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Hello! My name is Paloma Nicholas, and I am the new Program Engagement Associate at 18th Street Arts Center. In my short time with 18th Street, I’ve been given the liberty to develop all kinds of public programs – from film screenings, to VIP parties, to yoga classes – that have helped me develop an even closer relationship to my hometown of Santa Monica.

As we step into the New Year, we are excited to announce a series of captivating events that celebrate art, culture, and the rich heritage of Santa Monica and the Los Angeles art scene. At the heart of our calendar are events that promise to intrigue, inspire, and captivate your senses.

Join us for a unique opportunity to witness creativity in motion during our artist-led Open Studios on the third Thursdays of January and March. Experience the magic of outdoor cinema as we continue our "Artful Watching," film series – a selection of screenings that delve into Santa Monica’s vibrant history. Our screening of "Breaking Through the Clouds," will delve into Santa Monica's deep aviation connections, exploring the inspiring journey of women pilots in a thrilling 1929 race from Santa Monica to Cleveland, Ohio. Finally, we are honored to present musician Devin Daniels, 2024 Herb Alpert Foundation Make Jazz Artist in Residence, at The World Stage in Leimert Park for a culminating performance that promises to enchant and inspire.

Warm regards,

Paloma Nicholas
Program Engagement Associate

Visiting Artists-in-Residence

Charles Rice Gonzalez & Nahshon Dion, TRANSBRATIONS, 2023. Zoom/YouTube. Photo
by & Courtesy of Nahshon Dion.

Nahshon Dion
December 2023 – February 2024

Nahshon Dion is a Bronx-based African American Louisiana Creole award-winning creative nonfiction writer, teaching artist, video editor, emerging documentary filmmaker, producer, grant writer, grants panelist, community organizer, fundraiser, disability advocate, and arts patron from Altadena, CA.

Devin Daniels

Devin Daniels
January – March 2024

African American Alto Saxophonist Devin Daniels has performed in many different configurations of bands in the jazz idiom since 2010. Hailing from Inglewood, California, Daniels started playing saxophone in the Just Lovin’ Music Studios program, led by pianist Michelle Love.

Mi'Jan Celie Tho-Biaz

Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz
December 2023 & January 2024

Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, Ed.D. is a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist who moves between realms of oral history, art, media & ritual to produce forward-facing cultural projects and Events.

Mie Olise Kjærgaard, Tennis Tribute to Rose, Kathy and Leonora, 2023. 220x195 cm or 77x87 inches. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Mie Olise Kjærgaard
December 2023

Mie Olise Kjærgaard works in painting, occasionally sculptural objects, and installation. Graduating an MFA from Central St. Martins in London in 2008, Kjærgaard is interested in society as a construction and the role of the Woman as a Construction.

Upcoming Public Programs

Programs for Artists-in-Residence and Borderless Citizens

18SAC regularly provides visiting and local artists-in-residence and Borderless Citizens exclusive professional development, networking and community-building opportunities to build skills and connections.

Not an AIR but want to participate? Join our membership program, Borderless! LEARN MORE >> 

18SAC Potluck at the Airport Campus. July 2019. Photo by Slyvana G.

Pallette Potluck: March Madness

March 7, 2024 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
1639 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404 United States

Artists-in-residence, Borderless citizens and the 18th Street Arts Center community are invited to join us for our monthly potluck! Bring a homemade or store-bought dish and get ready to connect with others in the community. Free to attend and no RSVP needed.

Artist-Led Events

With over 60 active local artists and organizations-in-residence, 18SAC artists are activating spaces in Los Angeles and beyond.

*This space is regularly updated as we receive information. Follow us on social media to stay up-to-date! 

California Creative Corps

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We are excited to announce that 18th Streets Arts Center’s California Creative Corps fellows are in the community and beginning their work!  These artists and culture bearers are collectively making significant contributions to their communities, showcasing the diversity and vibrancy of community engagement across California's counties–

Shinpei Takada in San Diego County is diligently searching for suitable locations for temporary public projects, while Michelle Glass in Kern County is collaborating with community partners and participants. Elizabeth Spavento, also in Kern County, is working closely with the community to host a temporary arts space within a swap meet. Jae Nyingv from Sacramento County is focused on community outreach and infrastructure expansion, whereas Mark Oliver in Siskiyou County is immersed in the challenges of casting and developing a period piece. Audrey Chan in Los Angeles County is in the final stages of outlining a comic book with community partners. Public Matters in Los Angeles County is delving into the issues affecting Vision City Terrace and their local community. Meanwhile, Xico Garza in Tulare County is tirelessly representing the Two Spirits Community across the state. Suchi Branfman in Riverside County is deepening her community connections and expanding her support network, and Miki'ala Catalfano in Shasta County is actively planning more community events and creating art alongside community members. 

QTViet cafe in Alameda County is actively programming intimate community gatherings and anticipating their 7-year anniversary. Alicia Rojas in Orange County is meeting with elders and collaborating with community partners to preserve oral histories. Carlo and Ethel Zafranco, also in Los Angeles County, are in discussions with community leaders and scouting locations for public art installations. Janine Mapurunga in Sacramento County is diligently documenting the community and enhancing their operational systems. Ann Kaneko in San Bernardino County has begun her work with community partners, and ASTU in Alameda County is in the process of scaling up and collaborating with performers. Cecilia Cassandra Peña-Govea, also in Alameda County, is confirming classroom partnerships and embarking on educational work. Finally, Catherine Herrera in San Mateo County is immersed in site research and the initial stages of filmmaking. 

Keep your eyes peeled in your community for projects with these incredible fellows.

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