Fall Arts and Cultural Affairs Forum


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“…And for the support of this Declaration…we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

Dramatic Readings of the Declaration of Independence by SMC Theatre Arts students – in traditional and contemporary styles.
Tuesday, November 19 | 11:15 a.m.
SMC Main Campus Quad

Pop-Up Art on the Quad

Express yourself through art. Special interactive installations reflecting traditions of street art to be displayed and created.
Sponsored by SMC Art Club & SMC Art Department
Tuesday, November 19 | 11:15 a.m.
Various locations around SMC’s Main Campus Quad

Master Dance Class with Robbie Fairchild

SMC dance students may participate in this extraordinary opportunity to learn from one of the all-time great dancers, a former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, and currently featured in the film version of “Cats.”
Wednesday, November 20 | 10:15 a.m.
CPC 304 & 308

“In This Life”

Film Screening and accompanying discussion and Q&A with renowned Dancer Robbie Fairchild and Director Bat-Sheva Guez, whose award-winning short film depicts the five stages of grief through the artistic medium of dance.
Wednesday, November 20 | 7:30 p.m.
The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica.
Free onsite parking

Ballet to Hip-Hop; Folk to Rap; Watercolor to Graffiti – the Arts as “democratic” Expression

An interactive panel discussion exploring why arts matter to public policy and vice versa. Panelists: Lizy Dastin, SMC Art Faculty; Shannon Daut, Manager of Cultural Affairs for the City of Santa Monica; Marissa Moreno, SMC Dance Faculty Hip-Hop Dance Instructor; Ronnie Wrest, Art Historian and Graffiti Scholar, Bakersfield College.
Thursday, November 21 | 11:15 a.m.
Orientation Hall (SSC 183), SMC Main Campus

Special Lecture by Art Historian & Graffiti Scholar Ronnie Wrest

With expertise in street art, its origins, cultural context, and societal impact, Professor Wrest will share his insights and provide an opportunity for interactive dialogue.
Thursday, November 21 | 2:15 p.m.
HSS 105

Keep It 100: Air Your Grievances

Open Mic Night – Students and community members are invited to air grievances in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence. Special guest speaker — Jose Bello, a Bakersfield College student who was targeted by ICE and held in custody in retaliation for reciting his original poem, “Dear America” critiquing the inhumane treatment of and discrimination against undocumented people at a Kern County Board of Supervisors’ open meeting.
Thursday, November 21 | 6:15 p.m.
Orientation Hall (SSC 183), SMC Main Campus

“Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop”

Screening of “Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop”, a 20-minute documentary created for the Annenberg Space for Photography, with accompanying discussion regarding the role of hip-hop music and culture in providing social-political commentary and inspiring societal change.
Tuesday, November 26 | 11:15 a.m.
Orientation Hall (SSC 183), SMC Main Campus

Wellbeing Summit 2019 – City of Santa Monica

Santa Monica is part of a global movement to focus on defining, measuring, and actively improving community wellbeing. The first-ever Wellbeing Summit will leave you inspired, more connected and motivated to act. Free with registration required.
Saturday, November 16 | 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
SMC Center for Media and Design, 1660 Stewart Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

The Nutcracker

Westside Ballet of Santa Monica, joined by the SMC Nutcracker Symphony and SMC dancers, presents the annual holiday extravaganza featuring Tchaikovsky’s majestic score and Balanchine’s exuberant choreography. Get tickets to The Nutcracker.

Exclusive SMC Preview: Friday, November 29 | 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 30 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 1 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Friday, December 2 | 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 7 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 8 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
The Broad Stage at SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica.
Free onsite parking