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18th Street Art Center is an internationally respected, contemporary arts center with free public events, visual and performing arts, local and international artists-in- residence, and arts education. Our mission is to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art making. We see ourselves... [more]

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posted on 10.15.13





EL GIGANTE a documentary by Bruno Federico, Andrea Ciacci, Consuelo Navarro
Saturday, October 26 from 3 – 5pm // 18th Street Arts Center (Main Gallery)

To be followed by a Q&A with Carolina Caycedo, Atossa Soltani (Founder and Executive Director of Amazon Watch) and Paul Wertheimer (Crowd management expert and Founder of Crowd Management Strategies)

Please RSVP to this event, it's free:

What would you do if some day someone came to your home and told you it would be flooded?

The construction of a hydroelectric power plant threatens the valley of the Magdalena River, its flora, fauna, people and their way of living. A group of peasants and fishermen, who have grown up under the shadow of “El Gigante” (the giant), struggles against the multinational companies Enel, Endesa and Impregilo. These companies are constructing the power plant despite the voices of disagreement but with the blatant complicity of the State institutions and the protection of the Army. Through the voices of the protagonists and the actions undertaken to protest, the documentary shows a year of a struggle that has not yet finished.

The conflicts for territorial control spread throughout the world, and each time they become more violent, while they confront local communities with financial giants and transnational industries searching the planet for new sources of profit. “El Gigante” relates the clash between two opposed visions of life: one that pursues unlimited economic growth and uses human beings and nature for a system that has already entered crisis; and one that tries to make rational and balanced use of resources and to live in harmony with a given territory. The conflict of El Quimbo, however, is not only this; it is also a metaphor of the conflict that has been staining Colombia with blood for half a century: flexibility in favour of the powerful, inutility of legal and peaceful forms of opposition, a democracy deaf to the voices of its citizens, the necessity to protect one’s own life project. All this leads the victims of the hydroelectric project to actions of civil disobedience and resistance, which make the confrontation more serious and produce a violent reaction on part of the State. This situation generates a spiral of which nobody knows where it will end.

For this reason, we decided to participate one year in the life, the protests and the organizational process of the communities that are opposed to the hydroelectric project “El Quimbo”. Thus, the documentary is the result of the interaction between the makers and the people who struggle.

Colombia/Italy  2012  62 minutes


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Job Opportunity

18th Street Arts Center is seeking candidates for the new position of Outreach Director

Full-time, salaried, exempt, starting range $40,000 - $50,000 plus full Benefits

18th Street Arts Center’s mission is to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art-making. Since 1988 the Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has supported thousands of individual artists and is a community that values art-making as an essential component of a vibrant, just and healthy society. Primarily offering artist residencies for artists working in all disciplines from visual art media, to music and performance, 18th Street also hosts several signature events and multiple small public gatherings featuring the artists-in-residence. Artists are selected through partnerships locally, nationally and internationally including the Pacific Rim, Eastern and Western Europe, Africa and Latin America. 18th Street is committed to artists who are risk-takers and are innovatively engaging the public through their work. For the position of Outreach Director we are seeking a motivated individual who will –

§       Communicate 18th Street Art Center’s stories and promote its programs to a wide array of art lovers, patrons, artists and partners through our website, email, social media and print materials.

§       Produce on-site public events.

§       Promote brand awareness and serve to expand the reach of 18th Street Arts Center.

The Outreach Director has 3 major roles:

  1. Communicate strategically to our audience and the media to further 18th Street Art Center’s mission.

  2. Act as “editor-in-chief" for 18th Street’s communications platforms to ensure accuracy and impact.

  3. Produce 18th Street’s signature events to engage our audiences.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the development of communication strategies and day-to-day maintenance of virtual platforms, including our website, e-communications and social network sites.

  • Ensure that e-content is organized, written, and edited to make it meaningful to our audience.

  • Manage and administer 18th Street’s image archive, keeping both the digital and physical components up to date and available for funding proposals.

  • Write and disseminate 18th Street’s press releases.

  • Responsible for the preparation, performance and break-down of public events, including but not limited to staging sound and projection equipment, securing performers, food vendors, and photographic documentation.

  • Manage, hire and oversee interns, graphic designers, printers and event technicians as needed.

  • Responsible for the management of 18th Street’s audio and visual equipment.

  • Guide the production of one annual print catalog

  • Work closely with the Business Manager for the development of and adherence to budgets.

Qualification Requirements

  • Must demonstrate sound knowledge of the contemporary art field’s concepts and practices.

  • The incumbent must possess the ability to develop efficient and effective workflow processes that impact a number of other positions within the organization.

  • 3+ years of managing production schedules and budgets from concept to completion.

  • BA or BS, ideally with a concentration in communications, marketing, graphic design or related field.

  • Successful event production track record.

  • Minimum 3 years in management/leadership role working with designers, writers, contractors for web content as well as sound engineers and other technicians involved in event production.

  • Minimum 3 years experience in web and social media marketing (research, budgeting, editorial schedules).

  • Must display the ability to develop a rolling three-year general strategy and a rolling one-year specific strategy with associated implementation plans.

  • Strategic thinker with attention to details.

  • Excellent organizational skills.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Comfortable interfacing with a broad range of people.

  • Ability to think visually.

  • Demonstrated ability to deliver projects on time.

  • Proficient in all MS Office suite programs.

  • Must work well in individual and team environments.

To be seriously considered for this position please submit the following:

  • A thoughtfully written cover letter indicating why you are the right person for this opportunity

  • Your current resume

  • A list of websites you have developed or designed

  • 3 professional references

Please send your complete application via email to

18th Street Arts Center

Santa Monica, CA USA

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18th Street Arts Center is searching for a dynamic, experienced leader for the position of the Director of Residency Programs. The center’s mission is to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art-making. Since 1988, 18th Street Art Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has supported thousands of individual artists and is a community that values art-making as an essential component of a vibrant, just and healthy society. The residency programs support artists working in all disciplines from traditional visual art media, to music and performance by providing live/work space, exhibition opportunities and access to the local resources of Southern California. Artist Residents come from California and a national and international pool of applicants from the Pacific Rim, Eastern and Western Europe, Africa and Latin America. 18th Street is committed to artists who are risk-takers and are innovatively engaging the public through their work. We are seeking an inspired advocate of our mission to facilitate thoughtful and provocative cross-cultural exchanges with artists and our constituents.

Job Description

The Director of Residency Programs is a position reporting to the Executive Director. She/he is responsible for the overall creative and artistic direction and management of 18th Street’s Artist Residency Programs.  The programs entail booking 18+ residencies annually for contemporary artists from multiple countries 12 to 18 months in advance, working with regional curators abroad to identify artists for grant supported residencies, overseeing 1-2 calls for proposals annually for local residencies, overseeing 4 exhibition-based residencies, overseeing the publication of 1 year-end catalog, conducting ongoing program evaluations, and working with an advisory board shaping program policies. The individual is responsible for creating and managing overarching annual budgets and individual project budgets. He/she will be closely involved in the planning and implementation of fund development from grants and individual donors supporting the residencies, long range strategic planning and other duties as assigned.  She/he will supervise interns and volunteers. He/she will work as part of a team of six to produce an annual cohort of residencies and related public events. Other team members oversee marketing and outreach, the website, documentation, public event production, fund development and accounting.


Job Requirements:

  • Masters degree in a relevant arts field from an accredited university. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

  • A minimum five years of progressively responsible professional experience in the development of contemporary art programs such as artist residencies, museum/gallery/alternative space exhibitions, public art programs, or public practice programs

  • Excellent communication, writing and interpersonal skills

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Self-motivated and ability to work independently and within a team

  • Previous management level and supervisory experience

  • Experienced multi-program budget management

  • Successful grant writing experience

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Excel.


  • Individual donor fundraising experience

  • Some travel required

  • Available weekends and evenings


Full-time Exempt, Salary Range $50 - $60k with Full benefits


Deadline to apply: June 21, 2011


 Please submit the following:

  1. A cover letter highlighting 2 - 3 accomplishments relevant to the position

  2. A current resume with relevant work experience

  3. Three different arts-related writing samples in .PDF format (examples could be a published exhibition essay, an published opinion piece, an exhibition review, a successful grant application etc…)

  4. A list of three professional references


Applications should be sent via email to:



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Visual Arts
Installation Art




On Thursday, January 20, 7:30-9:30 pm, 18th Street Arts Center is proud to present four exhibitions highlighting their award-winning International Visiting Artist Program.

 In the 18th Street Gallery a provocative and groundbreaking exhibit, Postcards from Tehran, a collaboration with the Aaran Gallery of Tehran, Iran, curated by Nazilla Noebashari will be presented. Breaking down the barriers of political prejudice, the show will be the first Los Angeles exhibition of works by five Iranian artists in conjunction with works by two artists from California who migrated from Iran. The artists include Arash Fayez, Siamak Filizadeh, Hadi Nasiri,  Behrang Samadzadeghan, Behnam Kamrani, Barbad Golshiri and Jinoos Taghizadeh. They are joined in this collaboration by Iranian-American artists, Ala Ebtekar and Amitis Motevalli.

In our Pasillos Gallery we will feature the Los Angeles debut of Tibetan artists Tsering Nyandak and Norbu Tsering. American audiences will have the opportunity to experience the vibrant new representational narrative painting coming out of Tibet’s contemporary art community.

In the Project Room, South African performance artist MLu Zondi's provocative performance videos will be on display.

The final exhibition for our Jan 20th opening is the revealing of a dynamic mural entitled, "Open Water" created by Korean artist Han Sungpil and Los Angeles painter Yvette Gellis.

During the opening reception, there will also be a special preview of videographer Ben Caldwell's interactive video installation, which was commissioned as a public art piece at the new Santa Monica Place shopping center.


18th Street international exhibitions are funded in part by the Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation, the Africa Centre of Capetown, and the Asian Cultural Council.


For more information on this event visit


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