Reed Park Pop-up Grant Program Selects 10 Recipients

January 29, 2020
by Shira Moch

Reed Park Pop-up Grant Program Selects 10 Recipients

The City of  Santa Monica’s Reed Park Pop-Up Grant Program is a new opportunity for  Santa Monica residents, businesses, and community organizations to engage and connect with one another through temporary enhancements, events, or programming in Reed Park, located at 1133 7th Street.   

Congratulations to the winners of the Reed Park Pop-Up Grant program! Below is a list of awardees creating events for everyone to enjoy. Bring family and friends to enjoy these community gatherings.


Chinese New Year Celebration: Chinese New Year showcase and workshop that will be held in Joslyn Hall, to teach the community about Chinese culture. The West LA Chinese Children’s Choir will sing Chinese songs and teach the audience words to sing along. Chinese New Year-themed arts and crafts will also be offered.

Date: February 8, 2020, from 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Grantee: Silvia Liu


Tennis + Game Zone: Fun activities for tennis tournament participants and spectators to create a family fun day environment while the tennis tournaments are taking place on the courts. Activities could include life-size lawn games, education and outreach about tennis opportunities, free on-court tennis games, and giveaways.

Date: February 23 and March 29, 2020, from 1 – 5 p.m.

Grantee: Debbie Mahdessian who runs the Santa Monica Tennis Collective and Aisling Bower who is part of the United States Tennis Association


Recycling for Play: interactive play with recycled materials for children and families to learn about the benefits of recycling and how to reuse household items. A reading area with children’s books and resources for parents about recycling will also be offered.

Date: March 14 and March 18, 2020, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Grantee: Michelle Johnson and Jo Bell with the Kidz Korner Children’s Center


Vocal Improvisation: a vocal improvisation circle that teaches the foundations of vocal improvisation through a workshop format to create original music on the spot. Strangers will gather to create the circle and connect through the process of creating music that has never existed before.

Date: March 21, 2020, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 – 4 p.m.

Grantee: Monique DeBose with support from Emile Hassan Dyer of the Golden Bridge Choir 


Poetry Reading: continuing education adult learners at Santa Monica College will showcase their poetry writing to the community and connect with other people interested in poetry or learning more about it.

Date: March 28, 2020, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Grantee: Betzi Richardson and her students from Santa Monica College   


Birds in the Park: a hands-on way to learn about wild birds discover ways to help the bird population and connect people with nature through wild bird watching at Reed Park. Bird specialists on-site will offer guided bird walks around the park to identify bird species and host learning stations.

Date: April 4, 2020, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Grantee: Julie Hanson who owns Wild Birds Unlimited and her daughter Anneliese who is a SaMoHi student   


Wilmont Kult Fest: an all-ages concert showcasing southern California bands and pop-up food tents to promote music education and celebration in a family-friendly picnic setting.

Date: May 2, 2020, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Grantee: Laurence Eubank and Elizabeth Van Denburgh on behalf of Wilmont Neighborhood Coalition


Student Robotics Showcase: showcase to present and operate a student-built robot, materials used for design and build, and opportunity for SaMo students and parents to connect with STEM curriculum and engineering principles.

Date: May 3, 2020, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Grantee: Ruben Aronun and Nuri Halperin along with 33 students who are part of Samovar Robotics (an extra-curricular collaboration between the Michelle and Barak Obama Center for Inquiry and Exploration and SaMoHi


Jazz Concert: original jazz music performance by the Dennis Mitcheltree Trio. The saxophone, bass, and drums will play together to bring music to Reed Park.

Date: May 9, 2020, from 3 – 5 p.m.

Grantee: Dennis Mitcheltree with the American Music Group


Art Installation: signature art installation with the intention of creating a hub of interconnected living beings, reflecting the park’s role as a place for greater community and connection. The installation is multi-dimensional and engages sight, movement, and sound to foster contemplation and sonic experimentation.

Date: June 2, 4, and 10, 2020, from 1 – 8 p.m. and June 7, 2020, from noon – 6 p.m.

Grantee: Jaqueline Kim and Charles Ryan McCrory are part of Mobile Studio design space  


Apply for Grant Cycle 2 on April 1, 2020, to create an exciting community event at Reed Park!

About the Program

Public spaces attract people, build community by bringing people together, and create local identity. Some public parks and open spaces were created to provide access to peaceful nature, others adventure and play, and some for community gathering. Reed Park, nestled in the Wilmont neighborhood, offers all of these opportunities. Propose YOUR way to bring people together in Reed Park.  Grants will be awarded twice a year.

Grant Program Timeline  

Cycle 2 (2020-2021) 

April 1 – call for applications 

May 1 – application deadline 

June 1 – grant winners notified 

Week of June 15 – awardee online orientation 

June 18 – grant winners announced at Recreation & Parks Commission meeting 

July 1 to December 31 – activations can take place 

January 29 – final report due  

February 18 – virtual project showcase 



Contact the Community & Cultural Services Departmen
for an application in a language other than English. 

Community & Cultural Services Department 

1685 Main Street, Room 210 

Santa Monica, CA 90401 

(310) 458-8310 

CCS.Mailbox@smgov.net 

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