With a rich collection of public art and a diverse creative population, Santa Monica is dedicated to the belief that art is a basic city service and is essential to our city’s continued vitality. Our extensive collection, which ranges from murals to interactive installations, fortifies the city’s cultural base and enhances the overall Santa Monica experience. The City of Santa Monica remains committed to integrating art into the daily life of our community, and invites you to enjoy the collection of public art that makes our city great.

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Art of Recovery

An Initiative of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs

As part of the City of Santa Monica’s Economic Recovery Task Force, Cultural Affairs launched Art of Recovery in November 2020. This grant program harnesses the arts to play a major role in recovery efforts while highlighting Santa Monica as a place of culture and unique experiences. Inspired by the WPA-era’s Federal Art Project, this initiative puts artists to work to implement projects that strengthen and connect Santa Monica. Art of Recovery focuses on three main priorities: economic recovery, community connectedness & restorative justice, and public health & safety.

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Lives that Bind: a restorative justice installation

Curated by jill moniz, phd

Exhibition photo by Halline Overby

In this new semi-permanent installation at City Hall East, the City of Santa Monica celebrates LA County artists whose visual languages sustain and enrich our community with their diverse practices. Seen together in dialogue, these artworks promote the restoration of voices that have been marginalized, and offer connections that bind generations, viewpoints, ideas and cultural histories into a new perspective on Santa Monica’s cultural landscape.

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Art Bank: Selected Works from the City of Santa Monica Art Collection

Annenberg Community Beach House

Image of a sculpture of a blue horse standing on books held within a plexiglass cover.

Roland Reiss, Blue Moon, 1992

Stop by the Annenberg Community Beach House for Art Bank: Selected Works from the City of Santa Monica Art Collection and view pieces by standout artists from Southern California and further afield. Paintings, prints, photography, and sculpture join public art project maquettes and preparatory drawings for an eclectic mixture of style and subject. The Art Bank municipal art collection was instituted in 1984 to bring art into Santa Monica’s public spaces, and is funded through the City of Santa Monica’s Percent for Art Program.

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