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Arts Leadership Awards

Nominations are accepted on rolling basis, year round.


The Santa Monica Arts Foundation recognizes exemplary leaders who support Santa Monica’s creative community. Award recipients are announced at an annual ceremony and will receive an original artwork by a locally renowned artist.   

These (non-monetary) awards honor individuals and businesses in three categories:   

  • Arts Patron Award: An individual or business leader providing extensive 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 through activism, patronage, and/or volunteerism.  
  • Creative Community Innovator Award: An individual or small or mid-size commercial creative business contributing to making Santa Monica’s arts and culture sector ‘cutting edge’ through experimentation, design, or cultural sustainability.  
Santa Monicans interested in nominating a City resident for an award can find nomination forms and instructions by clicking here.

Nominations are subject to annual rollover.  Once nominated, all nominees remain in the annual nominations pool until s/he receives an award.



~ 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.  



Last updated: 12/26/2017
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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.