Thomas Burns – Executive Director

Thomas was the founder and director of the annual Carmel International Film Festival for 9 years – a five-day festival spotlighting independent film, contemporary photography, fine art and music. He is also the publisher of ARTWORKS Magazine. Thomas is an accomplished artist with oil paintings in galleries throughout the United States. He has two children living in Southern California; both his son and daughter pursued art education and he greatly enjoys having this creative bond with them.

Thomas joined Old Town Artisan Studios in March 2017. In addition to classes, he has since planned robust programs for Alzheimer’s, youth with Autism, public school partnerships and more. His goal is to see the Art Campus as a place of creativity and wellness, serving people of all ages, including children, seniors, Veterans and many others throughout the Coachella Valley.