smARTtalks 2022

Starting January, 2022, Helms Design Center will present smARTalks 2022, a monthly educational event series designed to empower and inspire visual artists and creative professionals.


smARTalks will comprise 12 intimate lunch-and-learn sessions for professional development in the arts, covering timely and important topics vital to artists practicing in the 21st Century. smARTalks programming will cover pressing topics such as:

  • The Creative Economy
  • Trends in Public Art
  • Race and the Arts
  • Exploitation in the Arts
  • NFTs, AR, VR, AI 
  • Effective Use of Social Media
  • Trauma and the Arts

Who Are The Speakers?

Event speakers and moderators will include top artists and experts from Los Angeles and elsewhere. (Confirmed speaker list to be announced soon.) Each smARTalk session will be a 90 min educational seminar followed by a social luncheon. 

When and Where?

smARTalks will occur once a month on Saturdays from 10am-1pm at Helms Design Center in Culver City, CA. (See schedule below) smARTalks are intimate events with just 75 seats available each month.

What Does It Cost?

Tickets for the entire season are $95. All registrants will be invited to a special Holiday Party held at Helms in December 2022. 

Only 75 tickets are available each month for smARTalks, so get your tickets now while supplies last. (Note: Event dates will not change but programming topics could.)


The NOT REAL ART Creators Conference is an educational + professional development event for all artists.  Top artists + business experts share important business knowledge + insight to grow your arts career.

  • Learn From Top Artists + Experts
  • Improve Your Arts Business
  • Grow Your Professional Network

This unique conference empowers artists to learn, share + grow professionally. You'll get fresh, relevant + actionable information to level up your arts career. 

Don't miss this powerful event coming back to Los Angeles in 2023!

Conference Testimonials

Andre Miripolsky Artist

Very Real Indeed!

Everything about Not Real Art was VERY Real indeed! Great production and presentation by ALL. Kudos!”

Isaias Crow Artist


Wow! Insightful and inspiring conversation. Thank you for all the words of wisdom and empowering information.

Debi Cable Artist

The Best Investment

The best investment in my arts business to date. Seriously epic information, exciting panelists and engaging content

Event Photos

Laugh Gallery


Laugh Gallery

“…A group of sculptural works that aims at a void that signifies precisely the non-being of what it represents…”

— Artie S. Knob

Um, what?

Ugh! Enough with the incomprehensible art-speak already. It’s turns people off. We think art should be more accessible. And, we think comedians are a great way to help solve the problem. So, we are teaming up with veteran L.A. comic, Katie Love to find comedians who can lighten things up as we celebrate the arts and the artists who make the arts! Stay turned for show dates coming soon!