smARTtalks 2022

Starting September 24, 2022, Helms Bakery District presents smARTtalks: 

A New Monthly Educational Series for Artists + Creatives with Expert Panels!


smARTtalks are intimate learning sessions covering timely and important topics vital to artists and creatives working in the 21st Century. smARTtalks panels and speakers will cover hot topics such as:

  • Who Are We Now? Artists Discuss COVID + Creativity. How Did The Pandemic Help or Hurt Artists? (Sept 24)
  • The Long Overdue and Beautiful Rise of BIPOC Artists in the Primary Art Market: A Sincere and Permanent Correction or Cynical Opportunism by Art Dealers? (Sept 24)
  • How To Launch Your First Collectible Art Toy (Sept 24)
  • Is Art School Worth The Money? The Truth About Arts Education in America + it's Impact on the Creative Economy (Oct 22)
  • Art in an Age of Political Unrest: How Current Events and Cultural Trends Drive Artistic Expression (Oct 22)
  • The Power of Story in Selling Art: How Narrative Can Help Artists Drive Sales in a Social Media Landscape (Oct 22)
  • Wise Words: Art World Lessons from Art World Leaders (Nov 12)
  • Has Digital Art Finally Earned Respect? How Web3, NFTs, AR, VR, AI and The Metaverse Are Impacting The Art World (Nov 12)
  • Can Public + Immersive Art Experiences Save The World? (Nov 12)
  • The Science of Creativity (Dec 10)

Who Are The Speakers?

Event speakers and moderators will include top artists and experts such as: 

Dr. Kim Cookson,  Eric Weiss, LMFT, Badir McClearySarah Mantilla Griffin, Ben GoretskykaNO, Lorne Buchman, Brian McCartyKaren Fiorito, Shana Nys DambrotMiles Regis, Jim "Taz"EvansSonia Romero, Ronnie PirovinoHeidi Johnson, Carmen Zella , Shana Nys Drambot, Dr. Elizabeth Ashforth

When and Where?

smARTalks occur once a month on Saturdays 10am-1pm at:

Helms Design Center, 8745 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232. The first one is September 24, 2022 at 10am.

What Does It Cost?

For Artists, smARTtalks are FREE.
For Patrons, the cost is $75.
Only 75 tickets are available, so first come first serve.


Parking is free! Please use the complimentary interior parking garage located adjacent to and east of the Helms Design Center. Look for the RED banners on the entrance to the garage. The parking attendant will direct you where to park your vehicle. The  address for the interior parking garage is 8711 Washington Boulevard | Culver City, CA 90232


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

BACK IN 2023

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

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

Andre Miripolsky Artist

Very Real Indeed!

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

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! Visit Laugh Gallery now to sign up for the newsletter!