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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, literary programs and other scheduled and pop-up arts experiences. Come down to the beach and find the unexpected - poetry amidst the swimmers, sculpture alongside volleyball players, dance in the middle of the sand. 

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.


Beach House Artist-in-Residence Therese Kelly leads a tour about water usage, 2018

Artists in Residence from 2009-2019

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. For questions about the Residency, email or call 310-458-2257.

Image: Therese Kelly, Under the Umbrella, 2018

Beach Dances

Jay Carlon, Four Triangles, performed during Beach Dances, June 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 takes place Tuesday June 18-Sunday June 23: More info, Online RSVP - Printable program (PDF)

Image: Jay Carlon, Four Triangles, performed by Raymond Ejiofor, Shauna Davis, Kim Thompson & Samuel Wentz, Beach Dances 2018

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.

2019 Program: This year's exhibitions take as their theme "collective memory and celebration." 

  • On and Off the Street

    January 21 - April 30, 2019

    Curated by M. Robert Markovich.

    Featured artists are Philip Adam, Cindy Bendat, Tommi Cahill, M. Robert Markovich, Douglas McCulloh, and William Purcell.

    An exhibition of street photography examining the blurred lines of overlapping public, private and personal space.
    Image: Cindy Bendat, Flag Woman: L.A. Woman's March, 2017

  • And then there is California.

    Kelly Wall, "Dusty Cheeks"

    May 4 - September 2, 2019

    May 12, 12-5pm: Opening Reception & Performance

    Curated by Beck+Col.

    Featured artists: Santiago Acero, Alia Ali, Diego Barrientos, Kira Doutt, Philipp Farra, lydon frank, Hanieh Khatibi, Serena Himmelfarb, Chloe Levaillant, Alicia Piller and Kelly Wall.

    These eleven artists all share an interpretation of southern California which they have adopted as their home.
    Image: Kelly Wall, Dusty Cheeks (still)

  • Memories of Diaspora: Immigration Narratives of Los Angeles by Art Division

    September 9, 2019 - January 5, 2020

    Curated by Daniel McCleary of Art Division.

    Featured artists are Demian Flores, Javier Carrillo, Luis Serrano, Jessica Cuautle, Sanda Maldonado, Narsiso Martinez, Otis Woods, Diego Rodarte Planter, Rosario/La Pitzola, Luis Hernandez, Luis Mateo, Victor Reyes, Maria Galicia, Emmanuel Galvez, & Sergio Teran.

    The unbroken horizon between ocean and sky is one of the most iconic images of Los Angeles. For those of us born and raised in California, the horizon is part of our everyday life, we may take for granted as just another beautiful view in our home city. For the thousands of immigrants who have come to Los Angeles over generations, the horizon over the Pacific Ocean is a symbol of hope, freedom, and the promise of new life.

Literary and Other Programs

Year-round, check out events with local presses and literary organizations, and discussions with artists, architects, historians and others.

Upcoming Events

    Getting Here

    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 disability related accommodations (i.e. sign language interpreting, access to an amplified sound system, etc.), please contact us at culture@smgov.net, call us at (310) 458-8350 or TDD: (310) 458-8696 at least 5 days prior to the event.

    We're located at:

    415 Pacific Coast Hwy
    Santa Monica, CA 90402



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