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
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.

Main Street K-Rail Mural Project

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.
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.