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Santa Monica Arts Foundation 2015 Arts Leadership Awards

The Santa Monica Arts Foundation recognizes exemplary leaders who support Santa Monica’s creative community. Award recipients will be announced at a ceremony in February 2015 and will receive an original artwork by a locally renowned artist. The annual awards honor individuals and businesses in three categories:

Arts Patron Award: An individual or business leader providing extensive support for the arts in Santa Monica. 

Artist in the Community/Bruria Finkel Award: An artist who has contributed significantly to Santa Monica’s arts community through activism, patronage, and/or volunteerism. 

Creative Community Innovator Award: An individual or small or mid-size commercial creative business contributing to making Santa Monica’s arts and culture sector ‘cutting edge’ through experimentation, design, or cultural sustainability.

Santa Monicans interested in nominating a City resident for the 2015 award can download nomination forms and guidelines here:

The Santa Monica Arts Commission will hold two special meetings on September 15, 2014 at the Ken Edwards Center. At 6:30 pm there will be a joint meeting of the Arts Commission and its Public Art Committee. At 7:45 pm, just the Commission will meet. The agenda for the 6:30 meeting, including location and parking information, may be downloaded by clicking here; the 7:45 agenda by clicking here.

New Roads School's Ann and Jerry Moss Theater now available for discounted rates to qualifying local cultural organizations. 

Exciting news for local performing 
arts organizations! Santa Monica's New Roads School is offering their new 342-seat Ann and Jerry Moss Theater to qualified community performing arts and cultural organizations on a substantially discounted basis. The discount program is designed to enhance the artistic, cultural and educational life of the city by offering a forum for excellent and diverse presenters who might not otherwise have the ability to showcase their work for local audiences. The program is part of an agreement with Santa Monica Cultural Affairs to provide cultural benefits to City residents.

The discounts are obtained through an application process. Applications are downloadable by clicking here or by contacting Che'Rae Adams, Operations Manager,; 310.828.5582 x500. 


2014 Santa Monica Artist Fellowship Awards


Novelist Charles Yu and Choreographer Cynthia Ling Lee have been awarded the 2014 Santa Monica Artist Fellowship, along with choreographer Donna Sternberg and visual artists Doni Sliver Simons and Helen K. Garber who received 2014 Project Fellowships. Congratulations to the awardees of the one of the largest, city-based individual artist awards in the U.S.!

These extraordinary artists focus public attention on the world-class achievements of our City's artist community.  More information on the program can be found here.


Pictures (l-r): Circumsolar, Migration 1, 2013, Rebeca Mendez, Glow 2013, photo by Bill Short. Big Wave, Tony DeLap, photo by Lillie Grossman.
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