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Airport Artist Studios

The City of Santa Monica currently maintains 18 studio spaces at the Santa Monica Airport. These studios can only be used by individual artists engaged in the production of any of the following art media: painting, drawing, sculpture, small scale glass works, ceramics, textiles, woodworking, photography, video art, printmaking, and other visual arts and handcrafts. The spaces must serve as studios, workshops, and other uses primarily dedicated to the production of original works of visual art.

On occasion, these spaces become available and the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division and the Santa Monica Airport maintain a waiting list of qualified artists. Eligibility of applicants is determined by the City of Santa Monica staff based on the list of criteria detailed below. Applicants are then placed on a list for review by the City of Santa Monica's Airport Manager for final screening, including credit creck and references. the list is being used as spaces become available. Artists are added to the list as applications are received by the City on a first-come first served basis.


Working Artists-- Applicants must demonstrate a minimum of 2 years as a working artist indicated by provision of tax returns for the two most recent consecutive years and/or hold a degree in art from an accredited college or university

Household Income--Prior to being considered for a lease, all artists on the waiting list will be subject to a means test based on their adjusted gross income. Any artist earning more than 200% of the Housing and Urban Development median family income for Los Angeles County will be ineligible for a studio at the Santa Monica Airport

Santa Monica Residents--Preference will be given to artists currently maintaining a home or studio in the City of Santa Monica or who have lost Santa Monica studio space due to such things as increasing rents and redevelopment.

Lease Terms--We are flexible on the lease terms (month-to-month or term lease), but no lease may extend past June 30, 2015.

Artists will not be selected on the context or quality of their work.


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Last updated: 7/18/2012
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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.