Beach=Culture at Annenberg Community Beach House
Welcome to Beach=Culture, a year-round series of free arts and ideas events at the Annenberg Community Beach House. Beach=Culture features exhibitions, artist residencies,
Image: Therese Kelly, Under the Umbrella, 2018
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 Artist(s)
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
Summer hours: 9am-6pm; off-season hours: 9am-4pm. Hours subject to change; call 310-458-4904 to confirm.
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.
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.
Image: Jay Carlon, Four Triangles, performed by Raymond Ejiofor, Shauna Davis, Kim Thompson & Samuel Wentz, Beach Dances 2018
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.
- Take the Expo line to Downtown Santa Monica Station. The beach house is 1.8 miles away from the station.
- Take the Big Blue Bus or Metro Bus.
- Metro Bikes are available at the Downtown Santa Monica Station. Bike racks are available at the beach house.
- 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.
Shared Mobility Devices cannot be used within the facility. Electric scooters are not allowed on the bike path.
Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. If you require any special