The Cartwheel Art team are passionate insiders who live and work in Los Angeles. We bring our experience and knowledge to the streets of LA, revealing the fascinating stories that make up our city.
Cindy Schwarzstein, Founder of Cartwheel Art
Cindy Schwarzstein lives in the DTLA Arts District. A curator and art activist, she has been creating and hosting cultural events and programming for more than twenty-five years. For the past six years, Schwarzstein has been an active board member of the Los Angeles River Artists & Business Association (LARABA). She is deeply involved in the culture, commerce, and community of Downtown Los Angeles.
In 2012, Schwarzstein founded Cartwheel Art, a company that provides diverse, community-driven programming such as guided group tours, art-activated events, and curated exhibitions. Cartwheel Art offers immersive walking tours, during which Schwarzstein and her team share personal knowledge of local history, art, architecture, bars, eateries, and more. The tours take participants behind closed doors and into hidden places, offering occasional glimpses beneath the streets of Los Angeles. The Cartwheel Art team is comprised of passionate insiders who support and strengthen the surrounding creative community.
In 2017, the City of Los Angeles awarded Schwarzstein a certificate of recognition for her “exemplary commitment and outstanding service” in bringing World Art Day to Los Angeles, which involved creating programming for twenty-five different gallery events. In September 2017, an Aspire Magazine cover story named Schwarzstein one of the top six community leaders of Downtown Los Angeles, describing her as a “savvy insider.”
To date, she has curated more than a thousand tours, bringing the Cartwheel Art tour experience to tens of thousands of people. She has designed and implemented immersive cultural programming for prominent Los Angeles businesses including Art at the Rendon, LA Art Show, Hotel Indigo, Airbnb, Atlas Obscura, and the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board.
Steve Grody, Tour Host
Steve Grody is a photographer, historian, and the author of Graffiti LA: Street Styles and Art. Before earning his B.A. in fine arts, he was also involved in his era’s ‘pop’ graphics, psychedelic art. When he saw spray can murals popping up around Los Angeles, he recognized their creativity and verve. Since 1990, he has been exploring the city’s back alleys, washes, and abandoned lots to document this vernacular art. Over the years he cultivated trust among L.A.’s most prolific, skilled, and infamous graffiti writers, allowing him access to obscure locations. In 2011 his photographs were featured in MOCA’s “Art of the Streets” show and catalog, and he co-curated “Street Cred: Graffiti Art from Concrete to Canvas” at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. He was featured at TEDxSitka, and has spoken at numerous universities and events. Grody is also an internationally respected martial arts instructor and swing dancer. Director Peter Weir brought Grody in to choreograph the dance scene in The Truman Show.
Dan Levy, Tour Host
Based in the heart of Dogtown, Venice Beach, California, Dan Levy lives breathes and eats skateboarding, music and art, serving these communities through his photography and writing at Juice Magazine, which has been publishing in print since 1993. Dan was one of the key advocates in getting the world famous Venice Beach Skate Park built, which has become the most photographed and skated skateboarding facilities in the world. The majority of Dan’s photos are seen in Juice Magazine, and he has also been published in Rolling Stone, Vice, Transworld Skateboarding, and Surfers Journal, among others. Dan, along with his footage and photos, was featured in the Made In Venice documentary about the fight for the Venice Skate Park. As a skateboarder, Dan was the 3-time champion of the Venice VSA Skate Contest from 2000 to 2003 and he rides for the illustrious Jeff Ho / Zephyr competition team. Follow Dan on Instagram.
Hadley Meares, Tour Host
Hadley Meares writes articles on history for LA Magazine, Curbed, Atlas Obscura, LAist, HISTORY, Aeon, Malibu Magazine and KCET among other media outlets. She also leads historical tours and sings jazz at the Dresden. The shadier side of the street is what she enjoys.
Kim Ohanneson, Tour Host
Kim Ohanneson leads tastings and talks for corporations, organizations and private events. BuzzFeed L.A. praised Kim’s “encyclopedic knowledge of whiskey” and her “exciting, energetic” tastings, which combine “lots of laughter along with the fun of learning.” Kim is the President of Women Who Whiskey ~ Los Angeles: a whisk(e)y appreciation club for women, which has 2400+ members: the largest in the world.
Stephen & Jodi Zeigler, Tour Hosts
Stephen and Jodi Zeigler are Los Angeles natives and long-time residents of DTLA’s Historic Core. They are owners and curators of THESE DAYS, a gallery and store featuring emerging artists, collectible and out-of-print photography books and zines, original art, and more. Stephen is also the curator of the Indian Alley mural project, a unique place of historical significance dedicated to America’s indigenous people.
Lisa Beebe, Cartwheel Art Magazine Editor
Lisa Beebe loves writing about art and artists, and has interviewed everyone from Academy Award winners to inventors. She writes for Los Angeles Magazine, LA Weekly, KCET Artbound, The Argonaut, and Playboy, among others. Find her on Twitter.