The Arts Council of Century City

Mission: The Arts Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and providing leadership in Century City and its surrounding communities through the promotion and support of a broad range of artistic activities and initiatives. As a part of the Century City Chamber of Commerce, the Council serves the community by its inclusive programs promoting educational activities, increasing enjoyment and appreciation of the arts, serving as a resource for art and culture, and facilitating the economic reality of Century City. 

Council Members

Nancy Wood
President & CEO | Century City Chamber
Grant Withers
Investment Counselor 
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Scott Schaefer  
Founding Member Emeritus
Curator Emeritus | The Getty Museum
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Ruth Crnkovich, Curatorial Adviser and Appraiser
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Agnès Penot
Art Gallery Manager
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Kara Koerner
Estate Planning Attorney
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Katherine Koyanagi
 Intellectual Property Attorney

Annie Burrows


Michael Carlin

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Jean Tardy-Vallernaud
Art & Wealth Consultant

Jean Tardy-Vallernaud is the Founding Chair of the Arts

Council of the Century City Chamber of Commerce. He

founded Gainsborough Capital LLC, an art and finance advisory

firm, in 2002. 

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Michael Heumann
Art Attorney

Michael Heumann chairs the Nossaman LLP Art Law Team,

whose specialists cover legal issues for collectors, dealers,

galleries, auctioneers and museums, and is a member of the

Century City Chamber of Commerce Arts Council. He has been a

trustee of the Southwest Museum (President, 1995-2003) and of

the Autry Museum for the past 27 years, and a collector of Native American Indian art for 35 years.

Aurele Danoff Pelaia
 Entertainment, Media & the Arts Attorney

Aurele serves as Senior Counsel at Eisner Law, LLP. Aurele’s clients range from individuals to international corporations, operating in industries including fine art, fashion, apparel and retail, film, television and cable, music, technology, finance, and real estate. She also has ample experience handling complex litigation matters. Apart from her membership in The Arts Council, Century City Chamber of Commerce, she serves as the Vice President, Board of Directors, Artadia: The Fund for Art & Dialogue, is a member of the Executive Committee for Hammer Collective and a committee member for Hammer K.A.M.P., and is a member of The American Friends, Tel Aviv Museum of Art. She formally served as a Glass Leadership Institute Fellow, Anti-Defamation League as well as a former co-chair of LACMA’s Avant-Garde group.

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Abigail Spector
Fine Artist and Educator

Abigail Spector is an artist and educator from Los Angeles. She received her BFA in Painting in 2016 and an MA in Art Education in 2020. Her artistic practice focuses on wildlife and environmental issues caused by human involvement and urbanization. Further, Abigail is passionate about education and works as an administrator in a private school.

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