smARTtalks 2022

Starting September 21, 2022, Helms Design Center will present smARTtalks 2022, a monthly educational event series designed to empower and inspire artists and creatives. 


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. Did It Help or Hurt Artists During The Pandemic?
  • 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?
  • How To Launch Your First Collectible Art Toy
  • Is Art School Worth The Money? The Truth About Arts Education in America + it's Impact on the Creative Economy
  • Art in an Age of Political Unrest: How Current Events and Cultural Trends Drive Artistic Expression
  • The Power of Story in Selling Art: How Narrative Can Help Artists Drive Sales in a Social Media Landscape
  • Wise Words: Real Art World Lessons from Real Art World Leaders
  • Has Digital Art Finally Earned Respect? How Web3, NFTs, AR, VR, AI and The Metaverse Are Impacting The Art World
  • Can Public + Immersive Art Experiences Save The World?
  • The Science of Creativity

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 on Saturdays from 10am-1pm once a month 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 are $75 each. Only 75 tickets are available each month. 

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

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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!