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Santa Monica Artist Fellowships

If you are an artist who has resided in or maintained a professional studio/workplace in Santa Monica for at least one year you may apply for a $4,200 Project Fellowship. Guidelines and applications are now available. The deadline for submission is 11:59 pm Monday, February 11th, 2019. All applicants MUST read the 2019-20 program guidelines before applying. Click here for the guidelines. Applicants new to the GO Smart system must create a profile on the GO Smart page

Congratulations to 2018-19 Fellows Renée Petropoulos, John Malpede & Henriette Brouwers, and Project Fellows Tanya Maria White, Laila Lalami, and Suchi Branfman. 

Santa Monica Artist Fellows 

2010    2011    2012       2014   2015
Phyllis Green    Lita Albuquerque        Eileen Cowin    Helen K. Garber   Carl Cheng
Diane Meyer    Patrick Kennelly    John Humble    Cynthia Ling Lee   Eileen Cowin
Meena Nanji    Rudy Perez    Cynthia Ling Lee    Doni Silver Simons    Mitch Greenhill       
Allen Ruppersberg      Lionel Popkin    David McDonald      Donna Sternberg   Dan Kwong
Analia Saban    Jody Zellen    Michael C. McMillen    Charles Yu   Lionel Popkin

2016   2017   2018     2018-19      
Luciana Abait   Clayton Campbell    D'Lo    John Malpede & Henriette Brouwers      
Lita Albuquerque   Alex Donis    Jacob Jonas    Renée Petropoulos      
Laila Lalami   Phyllis Green     Dan Kwong    Suchi Branfman      
Robin Mitchell   Suzanne Lacy    Mark Sarvas    Laila Lalami      
Jody Zellen   Michael Roth    Christine Suarez    Tanya Maria White      

The Santa Monica Artist Fellowship provides direct support to artists to nourish the creation of new work by Santa Monicans, recognize excellence and acknowledge our community’s high regard for creativity and innovation. The program is one of the largest, city-based individual artist grants in the U.S. Three Project Fellowships of $4,200 are available by application. Santa Monica-based artists seeking support for study, individual exploration, in-depth exchange or creative opportunities related to the development or presentation of new work may apply. Two grants of $20,000 are also awarded annually to Santa Monica artists. These Fellows are selected from a roster of nominated artists by a panel of arts professionals approved by the Santa Monica Arts Commission.


Professional artists who create, rather than interpret, original work, and who either reside in the City of Santa Monica or maintain a professional studio and business license in the city, are eligible to apply. Project Fellowship applicants must have met the residency requirements for more than one year. (Five years for nominated Fellows.)

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“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.