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18is25 a weekend-long benefit this October 25 and 26!

18th Street Arts Center celebrates its rich legacy over past 25 years!


Held in the heart of sunny Santa Monica over two days, the festivities will bring together:

+ performance art

+ video art installations

+ benefit sale of art work by notable artists

+ gourmet food from local restaurants and food trucks

+ live music by local bands

+ artisanal wine, spirits, and 80 styles of craft beer

A celebration to remember!

To commemorate this milestone anniversary, Saturday’s October 25th chic benefit from6-10pm will include historic self-guided tours, unique performance art presentations byBarbara T. Smith, Dan Kwong, and Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, video art installations, and an art sale hosted in partnership with Saatchi Art including notable past and present 18th Street Arts Center artists. Guests will enjoy live music performed by local musicians Angel Luis Figueroa & Los Tres Caballeros and DJ sets by artist Ofunne Obiamiwe. Leading the evening’s festivities will be none other than visual artist and folk singer Phranc.

The historic self-guided tour accessible through attendees’ smart phone devices will include excerpts from oral histories collected from artists throughout the years; as guests explore the 18th Street campus, they will find new meaning in the phrase ‘if these walls could talk’. Sure be an unforgettable evening of art, conversation, and memories!

The following day, Sunday, October 26 from 1 – 5pm, 18th Street Arts Center will host the anniversary-edition of its signature fundraiser Beer Art & Music Festival (BAM). This lively afternoon festival will include tastings from over 40 specially selected craft breweries including well-known national breweries and local favorites like Smog City,Golden Road Brewery, the newly-opened Santa Monica City Brew Works, andThree Qeavers Brewing Co, art crash courses, a benefit art sale, live music, food trucks, and more.

The music lined up for BAM is just as diverse as the beer samples. From the Latin infused rhythmic sounds of KoTolàn whose songs, celebrating cultural diversity, are sung in Japanese, Spanish, and English to the dance-inducing soulful funk of Nick Shattuck, the featured music at 18th Street’s festival is sure to make attendees move.

BAM attendees will be able to do more than just see or purchase art; they will be able to interact with and visit the studios of 18th Street Arts Center’s artists-in-residence including local artists and arts organizations like Cheryl Walker and Michael W. Barnard, among others.

18is25 is 18th Street Arts Center’s only ticketed event and fundraiser this year. All proceeds will benefit the artist programs and community events of 18th Street Arts Center, a Santa Monica 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

‘A place like 18th Street exists for 25 years because thousands of individuals who believe in the power of art to change lives have been extremely generous with their time and resources. This celebration on the occasion of our 25th Anniversary is a way to acknowledge the community that makes 18th Street such a rich and wonderful place for artists to work and take new risks.’ – Jan Williamson, Executive Director since 1994.

Purchase tickets securely online at; Saturday VIP ticketsare $125/person, Sunday BAM tickets are $45/person (after October 4) and both events are offered at a discount through the Weekend Pass which is $150/person.

18th Street has teamed up with artisanal drink, food and cultural event planner, Nicole Gordillo Schimpf of Tap & Cheer Events to produce this multi-faceted event.

October 25, 6 – 10pm
Saturday: $125

October 26, 1-5pm
Sunday: pre-sale tickets: $40 before October 4; $45 before October 24; $50 at the door

Weekend pack: $150

Event produced by Nicole Gordillo Schimpf, Tap & Cheer Events

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