Celebrate Summer with the Conservancy

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The following newsletter from the Santa Monica Conservancy contains a list of events throughout the summer.

Our House is Your House

Located three blocks from the beach in Ocean Park, the little Shotgun house is the perfect place to visit on a summer day. In addition to our well-loved signature tours, we are developing a slate of new programming (including a Summer Garden Tour on June 23 and monthly Main Street Walks) to activate the Shotgun House as a Cultural Commons for history, culture and heritage conservation! 

Main Street Walk Soft Launch!

June 15 from 10:30-12 p.m. / Starts and ends at the Shotgun House.

Main Street was made to be walked. Your guide, award-winning street historian Mark Gorman, gives the street a voice through stories and the language of architecture. Click HERE to register.

Sasha Renee Photography

Visit the Shotgun House / Free walk-in tours this Saturday June 15 and Sunday June 16.

Visit the Shotgun House in Ocean Park to learn about Santa Monica History, adaptive reuse and heritage conservation in the city from one of our volunteer storytellers. Click HERE for more information.

On Sunday, June 23 from 2 to 3:30 pm, poet and gardener, Hilda Weiss will lead an intimate tours corresponding with the garden’s summer life cycle. These collective explorations spotlight the benefits of our native plants, the garden’s connection to the Shotgun House and the use of poetry to explore our own connection to place.

During the first half of the event, Hilda will take visitors on a tour of the garden focusing on the selection and care of native plants and how they contribute to the beauty and health of our neighborhoods. After a break for tea and light refreshments, visitors will reconvene inside the Shotgun House for a group reflection on land, poetry, and an exploration our own use of language to connect to place.

Space is limited so register now before the event sells out! Admission is $10 for members and $20 for the general public. Click HERE to become a member, or HERE to register for the tour.

Hilda Weiss is a fourth generation Californian who lives in Santa Monica where she grows her own vegetables in a garden full of native California plants. She is a poet and the co-founder and curator for www.Poetry.LA, a website that features videos of poets in Southern California. She has a poetry chapbook, Optimism About Trees, and has been published in anthologies such as Wide Awake, Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, as well as in many journals such as Rattle, Cultural Daily, The Comstock Review, and Salamander.

In the second episode of a season dedicated to Santa Monica’s diverse creative communities, Mosaic: Groundbreakers looks at the work of Vernon Brunson, James Garrott, Norma Sklarek, and Paul Williams. These four visionary architects created functional and beautiful environments for people to live, work and play during the mid-century era and beyond. 

Mosaic viewers will learn how and where each architect left their creative mark on the city, and how they worked with clients from Black communities and developed architecture to meet their needs. The program will also explore the group’s collective legacy, which has helped generations of aspiring Black designers gain access to the field. Accompanied by an array of archival imagery, four speakers representing a variety of perspectives will introduce us to the work of these pioneering professionals.

Register HERE.

Mosaic: Groundbreakers is a joint presentation of the Santa Monica Conservancy, the Santa Monica History Museum, and the Quinn Research Center. The program is free for Museum and Conservancy members, teachers, and students. General registration is $10. This is a virtual program.

We thank our 2024 Mosaic sponsor, BXP for their support! 

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