18th Street Arts Center

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18th Street Arts Center’s visiting artist residency program has hosted more than 500 artists from dozens of countries around the world since it first began in 1992. There are dedicated four live/work artist studios at the center where artists are in residence from 1 to 3 months at a time (sometimes longer). This program hosts artists of all disciplines as well as art curators, writers, and musicians. It includes invited artists as well as artists selected through an open application process. The program is open to artists of all generations, nationalities, and disciplines.

Funding for each residency is on a case-by-case basis. Many international artists have access to funding through their cultural ministries or other programs, and we work with artists to secure funding or encourage them to apply to cover the costs of the residency through various funding programs. In some cases, we have agreements with cultural ministries and other funders to underwrite artist residencies. Artists may also choose to cover the basic costs of the residency themselves. Although we primarily support visual artists, 18th Street Arts Center does consider applications from performing artists, writers, and filmmakers as well.

Residency Programme since: 1988
Description of Organisation:

Founded in 1988, 18th Street Arts Center is one of the top 20 artist residency programs in the US. 18th Street encourages contemporary artists from around the globe to create new work within a supportive environment. We provide artists the space and time to take risks in ways that further the development of their practice. Our mission is to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art-making.

18th Street Arts Center values art making as an essential component of a vibrant, just, and healthy society, and we believe that the creative process is just as important as the outcome. Through our artist residencies we are a contemporary art hub that fosters inter-cultural collaboration and dialogue. 18th Street’s residencies, exhibitions, public events, talks, and publications encourage, showcase and support the creation of cutting-edge contemporary art, and foster collaboration and interaction between artists locally, nationally, and internationally.

We host over 30 visiting artists at 18th Street annually, and have supported the work of over 6,000 artists since our founding. Our campus of five buildings in Santa Monica, on the west side of Los Angeles, is home to a diverse community of artists including established mentor artists and emerging voices.

Our Visiting Artist in Residence Program functions within a larger arts center that includes our formal gallery, other nonprofit arts organizations who offer their own programs (theater/dance/music), and  long-term artist studios for local LA-based artists.

Organisation founded in: 1988
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 4
Number of artists in residence at one time: 4
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Private Apartment
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private accommodation
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Space for partners, families, pets
  • Internet
  • Bicycle
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Application process: Digital application
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): Depends on the Funder source, see program description
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): Yes
    If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): Depends on the Funder source, see program description
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    • Open Studios
    • Other
    Selection process: By curator
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: LAX
    Nearest Train Station: 17th/SMC Station on the Metro Expo Line
    How to reach by plane: LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal is close to our west side location. Resident artists will be met at the airport by an 18th Street staff member or volunteer.
    How to reach by train: Expo Line Metro to 17th/SMC station.
    How to reach by car: 10 freeway to Cloverfield Blvd. Head north on Cloverfield. Turn left onto Olympic Blvd then turn right onto 18th Street.
    How to reach by boat: Put your boat on a trailer, get a truck to haul it – follow driving instructions (-;
    Street & Number: 1639 18th Street
    Postal Code: 90404
    City: Santa Monica
    Country long: United-States
    1639 18th Street
    Santa Monica 90404 USA
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