Oct 10

Drive-In Film Screening: “Grace & Grit”

10 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Online
Drive-In Film Screening: “Grace & Grit”

Drive-In Film Screening: “Grace & Grit” – a film depicting the power of dance in difficult times.

For two nights only, the parking lot at the SMC Bundy Campus (3171 S. Bundy Drive, Los Angeles) will be transformed into a drive-in movie theater.

Each night will have two screenings of “Grace and Grit,” a 50-minute compilation of Santa Monica’s most celebrated dance companies, choreographers, and dancers, including SMC’s diverse Global Motion World Dance Company and Synapse Contemporary Dance Theater, preeminent contemporary dance company Barak Ballet, and distinguished alumni and current dancers from Santa Monica’s acclaimed Westside Ballet.

Introduction by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, LA Board of Supervisors.

Free sealed bags of popcorn courtesy of the SMC Associates (smc.edu/associates), a private organization that funds speakers and special programs on campus.


See westsideballet.com for ticket information and pandemic-related requirements.

*For tickets to the Drive-In movie, please reserve online. All proceeds benefit localnon-profit arts organizations.

  • SMC students are eligible for free tickets by contacting Danny Jimenez, SMC A.S. Director of Student Activities.
  • Tickets also available at the entrance to the SMC Bundy Campus parking lot on the evenings of the Drive-in.

About the 2020 Fall Arts and Cultural Affairs Forum

The Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute (PPI) and the SMC Associated Students will present the 2020 Virtual Fall Arts and Cultural Affairs Forum October 5-8. The theme for this year’s community forum is “2020’s Crisitunity” [crisis + opportunity]: The Arts Igniting Common Purpose and Pandemic Recovery,” with a keynote panel featuring California State Treasurer Fiona Ma and Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown.

The Fall Arts and Cultural Affairs Forum will present virtual talks and panel discussions highlighting the importance of performing and visual arts in — and to — society, ​especially one striving to recover from the many effects of COVID-19 and the moment of social and racial reckoning it is experiencing. Forum events will explore how expression through the arts can influence ideas and change perceptions, and how community advocacy can make change happen. The forum will also present a drive-in film screening featuring dance performances and free popcorn.

All forum events are open to the public, and most events are free. Talks and panel discussions will be held live online using the Zoom platform. A link to each online event is available in the listings on the SMC Events calendar at smc.edu/calendar.

“As the pandemic continues to impact our lives in ways none of us had imagined, it’s clearer and clearer to me that the arts and the people who make art need to be in close contact with those who are making public policy in these challenging times. This year’s annual PPI Arts Forum is designed to do just that,” said PPI co-director and SMC political science professor Dr. Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein.