The Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division supports the arts and the artists of one of the world's most exciting coastal destinations. A division of the City of Santa Monica’s Community and Cultural Services Department, Cultural Affairs produces, presents and facilitates access to cultural events for residents and millions of annual visitors, helps anchor the diverse creative sector that enriches our cultural and economic base, and promotes Santa Monica as a major cultural destination. This includes managing the City’s extensive collection of public art ranging from murals to interactive installations, with new projects being developed in conjunction with most Santa Monica public works projects, as well as offering four grant programs for Santa Monica-based arts and culture organizations, schools and individual artists.
Santa Monica Cultural Affairs serves the community with: Grants to organizations and artists; Performances and exhibitions featuring theater, dance, music, and visual art; World-class and community-based festivals, such as GLOW, the Santa Monica Festival, Jazz on the Lawn, Teen Film Festival, Beach=Culture, Barefoot Opera, Senior Arts Forum and the Airport Artwalk; Facilitation of public art projects and conservation of the City's extensive collection of permanent and portable works; Advocacy, marketing, branding and resource development for the arts; The Miles Memorial Playhouse and the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium; Theater rental subsidies for nonprofit arts organizations.
The Cultural Affairs Division is currently midway through the implementation of its historic cultural plan, which includes the development of significant new public art spaces and venues, marketing and advocacy initiatives for the arts, and grants to support the City's energetic creative life.
The City of Santa Monica, with its rich cultural history, has had a profound effect on the development of art and culture domestically and internationally. From its earliest days, artists have found inspiration along its sandy beaches and foothills. More visual and performing artists, arts presenters, designers, architects, and film and music producers per capita can be found in Santa Monica than in any other city in the State. The city’s many attractive pedestrian friendly neighborhoods are enhanced by a collection of major works of public art along with cultural facilities such as Bergamot Station, the California Heritage Museum, Miles Playhouse and the Santa Monica Museum of Art. In the last ten years the number of nonprofit arts agencies in Santa Monica has more than doubled. They, along with sixty commercial art galleries, numerous live theaters and movie theatres, several bookstores, and a myriad of music venues, help attract and anchor a large and diverse creative sector, enriching the City’s cultural and economic base.
Pursuing Green Office Certification
To assist in the efforts
of creating a sustainable city, Cultural Affairs not only recognizes the
importance of incorporating the City’s sustainable design in its projects, but also
values its role in creating a healthy work environment for staff that supports
the City’s sustainability policies and models sustainable best practices for
the office place.
Cultural Affairs is
continuously working towards implementing sustainable practices that will
provide staff with a greener and healthier workplace. We have implemented
simple practices such as purchasing supplies that will have less impact on the
environment, using less-toxic cleaning products, reducing waste, practicing water
efficiency, and promoting green commuting by ride-sharing, walking and
providing staff with a Bike@Work bicycle.
Cultural Affairs' Green Office Certification is modeled after the Santa Monica Green Business Certification Program, a free program that provides sustainability consultation services to businesses that operate in Santa Monica.