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18th Street Arts Center Reopening Information (Updated June 15, 2021)
With the new LA County reopening protocols, 18th Street Arts Center will now welcome walk-in visitors to view exhibitions at our Airport Campus (3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica). Though we still encourage you to make an appointment for ease and convenience, it is no long required.
The Airport Campus galleries are open
Monday-Friday from 11 AM - 5 PM, and Saturday hours from 12-5 PM will begin on July 31.
Olympic Campus (1639 18th Street) hours are Monday-Friday from 11 AM - 5 PM.

Make an appointment here - just select the exhibition you are interested in.

Please note that all visitors to 18SAC's campus must still wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status, in order to protect members of our artist community that live and work in the space. Please stay home if you are not feeling well.

To explore our current and recent exhibitions online, please visit https://18thstreet.org/exhibitions/ to view 360 virtual tours, recorded virtual talks, images, and catalogue essays. We also have a full schedule of virtual programs, including art workshops, artist talks, and conversations. Register or learn more at: https://18thstreet.org/events-calendar/

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Institute of United Minds, a manifesto driven project, 2022. Photo courtesy of Melinda Smith Altshuler. "The world is not comprehensible but is embraceable through the embracing of one of it’s beings" -Martin Buber The goals we set through the Institute of United Minds are to explore different embraces of the mind and how we can or cannot survive life’s experience and life itself.

Collective Acts of Peace / Actos colectivos de paz

March 14, 2022 - June 4, 2022

Artists in residence at 18th Street Arts Center are pleased to present Collective Acts of Peace, a selection of 18th Street projects with the aim of exploring different embraces of the creative mind in the midst of an endless global pandemic. Featuring the work of Alexandra Dillon, Ameeta Nanji, Crystal Michaelson, Daniela Schweitzer, David McDonald,  Debra Disman, Doni Silver Simons, Joan Abrahamson, Joan Wulf,  Julia Michelle Dawson, Labkhand Olfatmanesh, Lola del Fresno, M Susan Broussard, Melinda Smith Altshuler, Rebecca Youssef,…

Creative Roundtable: NFT AMA (ask me anything) with Anuradha Vikram and Peter Wu

March 17, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Creative Roundtable: NFT AMA (ask me anything) with Anuradha Vikram and Peter Wu Thursday, March 17 | 12-1 PM Join Anuradha Vikram, curator, and Peter Wu, curator at EPOCH gallery, in an AMA (ask me anything) around NFTs and their potential for artists and arts organizations. They will discuss some practicalities of NFTs- from contracts and production to distribution; and some of the traps of the virtual and crypto space.  To get familiar with the topic of NFTs before this Creative…

Lucia Monge, Plantón móvil, 2010-ongoing. Plants, megaphones, Plantón Móvil book, and video documentation of the project. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Radical Propagations/ Propagaciones Radicales

March 21, 2022 - July 30, 2022

18th Street Arts Center is pleased to present the exhibition Radical Propagations/ Propagaciones Radicales curated by artist and researcher Maru García, and featuring the work of Alberto Tlatoa, Lucía Monge, Rashonda Bartney, Rebecca Youssef, and Yrneh Gabon, on view in the Propeller Gallery at 18th Street Arts Center’s Airport Campus (3026 Airport Ave. in Santa Monica) from March 21 - July 30, 2022. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 12-5pm. Masks are required at all times. Walk ins are welcome,…

Plant Propagation + Watering w/ artist Maru García

March 22, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until July 26, 2022

Plant Propagation + Watering w/ artist Maru García Tuesdays |  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Ongoing from March 22 to July 26, 2022 Part of Radical Propagations/ Propagaciones Radicales 18th Street Arts Center | Propeller Gallery 3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica Join artist Maru García every Tuesday at noon for conversation and maintenance of the exhibition Radical Propagations/ Propagaciones Radicales at 18th Street Arts Center’s Propeller Gallery, Airport Campus (3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA). This exhibition includes the work…

Creative Roundtable: Ara Oshagan | Reflectspace Gallery

March 24, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Thursday, March 24 | 12-1 PM Ara Oshagan | Reflectspace Gallery Personal and communal narratives of genocide, war, and multigenerational catastrophe that gives rise to new identities and states are the core themes that inform artist Ara Oshagan artistic and curatorial practices. He will be sharing more on these practices, including an introduction to Reflectspace Gallery,  a new hybrid exhibition space designed to explore and reflect on major human atrocities, genocides, and civil rights violations, in this Creative Roundtable. This…

Lucia Monge, Plantón móvil, 2010-ongoing. Plants, megaphones, Plantón Móvil book, and video documentation of the project. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Exhibition Walkthrough with Curator Maru García: Radical Propagations/ Propagaciones Radicales

March 26, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Exhibition Walkthrough with Curator Maru García: Radical Propagations Saturday, March 26, 2022 11-11:30 am | English tour 12-12:30 pm | Spanish tour 11-1 pm | Open Studios 18th Street Arts Center | Propeller Gallery 3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica Join curator Maru García for an in-person exhibition walkthrough of Radical Propagations at 18th Street Arts Center’s Propeller Gallery, Airport Campus (3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA) on Saturday, March 26. There will be two 30-minute tours offered, one in English at…

Christopher McBride

Christopher McBride | Make Jazz Culminating Concert

March 26, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Christopher McBride & The Whole Proof | Lessons on the PathMake Jazz Culminating Concert Saturday, March 26, 2022 |  7:00-8:30 pm Livestream from The World Stage As 18th Street Arts Center’s 2022 Make Jazz Fellow,  alto saxophonist Christopher McBride brings his dedication in creating stories for audiences through soulful and melodically indelible tunes to a new body of work he will create while in residence at 18th Street Arts Center. The new compositions created during his Make Jazz residency will…

Plant Propagation + Watering w/ artist Maru García

March 29, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until July 26, 2022

Plant Propagation + Watering w/ artist Maru García Tuesdays |  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Ongoing from March 22 to July 26, 2022 Part of Radical Propagations/ Propagaciones Radicales 18th Street Arts Center | Propeller Gallery 3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica Join artist Maru García every Tuesday at noon for conversation and maintenance of the exhibition Radical Propagations/ Propagaciones Radicales at 18th Street Arts Center’s Propeller Gallery, Airport Campus (3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA). This exhibition includes the work…

Pyrite Pirate Radio, Drum Kit (detail), 2020.

Pyrite Radio: Dispatch | Workshop

April 2, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Pyrite Radio: Dispatch | Workshop Saturday, April 2 | 11 am-12 pm Online: Zoom   Join Peter Simensky and his Pyrite Radio in an all-ages intergenerational audio gathering workshop and discover the hidden potential of Pyrite, also known as Fool’s Gold. In this workshop, you will learn how to record your own sounds and create new collections of your neighborhood. You can also bring recordings of sounds to contribute, which can be sourced from your favorite music, sounds, lectures, and…

Plant Propagation + Watering w/ artist Maru García

April 5, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until July 26, 2022

Plant Propagation + Watering w/ artist Maru García Tuesdays |  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Ongoing from March 22 to July 26, 2022 Part of Radical Propagations/ Propagaciones Radicales 18th Street Arts Center | Propeller Gallery 3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica Join artist Maru García every Tuesday at noon for conversation and maintenance of the exhibition Radical Propagations/ Propagaciones Radicales at 18th Street Arts Center’s Propeller Gallery, Airport Campus (3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA). This exhibition includes the work…

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