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About Us

Community & Cultural Services oversees a diverse range of programs, projects and services with one thing in common: people. We work with the community to create and operate beautiful, accessible public spaces and facilities for all to enjoy. We produce programs and events that enrich the lives of community members - culturally, socially, and physically.  We also ensure that supportive services are available for those in need, including children, families, seniors, people with disabilities and low-income or homeless individuals. In short, our work enhances the overall wellbeing of Santa Monica's residents and visitors.

Quick Overview

  • Over 160 permanent, full-time employees across 4 Divisions
  • $32 million annual operating budget
  • Administer grant funding to local cultural and human service agencies (Grants Program)
  • Lead community action plans related to homelessness, youth violence, and obesity.



Fee changes and increases are proposed for many of the programs and services offered by the Human Services, Community Recreation, and Cultural Affairs divisions. The proposed fee changes are based on an analysis on existing fees, costs to provide programs and services, and associated cost recovery rates and would be included in the proposed FY 2018-19 budget presented in May and may be adopted by Council in June 2018 for the FY 2018-19 budget.

Full List of Proposed Fee Changes

Submit feedback online by January 31, 2018 or in-person at one of the following public forums*:

Arts Commission December 18, 2017
6:30 p.m. | Ken Edwards Center | 1527 4th St. 90401

Field Sports Advisory Committee January 10, 2018
7 p.m. | Thelma Terry Building, Virginia Avenue Park | 2200 Virginia Ave. 90404

Recreation and Parks Commission January 18, 2018
7:30 p.m. | City Hall Council Chamber | 1685 Main St. 90401

Cradle to Career Work Group January 24, 2018
3 p.m. | Santa Monica Public Library Multipurpose Room | 601 Santa Monica Blvd. 90401

City Council (Budget Study Session) May 22, 2018
6:30 p.m. | City Hall Council Chamber | 1685 Main St. 90401

City Council (Budget Adoption) June 26, 2018
6:30 p.m. | City Hall Council Chamber | 1685 Main St. 90401

*Date and location subject to change, please check back here at for the most updated information.

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