Artist Laureate Program

Fine and Visual Arts Performing Arts Literary Arts

Calling All Artists Who Live or Work in Culver City! 

Culver City continues to expand its recognition of the importance of the arts and the many creative artists who are committed to developing their art forms, enriching our community with their exhibits, performances, presentations, and service. The program is a collaboration between the City of Culver City -- the City Council and Cultural Affairs Commission -- and Culver City Arts Foundation. Funding is made possible by the City’s percent for art program and a grant from the Culver City Arts Foundation, dedicated to supporting the arts in Culver City.  

The City will appoint for a two-year term an individual artist from one of three arts discipline categories—fine and visual arts, performing arts, and literary arts—to serve as cultural ambassador and advocate for the arts within Culver City.

The Artist Laureate Award will provide access, recognition, and a stipend of $20,000 in support of the artist. An additional $10,000 is available for supplies and related costs. The award will recognize artistic excellence, support the continuing development of the artist’s work, and spotlight the important role individual artists play in contributing to a vibrant, equitable and healthy community, enriching the city’s creative economy, and positively impacting the quality of life for people of all ages. 

Expectations of the Artist Laureate

  • Advocate for the arts across disciplines within the community, including artistic equity, cultural diversity and access 
  • Create original artwork, exhibit/perform/engage with the public 
  • Foster opportunities for arts learning 
  • Develop a workplan that addresses the goals of the program and make presentations 
  • Plan events/programs, engage in activities that promote the arts in Culver City, and attend community events 
  • Liaise and partner with City staff, Cultural Affairs Commission, Culver City Arts Foundation, Culver City Unified School District, community groups, non-profit organizations, and the

Visit the Application Page for eligibility, review criteria, and important dates

Culver City Artist Laureate 2020-2022 - Alexey Steele

Self portrait of Alexey Steele, oil on canvas, 2014, used with permission of artist

Alexey Steele, Self-Portrait, 2014

Alexey Steele was appointed Artist Laureate by the Culver City City Council for a two-year term January 2020 – December 2021 and extended through 2022.

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.


“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 Member 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!” 

Former City Council Member Meghan Sahli-Wells

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.