What is Culture Mapping 90404?


Facilitated by 18th Street Arts Center, Culture Mapping 90404 is a community produced map highlighting the history and cultural assets of the Pico neighborhood. Cultural assets are people, places, events and organizations, both past and present, that serve as cultural anchors within this community. In collaboration with the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, we have trained community volunteers to document cultural resources, memories, and histories in the Pico neighborhood of Santa Monica. ACTA has a successful record of creating culturally sensitive and meaningful cultural asset maps with diverse communities across Southern California.

Download our Map User Guide here.

Based in the Pico Neighborhood for nearly 30 years, 18th Street Arts Center is invested in our neighborhood, and seeks to represent its cultural vibrancy, both past and present, as well as to engage its diverse communities in art-making and public dialogue. Our goal is to collect 100 resources, (people, places, events, groups, and memories) that paint a collective portrait of the Pico neighborhood to the broader Santa Monica community, region, country and world.


Map content collected through this community project will also be shared with local and national contemporary artists, working with 18th Street Arts Center, as inspiration for new and inventive art making initiatives involving Pico residents, Santa Monicans, and metro commuters.


This map is meant to be a dynamic, living collection of cultural resources that is added to over time. If you see a resource that is missing, you can submit a resource here. If you would like to get involved in collecting and documenting new resources for the map, you can contact us here.



Licensing and Copyright


For our Culture Mapping 90404 map, both the interviewees and interviewers retain the right to their intellectual property, particularly their artwork and creative productions. As an organization, 18th Street Arts Center holds the copyright to the edited video added to this interactive website. All parties involved have agreed to make this material freely available to the public, and grant users a Creative Commons license with attribution and for non-commercial purposes. This is so that this material can be used in educational settings throughout our neighborhood and beyond, and be added to existing cultural data sets. For questions on copyright and licensing, please contact us here.




We have so many people to thank for their participation in Culture Mapping 90404. The people, events, organizations and places represented on the map at culturemapping90404.org deserve great recognition, and we truly respect and appreciate them taking the time to tell their stories. But our unsung heroes are our community volunteers, and the many people along the way who went above and beyond to support this project. Many thanks to:


Johanna Brown, Andrea Urmanita, Carla Fantozzi, Robbie Jones, Jaime Cruz, Angelica Martinez, Sofia Ramirez, Amy Bishop Dunbar, Autumn Flynn, Eric O. Contreras, Ines Garcia, Laura Hernandez
Amalia Montes, Lily Palma, Amanda Negi, Maria Francesca Piazzoni, Annette Kim, Xiangyu Li, Nikki Polizotto, Mara Cabrera, Anne Seidman, Naomi Urabe, Ted Bardacke, Ry Bardacke, Niko Bardacke, Michael Manalo, Otis College of Art and Design Public Practice MFA, City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Well-Being Project, and the team at the Alliance for California Traditional Artists (ACTA), including Quetzal Flores, Beto González, and Amy Kitchener.




This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Culture Mapping 90404 is presented as part of 18th Street Arts Center’s Residents and Riders Program, generously supported by the James Irvine Foundation’s Exploring Engagement Initiative.


Generous support also comes from the California Arts Council, Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division, Los Angeles County Commission, and RSF Social Finance.


18th Street Arts Center’s mission is to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art making. We value art as an essential component of a healthy and just society. 18th Street strives to be a safe haven for creative exploration and expression. Our public programs are funded by individuals like you, and by grants from foundations and local cultural agencies. Visit us at 18thstreet.org

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