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Arts Leadership Awards 

The Arts Leadership Awards honor exemplary leaders who support Santa Monica's artistic, creative, and cultural communities. The awards honor individuals – including arts supporters, artists, and youth –  and businesses or organizations. The awards will be presented at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

Award Categories

Arts Patron Award: An individual or business leader providing notable 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 as an arts activist, patron, and/or volunteer.

Creative Community Innovator Award: A creative business or organization contributing to Santa Monica's arts and culture sector through support for artists or art-making, public events, experimental cultural programming, or cutting-edge design.

Young Arts Leadership Award: A young person (21 or under) living, working or attending school in Santa Monica who has shown leadership through community engagement in the arts. This award is not meant to recognize artistic merit; rather, it is for young people who have helped nurture an artistic community. For example, an awardee could be recognized for putting on a student exhibition or performance, forming a writing or spoken word group, or serving the community through arts programming.


Santa Monicans interested in nominating a City resident for an award can find nomination forms and instructions by clicking here.

Nominations may be made in more than one category. The Selection Committee reserves the right to determine the final award category for each nominee based on submitted information. Nominations are subject to annual rollover.  Once nominated, all nominees remain in the annual nominations pool until s/he receives an award.


Nominations are accepted on rolling basis, year round. To be considered for the April 2019 awards, your nomination must be received by Feb. 1, 2019. 

~ About the Santa Monica Arts Foundation ~  

The Santa Monica Arts Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement and support of the City’s arts and cultural community.  The Foundation believes that the arts and culture are integral to civic life and are what make Santa Monica vital, exceptional, and economically competitive.  



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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.