Art of Recovery:

An Initiative of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs

Program Description:

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.

This program is designed to connect artists to other sectors, by initiating and supporting connections between artists and business improvement districts, neighborhood groups and other entities. By creating stronger cross-sector networks, this program aims to have a major impact on the arts in Santa Monica over the long term.

 

Visit the project on the Cultural Affairs website

Project Locations:

Currently on view to the public.
No longer on view to the public.

Día de los Muertos Installation

Artist: Ricardo Soltero
Description: Larger than the afterlife sculpture installation for the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday.
Host: The Pier Corporation

Location: Santa Monica Pier
Dates on View: This artwork was on view October 31 – November 2, 2020 and is no longer installed.

Bob Baker's Windows of Wonderment

Artist: Bob Baker Marionette Theater
Description: The Bob Baker Marionette Theater and their precocious puppets took over the merry-go-round windows for a one-of-a-kind installation that celebrated the theater’s most beloved historical productions.
Host: The Pier Corporation
Location: Santa Monica Pier Merry-Go-Round
Dates on View: This artwork was on view 
November 25, 2020 – January 7, 2021 and is no longer installed. 

Rose River Memorial

Artist: Marcos Lutyens
Description:
An exhibition and collective memorial of felt roses, made by community members, each honoring someone from Los Angeles lost to COVID-19.
Host: Building Bridges Art Exchange, Bergamot businesses
Location: Building Bridges Art Exchange
Dates on view:
This artwork is currently on view.

What’s 6 Feet?

Artist: Marni Gittleman. Collaborating artists: Kaveri Singh Artworks​, ​Bobby Z​; Student artists: Katie Irish, Joseph Kahlr
Description: An Instagram pass-it-on challenge of community inspired physical distancing decals for essential businesses and shared public space. A resiliency campaign to highlight our humanness, honor, show & share experiences of living life at a distance during the pandemic and foster connection via participatory street art.
Host: Santa Monica Cultural Affairs

Locations: Santa Monica Pier Carousel, Virginia Avenue Park, Huckleberry, Milo & Olive
Dates on View: This artwork was on view February – July 2021 and is no longer installed.

The Social Power of Civic Art in Santa Monica

Artist: Facilitated by Sara Dalieden, Sue Bell Yank
Description: A community conversation exploring the social power of art in our public, civic spaces, imagining its role in the future direction of Santa Monica.
Host: 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica Cultural Affairs
Location: online
Dates on View: March 11, 2021, 5-6:30pm
 

SHINEOnline

Organization Name: Santa Monica Repertory Theater, Santa Monica Cultural Affairs
Description:
Everyone has a story! The goal is to gather and archive at least 100 stories. We can’t do that without storytellers, and that could be YOU! We’re reaching out, teaching workshops, providing coaching, and producing shows highlighting stories of Santa Monica told by Santa Monicans.
Host: Santa Monica Repertory Theater, Santa Monica Cultural Affairs
Location: Online. Video Archive: https://vimeo.com/user128783776
Dates on view:
Ongoing

Undanced Dances Through Prison Walls During a Pandemic

Image of Undanced Dances Through Prison Walls During a Pandemic

Artist: Suchi Branfman
Description: In 2016, choreographer and educator, Suchi Branfman, began a five-year choreographic residency inside the California Rehabilitation Center, a medium-security state men’s prison in Norco, California. The project, dubbed Dancing Through Prison Walls, developed into a critical dialogue about freedom, confinement, and how we survive restriction, limitations, and denial of liberty through the act of dancing. The project abruptly ended in March 2020, when the California state prison system shut down programming and visitation due to Covid-19. The work was rapidly revised, and the incarcerated dancers began sending out written choreographies from their bunks to the outside world. The resulting collection of deeply imagined choreographic pieces, written between March and May of 2020, was dubbed Undanced Dances Through Prison Walls During a Pandemic. With artistic direction by Suchi Branfman and cinematography by Tom Tsai, the dances are powerfully narrated by Marc Antoni Charcas, Ernst Fenelon Jr., Richie Martinez and Romarilyn Ralston (formerly incarcerated movers and organizers) and choreographically interpreted by a group of brilliant choreographers: Bernard Brown, Jay Carlon, Irvin Gonzalez, Kenji Igus, Brianna Mims and Tom Tsai (all of whom have joined Branfman dancing inside the Norco prison). Each team was entrusted with bringing one of the written dances to action. Between them, they are steeped in hip hop, tap, breaking, performance art, quebradita, spoken word, Bhutto and contemporary dance forms. Released from prison during the summer of 2020, Richie Martinez joins the cast as he narrates and performs in Richie’s Disappearing Acts which he wrote while incarcerated at the Norco prison during the pandemic. The virtual event included a film of the written work transformed into embodied dances in sites throughout the Santa Monica civic center area, drawing focus to the nation’s school to prison nexus (Meiners, 2007), followed by a conversation with the eleven artists involved.
Host: Produced by 18th Street Arts Center

Locations: Online
Dates on View:4/16/2021, 6:30 – 8pm

Archive of Hopes and Dreams

Photograph of Paula Goldman's Archive of Hopes and Dreams installed on banners in Downtown Santa Monica

Artist: Paula Goldman
Description: The Archive of Hopes and Dreams is a virtual meeting place for Santa Monicans to share stories and their dreams for a post-COVID world.

Host: ASU School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Downtown Santa Monica
Location: Online, with some stories being printed on postcards and banners and distributed or hung in various locations in Santa Monica.
Dates on View: Ongoing

Main Street K-Rail Mural Project 2020

Artists: Gus Harper, Ginoflo, Maybe Sandy, Nicole Sherman, Sara Sandoval, Thread, Ms. Yellow, GIGO
Description: OPA, the Main Street merchants and Beautify Earth collaborated to transform the plain K-Rail concrete safety barriers into a public gallery of vibrant and diverse art by local artists. The flowing horizontal murals help unite and celebrate the streetscape, reflect individual sites, and attract residents and visitors alike to Main Street’s restaurants and retailers.
Hosts:
Ocean Park Association, Main Street Business Improvement Association, Beautify Earth
Location: Along Main Street, between Bay St and Marine St
Dates on view: Currently on view.

Main Street K-Rail Mural Project 2021

Artists: Maya Reese Greenwald, Grant Conboy, Nicole Sherman, Bobby Rodriguez, Shplinton, Jody Zellen, Joy Hallare, Clam Diggin’ (Kevin Johnson and Alexandra Fisher)
Description: OPA, the Main Street merchants and Beautify Earth collaborated to transform the plain K-Rail concrete safety barriers into a public gallery of vibrant and diverse art by local artists. The flowing horizontal murals help unite and celebrate the streetscape, reflect individual sites, and attract residents and visitors alike to Main Street’s restaurants and retailers.
Hosts:
Ocean Park Association, Main Street Business Improvement Association, Beautify Earth
Location: Along Main Street, between Bay St and Marine St
Dates on view: Currently on view.

Maya Reese Greenwald (24 Hours)

Grant Conboy (Social Tapestry)

Nicole Sherman (Chasing California Sunsets)

Bobby Rodriguez (Z's Creation)

Shplinton (Bright Eyes)

Clam Diggin' (Kevin Johnson and Alexandra Fisher) (Ocean Park Gold)

Jody Zellen (Yankee Doodle)

Joy Hallare (Lost Treasure)

Grant Conboy (Dancing in the Moonlight)

Winterlit Holiday-Inspired Art Installations

Artists: Debra Scacco, Haus of Dévlin, Jeff Nishinaka, Paula Goldman, RFX1, Bunnie Reiss, Jaya Tengco, Parisa Parnian, Phyllis Green
Description: Holiday-inspired art installations came to life at eleven stops throughout Third Street Promenade featuring window displays in storefronts and murals created by local artists who were asked to interpret what the holiday season meant to them during an unprecedented year that had been anything but normal.
Hosts:
Third Street Promenade, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.
Location: Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, 90401
Dates on view: This artwork was on view November 27, 2020 – January 23, 2021 and is no longer installed.

Debra Scacco

Haus of Dévlin

Paula Goldman

Parisa Parnian

Jeff Nishinaka

Downtown Santa Monica Black History Month

Artists: Shplinton, A Brilliant Dummy, Mira Gandy
Description: Public art installations along Third Street Promenade to honor the Black experience and draw attention to the contributions made by African Americans and those of African descent, as part of a greater effort in the City of Santa Monica to deepen our knowledge and foster understanding of other cultures and experiences that have been marginalized or overlooked due to a legacy of slavery and institutional racism.
Hosts:
Third Street Promenade, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.
Location: Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, 90401
Dates on view: This artwork was on view through March and April of 2021 and is no longer installed.

Shplinton (Warm Waves)

A Brilliant Dummy (Shades of Us)

Mira Gandy (Phenomenal Women)