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Welcome to Beach=Culture, a year-round series of free events at the Annenberg Community Beach House. Beach=Culture features exhibitions, artist residencies,
NOTICE: The Beach House will be closed to the public until further notice. Beach=Culture programming is going virtual!
July 1, 2020 at 4pm PST, Santa Monica Cultural Affairs and Red Hen Press present Beach=Culture: PRIDE at the Beach, a virtual event hosted by the Annenberg Community Beach House:
Join LGBTQ+ authors Judy Grahn, Francisco Aragón, and Ryka Aoki, and Amber Flame as they read from their recent and forthcoming works.
Following the reading, moderator Jason Schneiderman asks the panel what is PRIDE without celebrations where queer communities come together to feel seen and heard? What does PRIDE look like now, especially considering the national conversation about racial justice?
Check back here on July 1, 2020 at 4 pm to view the Livestream.
The event is part of a series of literary readings in partnership with Red Hen Press. Upcoming online events will be held on July 29 at 4pm and August 26 at 4pm. Sign up for updates from Santa Monica Cultural Affairs here and Annenberg Beach House here. #ArtSaMo
We’re located at:
415 Pacific Coast Hwy
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Several times a year local artists work out of an office at the Marion Davies Guest House, sharing their progress with the public in person and online. Year-round the Beach=Culture program presents events associated with residencies. Residents include annual Fall and Spring Writers and alternating-year Choreographers and Social Practice Artists. Check out the resident blog. Visit current Opportunities for more.
Current Resident Artists
January 15 – March 18, 2020
Nathalie Kramer was born in Paris and grew up in France and California. Her stories have been published in Faultline Journal of Arts and Letters and in the Santa Monica Review, and have received numerous Honorable Mentions in Glimmer Train's New Writers Awards. Ms Kramer’s work has been short-listed for the Disquiet Literary Prize in Portugal. She is a Writing By Writers Fellow and currently studies fiction at the Bennington MFA Writing Seminars. She lives in Los Angeles.
Join Nathalie and a group of local writers for her first event:
California Authors/A Panel
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
The event is free of charge. Reservations are requested but not required.
Public office hours for Natalie Kramer:
- Monday January 27
- 12pm – 2pm
- Monday February 10
- 12pm – 2pm
- Monday February 24
- 12pm – 2pm
- Monday March 9
- 12pm – 2pm
Three exhibits each year showcase the work of regional artists and artist groups – both emerging and established. The gallery program is designed to inspire Beach House guests with fun, challenging, and provocative art in an unexpected context.
- 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Fall, Winter & Spring
- 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Hours are subject to change. To confirm, please call 310-458-4904.
Outside Looking In: An Exhibition of Artists Facing Homelessness
On view: January 16, 2020 - April 27, 2020
January 16, 2020, 6:30-8:30pm Opening Reception
Co-curated by Jasmine Monet Davis and Emma Thorne-Christy
On display from January 16 at the Annenberg Community Beach House Art Gallery will be an exhibit co-curated by photographer Jasmine Monet Davis, who was previously homeless in her own life, and graphic designer Emma Thorne-Christy. The exhibit will feature the life of Arlene, a working nurse practitioner and single mother of four kids (ages 3-17), who lives in motel rooms across the San Fernando Valley while trying to maintain some sense of routine and normalcy for her children. The exhibition will also feature self-exploratory works from young artists experiencing homelessness who are based at the Healing Arts Program at Safe Place for Youth in Venice. The opening reception will focus on the artists and the community and will include a panel discussion on homelessmness and how the public can help. Beach=Culture is a program of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs #ArtSaMo. Reservations for the opening event are not required, but if you register for this program you consent to receiving occasional email about cultural events from www.eventbrite.com
Literary and Other Programs
Year-round, check out events with local presses and literary organizations, and discussions with artists, architects, historians and others. For 2019 we feature our ongoing Red Hen Press readings and events with Unnamed Press and the New Short Fiction Series.
An annual celebration of dance in the midst of the daily life of the Beach House, every June. Beach House guests and passersby are invited to participate in workshops and view open rehearsals and performances with local choreographers.
Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. If you require any special
Shared Mobility Devices cannot be used within the facility. Electric scooters are not allowed on the bike path.
Take the Expo line to Downtown Santa Monica Station. The beach house is 1.8 miles away from the station.
Metro Bikes are available at the Downtown Santa Monica Station. Bike racks are available at the beach house.
Information for bicyclists
Parking is available at the Beach House and in Beach Lots 9 & 8 North. Machines in three areas of the Beach House lot take cards and cash. For evening events, please note that the lot stays open after stated times and payments are still required.