Public Policy Institute

Fall Arts and Cultural Affairs Forum


Changing the Way We See...

Film Festival – "Ethos Film Awards International Film Festival"

November 10, through November 13, 2022

The fourth edition of the popular international film festival will screen films and present awards online and at selected local venues with the aim to conceptualize a vision for a better future by highlighting a "purpose-driven" artistic approach to the impact and meaning of story. 

See for schedule, location, and ticket details. 

Panel Discussion – "Introducing Race Relay: Community Discussions on Race"

PPI will host a conversation about what Race Relay is and how students and community members can submit stories to be performed by actors during Race Relay events in late March 2023. Free, Stromberg Hall (HSS 165) on the main SMC campus (1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica).

Thursday | November 17 | 11:15 a.m. 

Art Exhibition – Matika Wilbur: "Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America"

A photography exhibition on display through May 15 in SMC's Pete and Susan Barrett Gallery showcases images of Native America by SMC artist-in-residence Matika Wilbur — the widely acclaimed photographer, writer, National Geographic Explorer, podcaster, and public speaker from the Tulalip and Swinomish Tribes. Free, Pete and Susan Barrett Gallery at the SMC Performing Arts Center (1310 11th Street, Santa Monica).

Friday | November 18 
Saturday | November 19
See for exhibition hours.

"All My Relations" Film Festival

The first-ever "All My Relations" Film Festival premiering at the new John Adams Middle School (JAMS) Performing Arts Center features works by some of the most exciting Native filmmakers of today and tomorrow (see for film titles and screening times). Free for SMC students with ID; $15 per day general admission, JAMS Performing Arts Center (2425 16th Street, Santa Monica).

Friday | November 18 | 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Saturday | November 19 | 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
See for ticket details.

Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” Ballet

The Westside School of Ballet, joined by the SMC Nutcracker Symphony and SMC dancers, presents the 49th annual holiday extravaganza as a live, in-theater performance — featuring Tchaikovsky’s majestic score, Balanchine’s exuberant choreography, falling snow, and a Christmas tree that grows — in partnership with the Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute’s Arts and Culture Initiative. At The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center (1310 11th Street, Santa Monica). Free onsite parking. 

Friday | November 25 | 7 p.m.
Saturday | November 26 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Sunday | November 27 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Friday | December 2 | 7 p.m.
Saturday | December 3 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Sunday | December 4 | 1 p.m. & 5 p.m.
See for ticket details.