18th Street Arts Center

General information

Brief 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 bring over 30 visiting artists to 18th Street annually, and have supported the work of over 6,000 artists in our nearly 30 year history. 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.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

There are four types of residencies, including:

1) Local Organizations in Residence, where arts organizations have their offices and activities on our campus;
2) Local Artists in Residence, where LA-based artists occupy either live/work or day work studios for 1 year or more;
3) Visiting Artist Residencies, hosting international and national artists and curators in live-work studios for periods of 1 to 3 months;
4) Lab Residencies, residency-based commissions, exhibitions and public artworks (by invitation only).

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • New Media
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Sculpture
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Literature
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
  • Other

Non-profit organization

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • between 1 and 3 months
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
Grants available

Applications will be evaluated against institutional fundraising relationships and priorities to identify possible avenues for grant-based funding. Applicants are encouraged to apply 18-24 months in advance of their proposed arrival in order to be considered for these opportunities.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Other

Self-funded artists are invited to present their work at monthly community potluck lunches and bi-annual open studio events.

Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Curator

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Sound Recording Studio
  • Office
  • Kitchen
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Live-work space

  • Private Apartment
  • Private Cabin/House

Wheelchair accessible studios and accomodation.

Working language(s)
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibitions

How to reach

By train

Expo Line Metro to 17th/SMC station.

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.

By car

10 freeway to Cloverfield Blvd. Head north on Cloverfield. Turn left onto Olympic Blvd then turn right onto 18th Street.

Nearest airport


Contact information

18th Street Arts Center
1639 18th Street
90404 Santa Monica
United States of America


Phone: +1-310-453 3711
Fax: +1-310-453-4347

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