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Rising Stars: Meet Linda Grimes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Linda Grimes.

Linda Grimes is currently the Managing Director of the San Pedro Waterfront Arts District; a non-profit she helped create from the ashes of the former Community Redevelopment Agency. Linda is passionate about creative placemaking and the power of public art. The Arts District’s accomplishments over the past ten years reflect this commitment to leaving a lasting legacy in San Pedro. Linda is a recovering, retired AT&T marketing executive and has employed her marketing ‘superpowers’ as the former Executive Director of the Golden State Pops Orchestra, as a communications consultant to the Port of Los Angeles High School and the Grand Vision Foundation. Under her guidance, the Arts District has commissioned over 25 DOT boxes painted by professional artists and three large murals in downtown San Pedro.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Managing a non-profit is never a smooth road, but the work I’ve done is some of the hardest, best work I’ve ever accomplished. San Pedro is a small town with lots of loud, differing opinions, so building consensus and finding common ground is always a challenge. We often say the ‘no good deed goes unpunished’. Also forging a path as a woman in leadership roles is its own special challenge – as in all groups, sometimes men seem to want to take charge. Part of my commitment to San Pedro is supporting other women in leadership through conversations about bullying and tactics to stop it from quelling women’s voices.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
As the Founding Managing Director of the non-profit San Pedro Waterfront Arts District, I get to use all of my college and career training to bring public art to our community and promote all of the arts. My favorite project so far was painting a 100 foot mural on a wall of a local coffee shop called Sirens. We hired a Teaching Artist to conduct a three weeks mural workshop, “Adventures in Public Art”, covering the basics of color, perspective and effective mural making while working with the property owner to create suitable imagery. Over 36 volunteers came to paint the mural and it was unveiled last August in a special FirstThursday ArtWalk Tour, in a reception for several hundred guests. Thrilled to use my arts and business background to bring awareness to the arts.

How do you define success?
Building consensus and being able to give this community world-class public art.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 880 West 18th Street
  • Email:
  • Website:
  • Instagram: llgrimes
  • Facebook: San PedroWaterfrontArtsDistrict

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