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18th Street Arts Center | Santa Monica, CA

18th Street Arts Center

18th Street Arts Center is an international arts center supporting emerging to mid-career artists working with issues of social consciousness, community, and diversity. Through 18th Street’s residency program, exhibitions, workshops, and community festivals, the organization encourages and supports the creation of cutting-edge contemporary art and fosters collaboration and interaction between artists and arts organizations locally, nationally and internationally.

Location: 18th Street Arts Center is 1.5 miles from the ocean in the heart of Santa Monica, a growing city on the Westside of Los Angeles.

Residency length: 1 month minimum stay, up to 2 months

Average # of artists in-residence at a time: 20+

Housing: Private live/work apartment; cable TV, wireless internet, and bikes provided for each unit

Studios + other facilities: Private studio (in live/work apartment); ladder, work tables, and a few basic hand tools provided in each studio; some video projection equipment available

Meals: Not provided (full kitchen in apartment; grocery stores and restaurants nearby)

Accessibility: Wheel-chair accessible live/work units are available; common spaces, gallery, offices, and grounds are accessible

Presenting opportunities + public engagement: Twice a year 18th Street holds an open studio night highlighting artists in residence for an audience of art insiders and supporters. Visiting artists-in-residence are invited to participate with an open studio on those nights. Artists often do small installations in their studio and meet curators and other artists during these events. 18th Street also hosts an intimate potluck lunch with all the artists in residence once per month during a residency. For artists interested in collaborating or working with the public, 18th Street staff can help coordinate small interventions, with advance communication prior to the artist’s arrival.

Other services: 18th Street provides interns to escort the artists to art sites around Los Angeles and to assist the artist with specific needs. 18th Street is home to multiple nonprofit organizations and several year-round artists that specialize in video production, performance art, movement, and public practice. These organizations are frequently willing to collaborate on projects with our artists-in-residence. If you are interested in collaborating with anyone on the list, please let 18th Street know in advance so that the staff can help facilitate your introduction. (A list of organizations-in-residence can be found here:

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