Residency Program Overview
18th Street Arts Center values art making as an essential component of a vibrant, just, and healthy society. Its mission is “to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art making.” Founded in 1988, 18th Street Arts Center has fostered and supported the work of many of Los Angeles’ most engaging artists, and has built bridges to artist communities around the globe.
18th Street Arts Center’s residency program helps to build and to strengthen the creative community by working with local, national and international artists and curators. There are three types of residencies, including long-term “anchor tenants,” who have helped to define the character and scope of the organization; mid-term residencies open to local artists that occupy either live/work or work studios for 1 year or more; and a visiting artist program that hosts international and national artists and curators from between 1 to 3 months.
18th Street Arts Center’s visiting artist residency program has hosted more than 300 artists from dozens of countries around the world since it first began in 1992. Their presence at the center has enlivened the multicultural dialogue of Los Angeles. Over the past seventeen years, more than 700 diverse visual and performing artists have participated in programs at 18th Street Arts Center ranging from group and individual exhibitions, to special events and presentations at the center’s popular Art Nights.
18th Street Arts Center’s Visiting Artist Residency Program hosts artists from across the United States and from around the world. There are three, rotating, live/work artist studios at the center where artists are in residence from 1 to 3 months. This program hosts artists of all disciplines and occasionally invites art curators, writers and musicians.
18th Street Arts Center has a vibrant, critical gallery program and offers diverse public events including artist talks, presentations, concerts and an annual fall festival.