About Me

Nic Cha Kim is an award-winning television reporter, documentary filmmaker, playwright and cultural activist. Winner of 3 Golden Mikes from the Radio and Television News Association for Best Entertainment Reporting, Best Medical and Science Reporting, and Best TV News Public Affairs and the National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award from the Los Angeles Press Club.

Executive Director of Niche.LA Video Art, Nic directs and produces documentaries for public television and curates digital and video art shows. Editor of Niche.LA Video Art featured in the Tumblr Art Spotlight. His plays Trapezoid, RE:verseRise Up!, and Like Yesterday have been produced for the stage by Lodestone Theatre Ensemble and Company of Angels.

Best known as Co-Founder of Gallery Row, a creative district in Downtown Los Angeles, Nic presented a proposal to create a gallery district called Gallery Row through parts of Skid Row, Historic Core, and Fashion District. On July 23, 2003, LA City Council voted unanimously to approve the Gallery Row proposal (Council File Index: 03-1571) which prompted Nic to form Gallery Row Organization, an economic development nonprofit with a mission to create a thriving, pedestrian-friendly, and culturally abundant urban neighborhood. Since unveiling, Gallery Row grew from 3 to almost 40 art galleries, museums, and public art installations and in 2005, Gallery Row Organization co-sponsored the Downtown Art Walk which now regularly attracts 30,000 visitors every month.

Nic currently works as a reporter for KCET’s award-winning weekly news series, SoCal Connected and documentary filmmaker for KCET’s transmedia series Artbound.

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Press Article Date
KoreAm Magazine Nic Cha Kim Makes the Case for Why Art Matters 4/30/14
KCET KCET’s Award-Winning Weekly Series ‘SoCal Connected’ Begins May 14th 4/30/14
LA Stage Times Springtime in LA, at Café Vida and on April 29, 1992 5/7/12
Asiance Magazine The Astounding Accomplishments of Nic Cha Kim 8/16/11
IET Downtown Gallery Row – Los Angeles Success Story 4/26/11
Pamela’s Punch Art Weekend Launches in Downtown LA 1/26/11
Peachies.net Art Walk Tour with Peachies 1/15/10
KoreAm Magazine A Walk on the Artsy Side Jan 2010
LA Times New street signage coming for downtown L.A. galleries 11/4/09
BlogDowntown New Signs Are Wayfinders For Gallery Owners 11/3/09
NBC Gallery Row featured on NBC 9/10/09
Backstage West Ten to Life review by Jennie Webb 5/20/09
LA Weekly Review of Ten To Life 5/18/09
Asia Pacific Arts Twisted Lives 5/15/09
LA Times Lodestone is going out on its own terms 5/3/09
Current TV Second Thursdays – The Downtown L.A. Art Walk 4/17/09
A3LA Art Revitalizing Downtown Los Angeles 3/11/09
LA Times Downtown LA Art Walk draws gallery hoppers 2/8/09
KoreAm Magazine Korean-American Stories 2/1/09
Arts District Citizen Art Spotting: Gallery (P)reviews 9/15/08
Downtown News A Black-And-White World 9/5/08
CurbedLA Gallery Row’s New Signage Will Help Herd Downtowners 6/5/08
LA Weekly Review of Nic Cha Kim’s Trapezoid 5/8/08
LA Times Caught up in ‘Trapezoid’s’ A.I. 4/25/08
BlogDowntown A Visual Spin 3/14/08
LA18 Role Models 12/1/07
Michelle Malkin The Latest in Religion-Bashing Art 4/13/07
Downtown Downtown with Huell Howser 3/7/07
Architect’s Newspaper The Birth of Cool 2/21/07
KTLA Morning News Man One on KTLA Morning News 2006
Los Angeles Magazine LA Scene June 2006
Downtown News Galleries Gone Wild 6/12/06
LA Alternative Press G-Rowing Downtown 6/2/06
LA Times Downtown Exhibits Its Eclecticism 4/23/06
LA Alternative Press Facing LA 1/5/06
Downtown News Year Downtown Opened Up 12/26/05
LA Times Where All the Lights are Bright! 10/23/05
LA Times Spotlight will be on Caltrans 10/6/05
Brentwood Magazine Gallery Row Transforms Downtown LA 5/15/05
KoreAm Magazine Civic Duty – Street Smart Art March 2005
LA Times 6 distinct voices with an L.A. link 1/25/05
Downtown News Success and Growing Pains 1/10/05
ArtForum.com Digital World: Oz Aug 2004
Downtown News Row Revelry 5/7/04
LA Times If You Bill It, They Will Come 11/4/03