Christopher Carrera Named to President Joe Biden’s President’s Advisory Committee on The Arts

Christopher Carrera has joined the Committee

U.S. President Joe Biden has appointed 14 members to the President’s Advisory Committee on The Arts, in which they will serve as representatives for the Kennedy Center, including the Latino businessman.

The White HouseCarrera, who serves as president of Carrera-Willowbridge, LLC, was previously a Partner in the Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he began his career as a summer intern in high school. Carrera serves on the board of the FDNY Foundation and is Treasurer of his co-op building. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and was a former member of the Board of Overseers of the College of Arts and Sciences. Carrera also served as a Trustee of Riverdale Country School.

He joins a roster of committee members that includes Andi Bernstein, partner at venture capital firm The 98;  arts advocates Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and Barbara Gamson; philanthropist Melissa Hedden; Lorna Johnson, chair and CEO of LMJ Global Enterprises;  busineswoman and author Bonnie Lautenberg; P.R. and public affairs strategist Allison PutalaSunil Puri, CEO and founder of First Midwest GroupCharles Pohlad, director at Pohlad Investment Management, LLCDiane Robertson, documentary producer and proprietor of a horticultural design firm; residential and commercial developer Thomas Safran; and Andrew Tavakoli, principal and CEO of Tavaco Properties.

Eugene William Stetson III, senior fellow at The Atlantic Council and a film producer, will serve as chair.

The President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts was established in 1958 by President Dwight Eisenhower. According to the Kennedy Center, its members are considered a “national network” for the arts center.

The Kennedy Center also has a board of trustees, chaired by David Rubenstein, and its members also are appointed by the president.

Another arts board, the National Council on the Arts, advises the National Endowment for the Arts. Another group, the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, was an advisory committee to the president’s administration, but President Donald Trump did not renew its authority in 2017 after all of its members resigned.

J Balvin to Emcee This Year’s Beyond the Streets Virtual Art Fair

J Balvin is taking things beyond the streets… 

The 36-year-old Colombian singer/rapper will serve as the emcee for this year’s Beyond the Streets art fair, a celebration of graffiti and street art.

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During the two-day virtual art fair, taking place on December 1 and December 2 on the NTWRK app, J Balvin will emcee different artwork drops and host various discussions with top artists.

“Balvin is a known art collector and has a clear vision for aesthetics. His home is a sanctuary where art is the protagonist, making him the perfect emcee for this year’s Beyond the Streets,” notes an official press statement.

Further expanding his partnership with the livestream shopping platform, Balvin’s integrated role will include daily episodes where he’ll be joined by Cleon Peterson, Beyond the Streets’ artistic director and L.A.-based photographer Estevan Oriol; in-depth art conversations with Peterson, Oriol, DABSMYLA, and Gustavo Zermeño Jr., that will dive deeper into today’s art landscape and the creative process behind their work; and exclusive limited-edition product releases by Balvin in collaboration with DABSMYLA.

This year’s Beyond the Streets, curated by graffiti historian Roger Gastman, will feature a lineup of artists, designers, and brands, including Bert Krak, CB Hoyo, DABSMYLA with Late Lunch, MADSAKI, Mike GIANT, Mister Cartoon, Takashi Murakami, POSE, Spacebrat and Wild Style with Vic Mensa, to name a few.

The virtual art festival, which is “mainstay for art fans and continues Gastman’s vision as a longtime champion of graffiti as a contemporary art form,” will also launch exclusive products across fine art, collectibles, apparel, and home goods.

Miguel Taking Part in Undercurrent’s Inaugural Climate Crisis-Themed Exhibition

Miguel is caught in the undercurrent…

The 35-year-old half-Mexican American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor, whose full name is Miguel Jontel Pimentel, is taking part in new cause-oriented experiential platform Undercurrent’s first-ever event on September 9, 2021.


Undercurrent, which merges the worlds of music, technology and the visual arts, will house the event in a two-story, 60,000-square-foot space in Brooklyn.

In addition to Miguel, the inaugural climate crisis-themed exhibition will feature a series of immersive, interactive exhibits developed by musical artists including Bon IverJorja SmithActress, Khruangbin, Aluna, Jayda G, Mount Kimbie and Nosaj Thing, with more to be announced.

Established by music industry veterans Steve Milton and Brett Volker, Undercurrent was designed to offer a new way for audiences to experience music while also inspiring them to get involved with social causes.

“We see it as a new medium for which artists and musicians can create, and hopefully new ways that they can engage with their audiences and their fans,” says Volker. He adds that the event will raise awareness and funds for three main environmental non-profits — Kiss the Ground, Ocean Conservancy, and/or Global Forest Generation — all of which created their own installations to spread awareness of their specific causes while offering ways for attendees to donate.

Attendees shouldn’t expect actual live performances; though all of the artists involved will likely make an appearance at some point during the exhibition’s six-week run.

Aside from showcasing Undercurrent’s work, the goal of the fall event is to inspire attendees to think more deeply about the climate crisis while donating money to its non-profit partners (Undercurrent is making direct donations to the organizations, while guests will be given multiple opportunities to donate on-site). Long-term, Milton and Volker hope to use it as a launching pad for future exhibitions with a focus on other important causes. “There are so many different ways that we could evolve this,” Milton says.

Tickets for Undercurrent start at $45 and go on sale today.

For more information, click here.

J Balvin Discusses Artist Fernando Botero’s ’20 de Julio’ as Part of Google Arts & Culture’s Art Zoom Series

J Balvin is offering up a virtual art lesson…

The 35-year-old Colombian singer is lending his voice as a narrator for the second installation of Google Arts & Culture‘s Art Zoom series.

Balvin joins a roster of participating artists that includes

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Grimes, FKA twigsTWICE‘s Chaeyoung, Ellie Goulding and The 1975‘s Matty Healy.

Fans can embark on a different kind of tour with their favorite artists telling the stories behind the world’s most famous masterpieces. And by using Google’s giga-pixel Art Camera, they can zoom in on any artwork with brushstroke-level can check here art related information

The new Art Zoom series features the Renaissance works coming out of Europe, with Grimes’ lively exploration of Pieter Bruegel the Elder‘s apocalyptic The Fall of Rebel Angels. Meanwhile, MAGDALENEsinger FKA twigs appropriately presents Artemisia Gentileschi’s Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy.

Balvin reminisces on the chaos and hope inColombian figurative artist and sculptor Fernando Botero’s 20 de Julio. His signature style, also known as “Boterismo“, depicts people and figures in large, exaggerated volume, which can represent political criticism or humor, depending on the piece.