Arts Briefs

About WeHo Arts and Culture

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The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division promotes the arts as the creative engine of the City through a diverse portfolio of art and cultural programs designed to engage and enrich the lives of residents and visitors.

On January 5, 1987, the City formed the Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission (originally called the Fine Arts Commission) to identify the arts needs of the community, analyze methods of fulfilling these needs, and promote activities to broaden the opportunities for citizen participation in the arts. The Commission is dedicated to providing accessible arts programs for residents and visitors to West Hollywood.

For the first 20 years, the Commission was staffed by various members of the Economic Development Division. In 2007, the City hired its first full time arts administrator. Over the ensuing 10 years the City added an arts coordinator, public art coordinator, grants coordinator and arts technician to its staff to support an expanding portfolio of arts programs including: a robust temporary art program; a permanent collection through its Urban Art (percent for art) program; free concerts and theatre programming; WeHo Reads, a literary program; and a grant program.

On July 1, 2016, the City formally established the expanding art team and its programming into its own Arts Division, WeHo Arts. In August 2017, after an 18-month community-based planning process, the City adopted WeHo Arts: The Plan, to guide the Division’s programming for the next five to ten years. The Plan’s goals are to: celebrate the City’s distinctive artistic and cultural identities, identify and commemorate West Hollywood’s support and advancement of the arts and to articulate a shared vision for the future including securing the position of arts and culture at the heart of the Creative City.

Arts Division Staff

Andrew Campbell, Arts Manager - acampbell@weho.org  

Prentis Bonds, Grants Coordinator - pbonds@weho.org

Mike Che, Arts Coordinator - mche@weho.org

Rebecca Ehemann, Public Art Coordinator - rehemann@weho.org

Joy Tribble, Arts Technician - jtribble@weho.org

What We Do:

Artist and Non-profit Arts Organization Grants 

Exhibitions at the West Hollywood Library

Free Music in the Parks (Summer and Winter Sounds)

Mural Program + WEHO Muralist Roster

One City One Pride Festival (40 days of LGBTQ Arts and Culture)

Permanent public art projects (Urban Art Program)

Temporary public art projects (Art on the Outside Program)

Archived Projects - (listed by year)

 

Resources:  

Connect with the Arts Division - Links to our social media pages.

Calendar of Events - a calendar of City-sponsored arts and cultural programming.

Organizations - a list of Arts and Culture organizations that the City regularly partners with.

Special Events - a list of major annual special events in the City

West Hollywood Travel and Tourism Board - calendar of events, concerts, and happy hours

 

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