Oct 4, 2011

Call for Writers

Artist Residency at the Annenberg Community Beach House

The City of Santa Monica, Cultural Affairs Division, seeks applications from writers living in Los Angeles County for a residency at the Annenberg Community Beach House. The Artist Residency offers a large private office in the historic Marion Davies Guest House for ten weeks to complete a work in progress.

Residency Description
In celebration of Marion Davies’ support of artists and to further the work of artists in all disciplines, the Division has established an Artist Residency program at the Beach House. The Residency begins Monday, January 16, 2012 and concludes Monday, March 26, 2012 for a total of ten weeks. The Residency offers an ocean front place to work – an upper floor office in the restored Guest House of the former Marion Davies estate.

The City seeks to provide an opportunity to writers who both need a place to write and are interested in sharing aspects of their work for the public’s benefit. This program is best for writers who will be able to use the residency period to finish or make significant progress in their work, and are able to hold weekly office hours and monthly critiques, readings, workshops or conversations with the public. If the applicant wishes to suggest other public activities in lieu of these, proposals are welcome. The City may also require the Resident to represent the Residency to the press.

As an acknowledgment of the public benefit of the Resident to the community, an honorarium of $1500 is offered.

The Residency is non-residential; no room/board is offered. The City will provide a lockable office with desk and chair, wireless internet access, refrigerator/microwave access, and a parking pass for the duration of the residency. No other resources, including computer, printer, phone, or other equipment will be provided.

Annenberg Community Beach House
The Southern California beach occupies a unique place within the physical and cultural landscape of America, and the Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach has quickly become a popular destination for those seeking a quintessential “day at the beach.” Consisting of several structures at the historic site of the Marion Davies estate, the Beach House includes the historic Guest House and Pool, and the new Event House, Pool facility, and outdoor areas.

A public place henceforth, the site at 415 Pacific Coast Highway has seen an evolution from private ownership to public management. Interpretive and cultural projects at the Beach House offer a continuum connecting the past, present and future. For information and images of the site, please visit http://annenbergbeachhouse.com.

The Annenberg Community Beach House is made possible through a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation at the recommendation of collector and philanthropist Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with California State Parks and the City of Santa Monica.