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Calling out green artists in Santa Monica

Not green as in new, green as in sustainable.

 (For some reason I can’t get their cool poster to show up in this post, so I’ll just put the boring and not very explanatory press release. Take that sunny Santa Monica!).

The City of Santa Monica’s Cultural Affairs Division and Office of Sustainability and the Environment’s have created a unique partnership with Arts:Earth Partnership (AEP), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the cultural and creative sector become sustainable. AEP is a voluntary coalition of cultural facilities, theaters, museums, dance studios, art galleries, performing arts companies and individual artists collectively committed to achieving environmental sustainability.

On Friday, June 26th from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., artists of any discipline and Santa Monica arts organizations of every type are invited to attend this launch event in order to learn more about AEP at a free event hosted at the Santa Monica Museum of Art at Bergamot Station (2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, 90404).

Information will be available for both individual artists and arts organizations to sign up and join the partnership. In addition, initiative sponsors City of Santa Monica Sustainable Works, LADWP and other partners will have information on sustainable practices for attendees. There will be wine and mingling before a brief presentation of the program and a Q & A session by the founders.

Membership in AEP is open to any artist or arts agency who wish to engage in sustainable practices. Members will be recognized as being “green” and be eligible for a free materials exchange program, energy audits, creative convergences, exclusive vendor deals and vetted resources.  Organizers hope that arts agencies will play a leading role in the greening of America, inspiring audience members and supporters to follow suit.

Arts:Earth Partnership founding partners include Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Santa Monica Sustainable Works and the LA Stage Alliance.  The Partnership is endorsed by the City of Los Angeles, City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica OSE, Arts for LA, Los Angeles Arts Commission, Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, Green LA, Green Theater Initiative and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.  This is the first launch party for this National Program. There are 8 regional open houses planned this summer all across Los Angeles at City of Los Angeles owned Cultural Facilities.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.