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Arts, Culture & Events


The  City of Santa Monica, with its rich cultural history, is one of the world's most exciting coastal destinations and has had a profound effect on the development of art and culture domestically and internationally. 

From Santa Monica’s earliest days, artists have found inspiration along its sandy beaches and foothills. And today, 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 California.

Please look around this portion of the website to uncover a world of arts and culture available to you right here in Santa Monica!


Creative Capital

The development of arts and culture in Santa Monica is guided by the Creative Capital plan, which was adopted by Council in 2007 after extensive community outreach.

Creative Capital: Culture, Community, Vision

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