About Us

We aim to alter the arc of human history through the creation of transformational works of public art. Our mission is to produce contemporary art with civic impact, social activation and global reach to stimulate a culture of genorosity and collaboration.

History

Illuminate the Arts was established to help bring The Bay Lights into existence. We were a small and passionate group of friends driven by a singular goal. Working together and lifted by an extensive constellation of generous believers—we succeeded. On March 5, 2013, the monumental artwork we envisioned with artist Leo Villareal flickered to life.

Then something strange and powerful happened—the world dropped its collective jaw. Response to The Bay Lights is so far reaching and profound that it has lit a path beyond itself. Illuminate the Arts, a nonprofit organization formed in pursuit of a singular goal, has been shown its true mission—its reason for existing—by the project it brought to life.

The aim of art is higher than art, and so Illuminate the Arts aims very high. Our highly aspirational mission of changing humanity’s future for the better via public art—some would call it impossible—is a reflection of our core beliefs. The best of our projects will always be radically accessible, free to experience and widely viewable.

Our Team

Michael Gaines

Co-Chair

Felix Ejeckam

Co-Chair

Dennis Bartels

Director

Timothy Childs

Director

Drusie Davis

Director

Christina Hardbridge

Director

Shervin Pishevar

Director

Maureen Birdsall

Director

Careers

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At ITA, you will join a gifted group of designers, thinkers, doers and generally inventive people.

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810 5th Avenue Suite 200
San Rafael, California
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