Mission Statement

To provide space for artists to work and to engage community through arts education, exhibitions of contemporary art, and cultural events.


We are a community that grows through experimenting and innovating.


  • support each other
  • show up and are present
  • value each other and creativity
  • are welcoming and honest
  • collaborate and communicate respectfully

Our Staff

Amy Eriksen


Amy Eriksen is dedicated to expanding arts education instruction in public schools and a passionate community builder. She holds a BA in Music…

Terry Gerald


Terry Gerald grew up in the South Bay Area. She has a Bachelors Degree in Art History from San Francisco State University and…

Sarah Al-Mulla


Sarah Al-Mulla holds a Bachelors degree in Journalism from Cal State Long Beach and has contributed as a freelance writer for various companies and organizations. She has a passion…

Colleen Andrews


Colleen Andrews came to Angels Gate Cultural Center from the East Coast. With a B.A. double major in Graphic Design and Creative…

Sara Pilchman


Sara Pilchman was born and raised in Long Beach, California and began making artwork at an early age. At 16 she moved to Idyllwild Arts Academy to study French…

Judith Blahnik


Judith Blahnik comes from an arts background, having written and directed in the theatre in Los Angeles and New York….

Cecelia Koger


Cecelia Koger is an artist and education advocate. Having received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from…


  • Jane Chang
  • Sean Devereaux
  • Melinda Gann
  • Claire Gerald
  • Chris McCrystal
  • Chloe Ogaz
  • Ellen Romo
  • Desiree Santana
  • Griselda Suarez

Board of Directors

Board of Directors meetings happen on the last Thursday of each month at 6pm in Building A.

“I believe in the power of art to change communities for the better. Art is a catalyst for bringing people together to make their lives richer and more meaningful.” A resident of San Pedro since 1975, Susan Davis and her husband moved here for studio space as downtown art pioneers. She feels that San Pedro is a town full of unique neighborhoods, interesting small businesses, and thriving creative communities – all in a stunning landscape that makes it the hidden gem of Los Angeles.
Susan is owner of Susan Davis Design Studio with graphic design clients such as Bolsa Chica Land Trust, San Pedro Historic Waterfront Arts District, Angels Gate Cultural Center, RoknEll Baby Boutique, HOUSE 1002, University Art Museum CSULB, WEESEEU, and South Shores Magnet School for the Fine and Performing Arts.
Calloway was trained at UCLA and holds a MFA in Film Production. His first job was as an Editor, progressing to Cinematographer (“Falcon Crest”), then Producer of features and television. He is a member of the Producer’s Guild, the Director’s Guild, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Calloway’s feature credits include “Legendary”, “The Chaperone”, “Knucklehead”, and “The Reunion”, for the WWE; “Wild Thing” for Atlantic; and “Running Hot” for New Line. He has produced “The O.C.”, “Nash Bridges”, “The Big Easy”, “Jack & Jill”, “Any Day Now”, and other pilots and series. Beyond Los Angeles and San Francisco, Calloway has produced in Hong Kong, Spain, Puerto Rico, Canada, and extensively on location in the United States.

Calloway is currently writing the story of his family history, “Our Father’s Family”, the story of five generations of Calloway men, from prior to the Civil War to the present. Calloway lives and works in San Pedro, California.

Laurine DiRocco received a BA in Art, Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, CA where she studied with internationally known artist, Corita Kent. Laurine works in various media: ceramic sculpture, serigraphy, handmade books, and printmaking (Gyotaku). Her work has shown in various galleries throughout California and at W.A.R.M. Gallery, MN. In San Pedro, CA, she has shown at Angel’s Gate Cultural Center and 7th Street Gallery. As administrator, she has served as Director, Children’s and Junior Art Center, Idyllwild Arts, Director of Art, Polytechnic Elementary School, Pasadena, CA. and as Director of Education, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro. Laurine is a founding member and former Board Member of fINdings Art Center, San Pedro, CA. She also served on the Board of Directors of Venice Arts, Venice, CA both as a Member of the board and and also as Board President. She is currently an artist-teacher in Artist’s-in-Classrooms, Angels Gate Cultural Center.

Karen D. Hill, an accomplished Human Resources executive. As the VP, Human Resources for Otis College of Art and Design, she is leading culture transformation efforts and directing comprehensive short-term and long-range human capital strategies.

Karen holds an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCLA, and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from California State University, Long Beach. She also holds a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) designation and has completed the Center for Creative Leadership executive program. In addition, she has a certification in Strategic Human Resources Leadership from Cornell University.

Dr. Xiomara Mateo-Gaxiola joined LAEP as an educational consultant in 2014 and became Senior Director of Teaching and Learning in2016. She specializes in building the capacity of K-12 learning teams by facilitating professional learning and strategic planning approaches throughout Los Angeles. She is an original curriculum designer on the conceptual and facilitation teams for the Trauma-informed Practices approach at LAEP. Dr. Mateo-Gaxiola is an expert in designing learning experiences with K-12 students, teachers, and administrators to re-examine deeply held beliefs about teaching, learning, and culture. Her research and professional development work is focused on the relationships and interplay between pedagogy, curriculum, and culture and the process changes necessary to adjust the focus to learning for all. Prior to LAEP, she worked as a Research Associate and K-12 Professional Development Facilitator for the University of Southern California’s Center of Research and Evaluation (USC, CORE) and USC’s Master’s in School Administration Program. She has served the public and private school community as an elementary school teacher, teacher leader and change agent, middle school Math intervention teacher, and Math instructional coach. She holds both multiple subject and single subject Math teaching credentials, and is trained in Adaptive Schools and Cognitive Coaching methodologies.

In 2011, she was voted Teacher of Year by her teaching peers. In 2014, Dr. Mateo-Gaxiola authored the course Relationally Responsive Classroom Management for the University of Southern California’s Equity Educator Certificate Program. She holds a B.S. in International Business from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; a M.A. in Educational Leadership from Pepperdine University; and an Ed.D. from the University of Southern California in Urban School Leadership with an emphasis on the relationships between student opportunity, teacher reflection, and teacher self-efficacy.

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 Quondam historian, serial entrepreneur, meandering consultant, and curiosity flavored dilettante, Dr. Borden’s career spans fifty years of for- and nonprofit leadership.  He believes in the power of both art and science to resolve major challenges.  Throughout his career, he has consulted in museum and exhibit design, arts financing, and the creation of “innovation communities” on five continents.  He has authored over 100 professional presentations and publications.

Dr. Borden trained in history, mathematics, political theory, and business management in the U.S. and at Oxford.  He left anacademic career at UCLA and USC to found or co-found high technology ventures in artificial intelligence applied to learning theory and advanced manufacturing, electronic and electro-optical design, and forensic image processing.   Hetransitioned to the non-profit world to head minority and woman’s economic development organizations. He helpedestablish several city and county wide business and civic organizations, an L.A. City/County transportation consortium, and a national organization to help entrepreneurs find equity investment.  Nobody would confuse his woodworking or graphics with art, but he tries.


Angela is a local writer and historian who has spent the last seven years studying her hometown of San Pedro, CA. She has shared her discoveries via blog (www.spbxb.wordpress.com), podcast (www.thatssopedro.com), walking tour and through articles she writes for San Pedro Today Magazine (www.sanpedrotoday.com). Angela, a longtime friend and admirer of AGCC, is very excited to be joining the studio artist program so she can expand her local storytelling to include special programs here at Angels Gate.

Angels Gate Cultural Center 

A place of creative discovery, exploration and enlightenment.

Striving to provide the Southern California community with year-round schedule of gallery exhibitions and community classes. In addition, the Center provides professional work-studio space for 52 artists, including musicians, ceramists, painters, sculptors, writers, photographers, printmakers and jewelers.

The Center emerged from a group of San Pedro artists in the 1970's that created artist studios and exhibition space within the 1940's era Army barracks of Angels Gate Park.

Our Vision

Angels Gate Cultural Center is a place that unites art, community and culture through creative discovery, exploration and enlightenment. Angels Gate Cultural Center brings art and culture to the community through interactive classes, gallery exhibits of both local and international artists, professional artists' studios, art education programs in the schools and cultural events.

Angels Gate Park

Angels Gate Cultural Center is one of twelve organizations at Angels Gate Park, a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. The Department's mission is to unify Los Angeles by providing diverse recreational activities, beautiful facilities, and innovative leadership for the universal enjoyment of our residents and visitors.