a photographer and storyteller currently residing in Southern California. Her entry into photography started after receiving a camera as a gift from the Make A Wish Foundation, a gesture arranged on her behalf due to being born with heart disease. With the camera, Sandoval realized she could navigate her shyness and connect with people using the camera as a tool to understand various vantage points, searching for and highlighting the common themes linked to one’s identity and location. Sandoval later studied Photography at Art Center College of Design. She is also the founder of Anywhere Blvd, a platform which features portrait photographers by promoting the narratives of their subjects.

rhombie [at] clockshop.org

 

Tina Miyakawa, Graphic Designer

Tina Miyakawa is a graphic designer and educator living and working in Los Angeles. She received her BFA and MFA in design from Otis College of Art and Design, where she currently teaches. For the last 10 years she has worked with various institutions including SCI-Arc, Craft Contemporary, Poketo, and Apple. Her personal practice investigates food, agriculture and our relationship to the environment.

tina [at] clockshop.org


Primary Photographer

Gina Clyne, Freelance Photographer

Gina Clyne is a photographer, graphic designer, and book binder living and working in Los Angeles. She studied at Otis College of Art & Design from 2001 to 2005, where she majored in Fine Art Photography. Since 2012, Gina has directed her energy towards building a photography business, shooting event-based projects throughout Los Angeles and beyond, while simultaneously collaborating with local musicians and artists, contributing documentary/press photography and graphic design for album art and other ephemera.

ginaclyne.com


Board Members

Andy Wong, President
York Chang, Vice-President
Ashley Hunt, Secretary
Meldia Yesayan, Treasurer
Alia Ali
Beatriz Cortez
William Deverell
Beth Gibb
Tracy Gray
Julia Meltzer
David Delgado Shorter
Cynthia Vargas

Core Values and How We Work

Clockshop is firmly dedicated to having and maintaining a staff and board that is diverse and equitable. We work to consistently embrace and reflect a multiplicity of voices and perspectives. Clockshop stands firm against all forms of injustice, inequality and racism, including ways that they assert themselves within the field of art and culture.

As an organization and board we are committed to building a more just world and art institutions and public space that reflect and contribute to it, where we leverage our privilege by opening new doors for creative opportunities especially for underrepresented and emerging artists.

Clockshop has three main venues — our office and event space in Frogtown, Los Angeles State Historic Park, and the Bowtie Parcel a former rail yard owned by California State Parks. We also work with larger institutions throughout Los Angeles on collaborative and often thematic programming.  

When commissioning artists, Clockshop takes responsibility for securing project funding. Project budgets always include an artist honorarium. Clockshop works as a collaborative producer providing guidance at all stages of project development.

When commissioning new work for the Bowtie, Clockshop partners with artists who are willing to spend a significant amount of time inhabiting and engaging with the site. We support artists who view a Bowtie commission as a valuable opportunity to experiment with their practice in a raw, post-industrial, urban landscape.

Clockshop regularly hosts panel discussions and conversations about big issues that affect both Angelenos, and the world at large. These events aim to empower attendees by making complex ideas more accessible through in-depth conversations with personable experts.

Finally, through our partnership with California State Parks, Clockshop provides land-based education programming for Angelenos of all ages. Programs have included overnight campouts at the Bowtie, field trips with nearby schools, and a nature interpretation program for local youth.

Clockshop does not accept unsolicited proposals.

Annual Reports

Select Press

2021

“Kites take flight over Los Angeles State Historic Park”Daily News, 2021

2020

“Proposed aerial gondola for Dodgers fans ignites controversy at Los Angeles State Historic Park”Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 2020

“WHERE DO WE GO: ARTS CALENDAR OCTOBER 14-20”Shana Nys Dambrot, LA Weekly, 2020

“VIDEO ART PICK: CARMEN ARGOTE’S LAST LIGHT, Shana Nys Dambrot,  LA Weekly, 2020

“Walking LA’s Empty Streets During the COVID-19 Pandemic”, by Elisa Wouk Almino, Hyperallergic, 2020

“Walking LA’s Empty Streets During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Elisa Wouk Almino, Hyperallergic, 2020
“We were being erased”: The woman who saved California’s Black history,
Liam O’Donoghue, East Bay Yesterday, 2020
What Preservation Takes,
Ryan S. Jeffery, X-TRA, 2020
The Pioneering Black Historian Who Was Almost Erased From History
, Jill Cowan, The New York Times, California Today, 2020
High and Dry, Low and Wet: Some Thoughts on Hatch at the Bowtie Project Rachel Elizabeth Jones, LA Review of Books, 2020
Artists Re-imagine Thomas More’s Utopia at the Huntington Janna Zinzi, KCET, 2020

2019

2018

“The Bowtie Offers a Rare Refuge Along the L.A. River”, Ruxandra Guidi, Bear Guerra, KCET

“Artists Are Using Augmented Reality to Install Virtual Works in Powerful Places”, Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, 2018

‘Frogtown Without Frogs: The Changing Ecology of the Bowtie Parcel and the L.A. River’ Ruxandra Guidi and Bear Guerra, KCET, 2018
‘The Evolution of the Bowtie Parcel Contains Clues to the Future of Los Angeles’ Ruxandra Guidi and Bear Guerra, KCET, 2018
‘Artists Are Using Augmented Reality to Install Virtual Works in Powerful Places’ Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, 2018
‘Simultaneities: Beatriz Cortez Interviewed by Rafa Esparza’ Rafa Esparza, BOMB Magazine, 2018
‘How 5 Artists in the Hammer Museum’s Made in LA Biennial Are Using Their Work to Imagine Alternative Futures’ 
Janelle Zara, Artnet, 2018
‘L.A. Literary events to enliven your spring’ 
Carolyn Kellog, Los Angeles Times, 2018
‘Adobe, Dust, and Water: Rafa Esparza and Rebeca Hernandez’s building: a simulacrum of power’ 
Gwyneth Shanks, X-TRA, 2018

2017

’11 Podcasts About L.A. You Must Subscribe to ASAP’ Thomas Harlander, Los Angeles Magazine, 2017
‘Remembering Octavia Butler’ Scott Timberg, Salon, 2017

2016

‘Listen to ‘Next Up: The LA River’ Mini-Session #6: Julia Meltzer (Clockshop) and Elizabeth Timme (LA-Más)’ Amelia Taylor-Hochberg, Archinect, 2016
‘Inside the Octavia Butler Archives With L.A. Writer Lynell George’ 
Julia Wick, LAist, 2016
‘Celebrating Octavia Butler’ 
Kevin Durkin, Verso, 2016
‘Octavia Butler’s Legacy, Impact, and Afrofuturism Celebrated’ 
Jazelle Hunt, NBC News, 2016
‘Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts Announces Recipients of Inaugural Grants’
 Artforum, 2016 ‘Celebrating Octavia Butler: A visionary among futurists’ Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, 2016
‘Remembering unsung science-fiction hero/Genius Grant winner Octavia Butler’ 
Tom Carroll, Off-Ramp, KPCC, 2016
‘LA Celebrates Science Fiction Legend Octavia E. Butler With a Year of Events’
 Cheryl Eddy, io9, 2016

2015

“The Bowtie Parcel’s Narrative Landscape”, Carren Jao, KCET
‘An Authentic, Nourishing Persian-Jewish Dinner—in Los Angeles’ Merissa Nathan Gerson, Tablet, 2015
‘Dive deep into the history of the LA river via audio tour’ A. Martinez, Take Two, KPCC, 2015
‘Currents, Chapter One: On the Banks under the Bloodmoon’ 
Katie Antonsson, Ampersand, 2015
Best New Performance Art Stage (2015) Catherine Wagley, LA Weekly BEST OF LA, 2015
‘The Best Non-Profit Art Spaces in Los Angeles’ 
Lauren McQuade, ArtSlant, 2015
‘Clockshop brings dance to the banks of the LA River’ 
Robert Garrova, The Frame, KPCC, 2015
‘The Agenda: This Week in Los Angeles’
 Art in America, 2015
‘How to Enjoy the L.A. River Before Its $1.2 Billion Revamp’
 Lila Higgins, LA Mag, 2015
‘taisha paggett and WXPT bring dance to the LA River’ 
Delirious, LA, Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, 2015
‘This Performance Art Space Gives You A Cool New Reason To Visit The L.A. River’ Carol Cheh, LA Weekly, 2015
‘The bowtie project, clockshop la, and the transformation of the la river’ The Family Savvy, LA Edition, 2015
‘5 Free Art Shows You Should See in L.A. This Week’ Catherine Wagley, LA Weekly, 2015
‘Hyperallergic ArtRx LA’ 
Matt Stromberg, HYPERALLERGIC, 2015
‘Con/Safos: Art in the L.A. River’ 
Evan Moffitt, Paris, LA, 2015
‘A Dream for the Bowtie Parcel, Intro: What is the Bowtie?’
 CalPark Voices, 2015
‘The Bowtie Parcel’s Narrative Landscape’
 Carren Jao, Artbound, 2015
‘Free weekend? Free chocolate, Bill Murray and Happy Hour Week’ 
Kristen Lepore, Daniella Segura, and Jennifer Velez, KPCC, 2015

2014

‘Notes on Looking; Rafa Esparza / Elizabeth Sonenberg Interview’ Notes on Looking, 2014
‘Sounds, tastes of Middle East, North Africa converge at Clockshop in L.A.’ 
Jessica Ritz, Jewish Journal, 2014
‘Clockshop’s The Bowtie Project’ 
Stacy Conde, Art Nerd Los Angeles, 2014
‘Gender Bending: Clockshop Presents the “My Atlas” Series’ 
Arianna Schioldager, alphasixty blog, 2014
‘My Atlas: Discovering the Real Female Traveler’ 
Dariush Azimi, Lady Clever, LA, 2014
‘My Atlas’
 Rachel Morrison, Paris, LA, 2014
‘LA River Hosted Its First-Ever Public Campout This Weekend’ 
Bianca Barragan, Curbed LA, 2014
‘Camping on Concrete at the LA River’ 
DnA on KCRW, 2014
‘The First Ever L.A. River Campout’ 
LAist, 2014
‘Camping out by the L.A. River’ 
The Eastsider LA, 2014
‘Artist hopes public art piece will help re-envision city, nature’
 Brittany Levine, LA Times, 2014
‘The Unfinished: A Temporary Public Sculpture by Michael Parker’ Rachael Morrison, Paris, LA, 2014
‘KCET Artbound; The Unfinished’
 5 Articles, Julia Meltzer, Anne Walsh, Michael Parker, Maggie Geoga, and Allison Carruth, KCET’s Artbound, 2014
‘Viewpoints: What’s next in Frogtown’s Future?’
 Julia Meltzer, The Eastsider LA,  2014

2011

‘War and the Sentence Fragment’ Anne Shea, X-TRA, 2011

2004

‘Billboard Oases’ Holly Willis, LA Weekly, 2004
‘Images with a drive-by impact’ 
Scott Timberg, LA Times, 2004

Support

Clockshop is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and relies on the generosity of government, foundation, and corporate support, as well as individual donors. Donations can be made at anytime here. As an artist-run organization, Clockshop has a strong conviction that producers of culture should be paid for their time and engagement. All Clockshop participants—artists, writers, performers, activists, chefs—are compensated. Clockshop’s programs have been supported by:


   


              

        


           


   

             

             

Additional supporters include the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation, Martha Bardach, Karen Hillenburg, and numerous other private donors.