Artist Laureate Program
Culver City Artist Laureate 2020-2021
“With this appointment, the City Council acknowledges the important role individual artists play in Culver City, advancing the city’s creative economy and positively impacting our quality of life, enriching our community with their exhibits, performances, presentations, and service.”
Cultural Affairs Commission Chair Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin
“We are proud to continue Culver City’s strong commitment to the arts by appointing Alexey Steele as our Artist Laureate. His strong vision and immense talent as a visual artist, along with his extensive community work, make him the ideal cultural ambassador for our city. We are confident his tenure will be both productive and inspiring!”
City Council Member Meghan Sahli-Wells
On January 13, 2020, the Culver City City Council voted to appoint Alexey Steele the City’s Artist Laureate for a two-year term January 2020 – December 2021.
Mr. Steele serves as the City’s cultural ambassador, raising awareness and appreciation for the arts in Culver City and the artists who live and work here. As Artist Laureate, Mr. Steele attends events, engages with the public directly, supports and collaborates with community artists, and partners with the school district and the City’s cultural organizations and businesses to develop new programming.
Visit the Artist Laureate Program - Artist Profile webpage to learn more about Alexey Steele, his artwork, and his activities in the community.
Visit the Artist Laureate Program - Past Artist Profiles webpage to learn about Dr. Janet Cameron Hoult, Culver City Honorary Poet Laureate 2015 - 2019.
Application and Selection Process
The Artist Laureate program application was launched in August 2019, open to candidates who had lived or worked in Culver City for a minimum of 5 years. Applications from artists in a variety of art disciplines (fine and visual arts, performing arts, and literary arts) were received by the mid-October deadline. An independent peer panel comprising distinguished professionals from across the art disciplines reviewed the applications for artistic quality, potential community impact, and professional development. The panel recommend visual artist Alexey Steele. At their December meeting, the Cultural Affairs Commission voted to recommend appointment of Mr. Steele, and the Culver City City Council voted to appoint Alexey Steele as Artist Laureate at their January 13, 2020 meeting.
The Artist Laureate Award includes a stipend of $8,000 in recognition of artistic excellence and to support the continuing development of the artist’s work.
The Culver City Artist Laureate award is made possible with a grant from the Culver City Arts Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and funding arts and cultural individuals, organizations and institutions in Culver City.
Visit the Culver City Arts Foundation website to learn more about what they do and how you can support arts in Culver City.
The City of Culver City is dedicated to achieving cultural equity through its programs. Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people—including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion—are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources.
Questions & Information
Visit the Artist Laureate Program Application webpage for information about applying to the program in 2021.
Contact Culver City’s Cultural Affairs Division with questions about the Artist Laureate Program or to reach out to Artist Laureate Alexey Steele.
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