Beach=Culture at Annenberg Community Beach House

Choreographer-in-Residence Jay Carlon’s Out of Bounds, featuring dancers Christopher Bordenave, Jay Carlon, Isaac Huerta and Samantha Mohr, 2017

Come join us

Welcome to Beach=Culture, a year-round series of free events at the Annenberg Community Beach House. Beach=Culture features exhibitions, artist residencies, literary programs and other pop-up arts experiences. Come down to the beach and find the unexpected - poetry amidst the swimmers, sculpture alongside volleyball players, and dance at the foot of the Pacific Ocean.

NOTICE: The Beach House will be closed to the public until further notice. Beach=Culture programming is going virtual!

August 26, 2020 at 4pm PST, Santa Monica Cultural Affairs and Red Hen Press present Beach=Culture: East Coast Vibes on a West Coast Beach, a virtual event hosted by the Annenberg Community Beach House:  

Beach=Culture brings a breath of fresh East Coast air to our western shores with this livestreamed event featuring Chelsea Catherine, Melanie Conroy-Goldman, Didi Jackson, Major Jackson, Patricia Spears Jones, and Willie Perdomo. Stayed tuned after to listen to a conversation on the influence the East Coast plays in their writing.  Moderated by Patricia Spears Jones. 

Check back here on August 26, 2020 at 4 pm to view the Livestream.

The event is part of a series of literary readings in partnership with Red Hen Press. Sign up for updates from Santa Monica Cultural Affairs here and Annenberg Beach House here. #ArtSaMo #SMBeachHouse

For more information about artist residency applications and calls for curators, please visit Opportunities or join the email list to be notified of future calls.

We’re located at:

415 Pacific Coast Hwy
Santa Monica, CA 90402


Artists-in-Residence Program

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.

Artists in Residence from 2009-2019

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. A notable change at the Beach House is that the gallery is closed until further notice. Check back for updates and artist opportunities in the fall.

Past Exhibits

On July 29, 2020 at 4pm PST, Santa Monica Cultural Affairs and Red Hen Press presented Beach=Culture: Life’s a Beach: Publishing in a Pandemic, a virtual event hosted by the Annenberg Community Beach House:  

What’s it like to publish your first book during a pandemic?  Moderated by Kristen Millares Young, join Kristen, Reema Rajbanshi, Deborah A. Lott, Elizabeth Earley, and Anna Dorn as they read from their recently published works and discuss the challenges, triumphs, and unexpected realities of publishing during a pandemic.

On July 1, 2020 at 4pm PST,  Santa Monica Cultural Affairs and Red Hen Press presented Beach=Culture: PRIDE at the Beach, a virtual event hosted by the Annenberg Community Beach House:  

LGBTQ+ authors Judy Grahn, Francisco Aragón, and Ryka Aoki, and Amber Flame read from their recent and forthcoming works. Following the reading, moderator Jason Schneiderman asked 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?

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. 

Beach Dances

Jay Carlon, Four Triangles, performed during Beach Dances, June 2018
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.

The 2019 program took place Tuesday June 18-Sunday June 23: More info, Online RSVP - Printable program (PDF), interview with curator, interview with two choreographers.

Upcoming Events

    Getting Here

    Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. If you require any special disability related accommodations (i.e. sign language interpreting, access to an amplified sound system, etc.), please contact us at, call us at (310) 458-8350 or TDD: (310) 458-8696 at least 5 days prior to the event.

    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 information


    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.
    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.
    Parking information