Allison Agsten is director at a new art institution slated for downtown Los Angeles that will present the contemporary work of LA-based artists. Previously, she was Curator of Public Engagement at the Hammer Museum, leading an innovative program focused on creating an exchange between visitors and the museum, through works of art. Additionally, Agsten oversaw the museum’s artist board, initiated the Hammer’s visitor services department, and organized an in depth partnership with Art + Practice, an art and social services non-profit in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Once Director of Communications at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Agsten spearheaded a number of projects related to accessibility including Reading Room, a first-of-its kind program to make rare LACMA publications available for free online. She also developed the world’s first bilingual (Spanish and English) Twitter accounts for LACMA. Prior to joining LACMA, Agsten covered the visual and performing arts as a producer in CNN’s Los Angeles bureau.