On Wednesday, November 30, from 5–7 p.m. at the Packard (205 E. Anaheim St.), you are invited to join Arts Council for Long Beach President Tasha Hunter and Executive Director Griselda Suárez for Open Conversations about the new innovative arts website, curensea.com ­­– a site where visual artists, writers and musicians join for free to show their work and receive promotion and financial compensation in the form of online “coins,” or tips.

Curensea is also of interest to art lovers, supporters and tastemakers, because they not only get to discover artists and enjoy, tip and promote their work, but as the site grows, they receive a percentage back when they tip and promote. The founders of the website Sofia Chirico and Natalia Kochan, both Long Beach entrepreneurs, will give a short presentation and answer questions about this exciting new website. This event is hosted by Millworks and free parking is provided in the secure lot behind the building. An RSVP is required to info@artslb.org.

Sofia Chirico grew up in Italy and Germany, studied art history at NYU, and was working in visual effects in China before starting work on Curensea. Amongst others, she produced a Golden Lion winning campaign for VW China and co-wrote an award-winning animated short in Germany. The range of international experience working on commercial and independent creative projects gave her a deep insight into the similar struggles creatives face to make a living all over the world, and fuels her passion for Curensea’s mission.

Natalia Kochan grew up in Long Beach and attended Poly High School and California State University, Long Beach. She graduated with an MFA in screenwriting from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and then moved to Beijing where she became the first foreign screenwriter signed to China Film Group’s agency. She worked on several US-China film co-production projects and self-published her own novellas and short stories on Amazon before co-founding Curensea in 2014. Natalia is also a self-taught painter.