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Reed Park Pop-up Grant Program Selects 10 Recipients

January 29, 2020 9:20 AM
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 (information subject to change). Bring family and friends to enjoy these community gatherings.

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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.(Postponed Until Further Notice)

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

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. (Postponed Until Further Notice)

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. (Postponed Until Further Notice)

Grantee: Betzi Richardson and her students from Santa Monica College   

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 April 18, 2020, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Postponed Until Further Notice)

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

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. (Postponed Until Further Notice)

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

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. (Postponed Until Further Notice)

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. (Postponed Until Further Notice)

Grantee: Dennis Mitcheltree with the American Music Group

Apply for Grant Cycle 2 on April 1, 2020 (postponed until further notice), 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  

Reed Park Pop Up Application Guide 

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 

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