Arts for LA Welcomes New Staff Member Charles Flowers

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 8:48am

Arts for LA is pleased to announce Charles Flowers has joined the staff as the director of development.

Charles most recently served as the deputy development director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.  Prior to that, he was the executive director of the Lambda Literary Foundation, based here in Los Angeles, and the associate director of the Academy of American Poets in New York.

"I am thrilled to join Arts for LA in its quest to generate more support for the arts and arts education and to ensure more and more Angelenos can enjoy the cultural riches of Los Angeles," he said of his new role. 

Charles graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University and received his MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon.  His poetry has appeared in Gulf Coast, Barrow Street, Indiana Review, and Puerto del Sol.  He is also the founding editor of BLOOM, a journal for lesbian and gay writing Edmund White called "the most exciting new queer literary publication to emerge in years."  After spending twenty years in Tennessee, where he grew up, and twenty years in New York, Charles has lived in Los Angeles for the last several years with his husband and their two dogs.

Charles will be the first director of development at Arts for LA and the position will rely on his unique combination of leadership skills, fundraising experience, and entrepreneurial spirit.  "I'm thrilled to have Charles join our team," said Danielle Brazell, executive director of Arts for LA. "His extensive background working in the arts as well as civil rights make him the perfect person to help Arts for LA raise the capital needed to fuel policy change in our region."

Charles's first day is September 17.  Please join us in welcoming him to our team!