January 19, 2022 9:45 a.m.
Since its launch in 2020, as part of the City of Santa Monica’s economic recovery, the Art of Recovery initiative has received over 200 project ideas and funded 24 artistic works and creative projects that have employed over 100 artists. These projects have transformed some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and public spaces into vibrant works of art. To expand these efforts, the City’s Cultural Affairs team is implementing a new model where projects will be paired and produced in collaboration with a production partner. One of the main goals of the new model is to continue to build an ecosystem of support for artists and projects, providing learning, networking and opportunities for artists to work across all sectors. This helps build the capacity and sustainability of local art producers, with the ultimate goal of providing greater community access to artistic experiences.
The City is thrilled to announce the first group of six production partners kicking off in the first quarter of 2022. The group ranges from business improvement districts and neighborhood associations to arts organizations, and includes:
- Downtown Santa Monica – Manages the downtown property-based business assessment district and works with the City of Santa Monica to manage services and operations in the area, promoting economic stability, growth and community life.
- Ocean Park Association – The Ocean Park neighborhood association works closely with the Main Street Business Improvement Association.
- Montana Avenue Merchants Association – The business improvement district that represents Montana Avenue businesses spanning ten city blocks and more than 150 stores and storefronts.
- 18th Street Arts Center – Southern California’s largest artist residency, supporting artists from around the world with studios at Santa Monica Airport and 18th and Olympic.
In addition, partners to facilitate the production and documentation of Art of Recovery projects have also been selected:
- Community Arts Resources – Producers of cultural events who create unique experiences where art, culture, community and civic life come together.
- Halline Overby – Contemporary content creator with a diverse background in videography (shooting, editing), photography, filmmaking, graphic design, podcast production and social media.
The City intends to make another call for production partners this year and once the first round has started.
Project concept applications are accepted on a rolling basis and artists, arts and non-arts organizations are invited to submit a project concept related to one of the initiative’s four goals: economic recovery; racial justice and cultural equity; welfare and public health; and community connectivity. Project concepts can be submitted online at bit.ly/SantaMonicaArtofRecovery.
For more information about Art of Recovery, visit www.santamonica.gov/arts.
Public Information Officer
Arts, Culture & Entertainment, The Arts
Photo: Shplinton’s ‘Warm Waves’, part of the Black History Month 2021 art installations on Third Street Promenade.