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Outdoor Screening of “We Were All Here”

November 13, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Dan Kwong & Paulina Sahagun, We Were All Here, 2021. HD video. 64 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.
“We Were All Here” focuses on the 100-year multicultural history of my Santa Monica neighborhood, once known as “La Veinte” (centered around 20th Street & Olympic). It’s a story of family and neighbors; of solidarity and compassion between cultures; of the creation & destruction of community, and the importance of remembering.
It’s a poignant and pointed tale – sprinkled with humor… And to keep your tummies warm, we’ll also be serving champurrado – Mexican-style hot chocolate! All here in the parking lot of 18th Street Arts Center. Seating is limited, register in advance.
Here’s the Eventbrite link for reserving tickets. SEATING IS LIMITED.

Saturday November 13 – 6:00PM
1629 18th Street
Santa Monica  90404
(running time 68 mins)
We’ll have outdoor heaters again, but you should dress warmly – maybe even bring a blanket if you really want to be cozy!

18th Street Arts Center is pleased to present a new commission from artists Dan Kwong and Paulina Sahagun, a collaborative video project that delves into the local history of the Pico Neighborhood of Santa Monica. After over a year of in-depth oral history collection and delving into personal archives, the artists will premiered their film on this page on June 24, 2021. You can learn more here:

Due to historical discriminatory housing policies combined with economic forces, the Pico Neighborhood —  bounded by Pico on the south, Colorado on the north, Stewart St. on the east and 14th St. on the west — was the primary home base for Latino/a, Black, and Asian families in Santa Monica for many decades. Several factors, including the completion of the Santa Monica Freeway in 1966 that would displace 3,000 families and split the neighborhood in half, would change the area forever.

Beginning in 1918, the extended Casillas family that settled around Olympic and 20th Street (”La Veinte”) would be the largest family ever to emigrate to Santa Monica from Mexico. Their story reflects the 20th century immigrant experience, the evolution of the City of Santa Monica, and the making of citizenry.

Using 18th Street Arts Center’s local oral history project Culture Mapping 90404 ( as a jumping off point, the artists spent over a year researching these histories. Through storytelling, oral histories, archival image collection, and a poetic interweaving of individual and collective experiences, Kwong and Sahagun create a tapestry of imagery and memory that evokes the history of this iconic Southern Californian neighborhood and its founding families with roots across the Americas.


November 13, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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