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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.
We’re located at:
415 Pacific Coast Hwy
Santa Monica, CA 90402
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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.
Apply for a residency
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.
For questions about the Residency, please call 310.458.2257 or send an email to [email protected].
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.
- Tuesday, June 18 – Sunday, June 23
- Online Schedule/RSVP
- Complete program information (PDF)
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.
- 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Fall, Winter & Spring
- 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Hours are subject to change. To confirm, please call 310-458-4904.
This year’s exhibitions take as their theme “collective memory and celebration.”
On and Off the Street
January 21, 2019 - 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.
May 4, 2019 - 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.
Year-round, check out literary events with local presses and literary organizations, discussions of art and ideas and other happenings.
City of Santa Monica Calendar
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 [email protected], 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.
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.