Our team includes Local Artists, Art Enthusiast, Compton Natives and people just like you . Think you would be a good fit? Email us to get in touch Comptonartistsalliance@gmail.com
We got our start in the city of Compton in 2017. Our first meetings were held at local restaurants and at the homes of a few of our Compton neighbors who believed in us. Our team was built based on a genuine love for the arts and the community of Compton and it’s surrounding cities; which make Compton “The Hub“ City”. We know the true history of Compton and the stories of the Artists that’s have submerged from this great city and we also know what image the world tries to paint. We believed that the Art Community needed to be revived and the local Artists elevated. We have curated a handful of successful Art Galleries, Film and Artists Discussions, Music events, sponsored Artists to travel internationally, encouraged Artists to push themselves to new levels, Collaborated with other foundations in and outside of the city of Compton and created spaces for the youth to express their creativity. We’ve been active going on 4 years and we aren’t slowing down. If anything we have been learning more and growing towards bringing Artists of all kinds together to create and expand the Art Culture in the city of Compton Ca.
We focus on actively contributing, supporting and educating the Artists community in Compton, Ca. That includes but is not limited to their participation in the arts economy, providing opportunities for professional and personal development, while continuously supporting collaborative projects, and continued arts education.
Corey Nash started community organizing in 2013 under Ms. Cynthia Nunn at Sylvia Nunn’s Angels in the city of Compton. She opened her doors and gave him an opportunity to engage the public through numerous free events for the community. With her support, he developed a live Hip-Hop discussion forum called Rap Sessions. The sessions has evolved into a civil service vehicle and pop-up style concert series to highlight independent artists. Rap Sessions was the vehicle he created to cultivate community of artists and support the surrounding area by providing resources. After a few years of organizing events and partnering with other non-profits, a mentor of his named Greta Mandell approached him about developing a non-profit to support artists of all mediums in Compton and beyond. In 2017, with the help of Shields and The Compton Artists Alliance Board Members they were able to establish a non-profit to support all types of artists, not just musicians. The organization has taken form and Corey is currently active as the President of the Compton Artists’s Alliance.
Rosie Shields began her art career in her hometown of Los Angeles, CA at the age of 18. She is a Multi-Medium Fine Artist, Published Author, Business Owner, Art Curator and previous elementary school Art Teacher. She met Corey Nash in 2017 and after a brief aquaintance a business partnership was formed. With a great deal of passion, structure and love for the arts Shields and Nash wth the mentorship of Greta Mandell CEO of The Compton Arts Council, Professor Akinsanya Kambon and Mrs. Kambon over The Pan African Art Museum, Mayor Aja Brown and Compton city staff, The Compton Artists Alliance Board members, Local Artists and Art Enthusiasts alike. From these connections and collaborations the Compton Artists Alliance was formed and have been going and growing for the past 3 years.
Charlotte "Arikai" Tabeson has worked in Public Relations since 2016, when she worked her first Sundance Film Festival as the assistant to the festival's New Frontier Category publicist. From that point on, she's continued to work with creators who are first-timers, emerging artists, and innovative thinkers at festivals like SXSW, Tribeca FF, Venice Biennale (FF), Moogfest, the Los Angeles Museum of Broken Relationships and more. While she's worked with a mix of creators in film, fine art, and music, she took to the world of immersive and virtual/augmented/ reality tech and storytelling because of out-of-the-box creations and boundary-pushing potential of the medium—she has been blessed to work on groundbreaking projects like "SPHERES" VR series (Eliza McNitt, EP'd by Darren Aronofsky
), "Awavena" VR experience (Lynette Wallworth), "The Last Goodbye" VR experiences (Gabo Arora & Ari Palitz in collaboration with USC Shoa Foundation), and "Greenland Melting" VR experience (Nonny de la Peña aka the Godmother of VR, in collaboration with PBS' NOVA) among many others.
In her personal time, Arikai enjoys the outdoors, hiking in the surrounding LA area, taking care of her potted garden, finding new music and creators, dancing and spending quality time with family. She has continued to stay involved with the Compton based org RapSessions, Compton Artists Alliance 501c non-profit. Arikai has a passion for natural self-care remedies, sustainable living, and staying connected to her roots in Cameroon, West Africa.
Temu Asyr Bey is an established plant based chef, urban farmer, fashion designer, entrepreneur, part time OURstorian, health coach, student of the MDW NTR & now author. He is highly regarded in his community for his holistic approach towards culinary arts and health. Temu received his degree in culinary arts from Le Cordon Bleu. His goal is to live and show others how to live a self-sustainable lifestyle where they can connect to the natural sources of energy, and a live in a higher nature of consciousness through a whole approach to a Divine Creator -like way of living. He is the Co Founder of Dedication Catering ; a Plant Based Catering & digital products company. He’s also the CEO of Divine Spirit Design & Engineering. The director of the Compton Community Garden. He became a Board Member of the Compton Artists Alliance to aid bridging culinary arts into the local arts economy
Emile Ovasi is Gg the StoryTeller, she is also known as Ghetto Gospel, the spoken rap artist. With her first CD titled, ‘I Don’t Understand Christianz’ in 2005, and hosting her own open mic, ‘Hotwordz Presents, ‘Relax, It’s Just Poetry’, she moved on to produce Hotwordz Lyrical Theatre, an open mic show with its first start on Collabo Radio in Atlanta, GA.
After 11 years, the show moved from BlogTalkRadio to Accelerated Radio in Inglewood, CA, in February, 2020. She is a poet and after going to her first open mic in 2003 at the Kotton Club in Los Angeles, CA. , she was hooked. As a writer and photographer, she records her surroundings and stories in an effort to reach those who may be experiencing the same stories. She was born and raised on the west side of Compton, Ca. and have seen so many changes in the community. In 2017, she joined Compton Artist Alliance and later became one of the board members. With her words, she uses her voice to speak to those fighting the good fight on the grassroots level in hopes of a real change In communities. Everyone is not cut out for politics, however, it is through her creativity, she feels action speaks louder than words
Our purpose of hosting this type of Film Festival is to highlight fresh and new stories crafted by directors, writers, actors/actresses, and producers whose work has been featured in less than 3 film festivals. We want to create a space to encourage and highlight new stories in both live action and animated short films. The "Under 3 Film Fest" aims to set a precedent for showcasing independent artists and up-and-coming talent directly to Compton, California and beyond. Your participation in this film fest helps the Compton Artists Alliance fulfill it's mission of showcasing talent in Compton to help further develop the art community in the city. This digital showcase will help lay our foundation for our future film festivals. Your art will help to inspire more writers, film-makers, actors, actresses, and producers for future generations.
10/30 - Private Screening & Panel Discussion
11/15 - 11/30- Virtual Film Festival (Online ONLY)
11/27 - Film Screening “A Night In The Garden”
Your generous donation will help to fund our mission.
COMPTON ARTISTS ALLIANCE
The Team in Johannesburg South Africa 2019 beautification project with Boekenhout Elementary School
Black Excellence “Black History” Art Gallery 2018
Women’s Art Gallery 2019
Street Art work Johannesburg South Africa 2018
Johannesburg South Africa : Collaboration with Rap Sessions and Sole Custody created custom shoes for the students of Boekenhout elementary.
Women’s Art Gallery 2019