Side Street Projects is an entirely mobile artist-run organization that gives artists of all ages the ability and the means to support their creative endeavors. We teach artists how to roll up their sleeves and do things themselves with education programs that encourage self-reliance and creative problem solving in a contemporary art context. Each year we serve over 10,000 individual (adult) artists and over 2,500 children.

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We are in the back of John Muir High School off of Canada Ave. at Casitas Ave. right next door to Muir Ranch.

Go north on Lincoln, first left on Casitas (small street) after the 210 overpass.

(626) 798-7774 [office]


[MAIL] PO Box 90432. Pasadena, CA 91109.

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Meet Our Team

Emily Hopkins
Emily HopkinsExecutive Director
Emily Hopkins is an artist and the executive director of Side Street Projects. Emily works to develop sustainable, community-based systems that connect working artists directly to communities. She is committed to hands-on, standards-based art programs for K-12 that appeal to multiple intelligences and incorporate into core curriculum. Emily serves on the art curriculum advisory committee for the Pasadena Unified School District (DAT CAT), and the advisory board for John Muir High School’s Arts Entertainment & Media Academy. Emily has a BFA & MA from CalArts and lives and works in Pasadena.
Frances Kao
Frances KaoOperations Manager
Frances studied furniture design at RISD where first hand experience and constant revision played an important role in her discovery process. In the near future, she hopes to combine her design practice with an educational platform that enables people to create customizable designs through problem solving and hands on experience.
Blue Broxton
Blue BroxtonCommunity Manager & Teaching Artist
Blue Broxton is an artist and an educator. She graduated in 2012 with honors from Otis College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration. Blue primarily works in the mediums of oil painting and pencil creating photorealistic images. Her work explores creating mythologies about local native species and cultural groups. She facilitates collaborative
mural projects including an upcoming mural on Side Street Projects’ new Woodworking Bus.
Steven Rodriguez
Steven RodriguezCommunications Manager & Teaching Artist
Steven Rodriguez is an LA based artist & educator studying Graphic Design at Cal State Los Angeles. He works in various mediums including performance, bookmaking, sculpture and digital media arts. His practice is centered mostly on collaborative socially engaged projects that merge arts education with community building strategies. In 2012 he participated in the Mexicali Biennial at the Vincent Price Art Museum, Olga Koumoundouros’s Dream House Resource Center at the Hammer Museum and the (dis)junctions Media Festival at UC Riverside. 
Morgan Street
Morgan StreetSite Manager & Teaching Artist
Morgan is a maker of many things and a firm believer in getting ones hands dirty. Morgan is primarily an artist and craftsperson, designing and fabricating custom woodwork and metalwork for film and television as well as residential and commercial spaces in New York, Los Angeles and Rhode Island. She is also a teaching artist in many disciplines and manages the fabrication shop at Beam Camp. In her personal studio practice Morgan produces prints, sculptures and sounds, often merging mediums to create new realities. She holds a Bachelors of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Visit her website at www.yesmorganstreet.com

Margaret Adachi
Margaret AdachiTeaching Artist
Margaret Adachi is a studio artist working in sculptural installation. She often casts animals as stand-ins for humans in ways that investigate the funny and sometimes tragic predicaments of daily life. A graduate of Pitzer College and Claremont Graduate University, Margaret has exhibited locally as well as nationally and internationally, in solo and group shows.
Karla Aguiñiga
Karla AguiñigaTeaching Artist
Is artist and educator working and living in Los Angeles. She is currently a teaching artist for Side Street Projects and Public Programs assistant at the Hammer Museum. She has worked as a 2nd and 3rd grade art teacher in the LAUSD, as a teaching assistant for high school painting classes at UCLA, and has lead workshop with the art collective Art In Nature since 2011. She has been a studio assistant for artists Edgar Arceneaux and Tanya Aguiñiga, and has worked in three commercial art galleries. She was born in the U.S. and raised in Tijuana, Mexico. She received her BA in Art with a minor in Art Education from UCLA in 2011. Her work is currently sold at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art museum store, Freehand Gallery,Reform School and Fifth Floor Gallery.
Kelly Austin
Kelly AustinTeaching Artist
Kelly Austin is proud to be the longest employed Side Street Projects member as a Teaching Artist (14 years!), working with Side Street Project’s Woodworking Program. The other side of life, Kelly owns a business management company, teaching small business owners a myriad of organizational development skills to run their businesses to their upmost potential. She is also involved working with clients going through major life changes, guiding the logistical and financial processes, helping these folks to move on to the next chapter in their lives. Kelly has over 30 years business experience and has worked with over 20 different industries.
K. Bradford
K. BradfordTeaching Artist
K. Bradford is a writer, interdisciplinary artist, educator, cultural worker and arts producer living in Los Angeles. K.’s work has appeared in experimental performance venues around the U.S. and in publications such as the LA Review of Books, Slag Glass City, Trop, Gulf Coast, Web Del Sol’s In Posse Review, and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. She has received scholarships and residencies from Tin House Writers Workshop, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, amongst others. Before moving to LA, K. taught poetry and literature at Columbia College Chicago for eight years where she was also the head of the LGBTQ Office of Culture & Community. K. also founded and directed annual performance spectacles as well as innovative arts programs for underserved communities in Austin and Chicago. A recent graduate of CalArts, K. holds an MFA in Writing and in Art + Technology. Currently, she is working on projects at the intersection of poetics, sculpture, sound and performance where she experiments with modes of site-specificity, audience interactivity and cultural dialogue.
Brenda Cruz
Brenda CruzTeaching Artist
Brenda Cruz is a working artist and ambitious art educator from Pasadena, CA. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where she received a B.A. in Art and minors in Latin American and Iberian Studies. Brenda has had very positive encounters with artists/educators since grade school and it is one of the primary reasons she continues to give to and encourage the art community around her to grow. Brenda enjoys working and learning about design elements, in particular those influenced and related to Latin American textiles.
Tracee Johnson
Tracee JohnsonTeaching Artist
Tracee is an artist and educator living in Los Angeles. She is passionate about re-imagining public space and connecting education to the environment. Tracee is trained as a landscape architect and graduated from Otis College of Art & Design with a MFA in Public Practice. She currently teaches at Otis and sees experimentation as a method for artistic expression, discovery and space creation.


Champoy Lim
Champoy LimTeaching Artist
Champoy is an LA based artist and educator born and raised in the Philippines. His artistic approach focuses mainly in exploring the elements of play and flow which he believes is essential to the creative process. His work ranges from comix, printmaking, murals and mixed media installations. He has also been actively curating various collaborative art shows in the LA area such as the annual Comix Jam and Line Attack and just recently, the Freak Coffins art show. He is currently working on building alternative livable structures and hand puppets from recycled materials.
Javier Ramirez
Javier RamirezTeaching Artist
Javier Ramirez was born in Northridge, California. He earned his BFA from Art Center College of Design. He is a painter and a sculptor.
Tiffany Smith
Tiffany SmithTeaching Artist
Tiffany is an artist and educator based in Los Angeles. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Art in 2011. She is currently pursuing a Master of Education degree, and hopes to teach art and social studies to students in the Los Angeles area. She loves teaching, making art, and sharing the process with others.
Jonathan Stofenmacher
Jonathan StofenmacherTeaching Artist
Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina – Jonathan is a multidisciplinary artist, formally trained in the visual and plastic arts. He works in various mediums from painting, sculpting, woodworking, metalworking (welding), video, photography, sound and computer graphics. Currently, he is producing a series of work made of exotic woods that blur the line between functional, formal & conceptual art. He also manages his own Artist Services company that develops canvases, panels and other fabrication needs for the contemporary artist. Jonathan also co-founded the artist run space “Carnitas Gallery” offering exhibition space to under represented artists.
Jovi Tellez
Jovi TellezCommunications Intern
Graduated from (VADA) Visual Art and Design Academy at Pasadena High School in 2010 and is currently enrolled at Pasadena City College. She has volunteered at Side Street Projects since 2007 and other community arts organizations like Armory Center for the Arts and Make Music Pasadena. She works within a variety of mediums and her main goal is to graduate as a graphic designer.

Board of Directors

Julie Ward, Board Chair
Attorney (Retired), Distinguished Community Leader
Pasadena, CA
Slade Belum, Treasurer
Director of Finance and Operations, Armory Center for the Arts
Los Angeles, CA
Ashley Gibbons, Secretary
Associate Marketing Coordinator, Whole Foods Market – Southern Pacific Region
Los Angeles, CA
Jeremy Levine
Principal, Jeremy Levine Architecture
Los Angeles, CA
Dianne Magee
Attorney (Retired), Distinguished Community Leader
Pasadena, CA
Dr. Sujal Mandavia M.D.
Los Feliz, CA
Bill Macomber
CEO/CTO, Fancy Film Post Services
Los Angeles, CA
Mark Steven Greenfield
Artist, Distinguished Community Leader
Los Angeles, CA
Emily Hopkins
Executive Director
Pasadena, CA

Advisory Board

Christine Mckay
Consultant, deloitte.com
Los Angeles, CA
Deb Diehl
Artist, Debdiehl.com
Los Angeles, CA
Debbie Fisher
Leadership Council, internationalmedicalcorps.org
Malibu, CA
Glenna Avila
Executive Director, calarts.edu/cap
Los Angeles, CA
John Agnew
Vintage vehicle expert, Funkyjunkfarms.com
Altadena, CA
Kevin Bruce
Community leader, Pasadenacommunitynetwork.com
Pasadena, CA
Sally Bickerton
Development Director, Redcat.org
Los Angeles, CA
Scott Ward
Executive Director, Armoryarts.org
Pasadena, CA
Steven Butcher
Vintage vehicle expert, Funkyjunkfarms.com
Ventura, CA
Wade Webb
Solar Engineer, Solarwebb.com
Pasadena, CA
Lizzie Salvati
Marketing Consultant
Pasadena, CA
Rick Lowe
Artist and founder of Project Row House
Houston TX,
Mel Chin
Asheville, NC

Side Street Projects is made possible with support from:

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