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Tour da Arts, vol. 6

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014

Registration: Free

Tour da Arts, vol. 6 is the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s sixth annual cultural bike tour. Enjoy the creative side of bicycle culture on this casual, nine-mile ride filled with art, music, and theater. 

Experience Santa Monica as a car-free community and learn about the City’s bike lanes and other bike-friendly infrastructure from Tour da Arts’ ride leaders. Participation is free and open to all ages. Tour da Arts, vol. 6 runs from noon to 5 pm, with stops at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in the Bergamot Station Arts Center, the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, and John Adams Middle School.  Riders will be dazzled by unique sights and sounds at each stop: 

Tour da Arts vol. 6 Schedule

Noon – 2:00 pm: Check-in at the Santa Monica Museum of Art

  • SMMoA Exhibition Tours: Robert Swain: The Form of Color and Nonfictions: Jeremiah Day/Simone Forti/Fred Dewey.
  • Bicycle Advocacy: Learn fun and safe biking tips from C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange, the Tour da Arts, vol. 6 ride leaders), Santa Monica SPOKE/Los Angeles County Bicycle CoalitionLA Metro, and City of Santa Monica Transportation. Get a complimentary tune-up from Bikerowave, a volunteer-run, community-operated bike repair shop.
  • Wiki-Theater: Bike Odyssey LA’s Brian Sonia-Wallace presents a crash course on Homer’s Odyssey, in the form of a live action Wikipedia page.
  • Food and Drink: Enjoy delicious options from Clif Bar, Whole Foods Market Venice, and Peddler’s Creamery.

2:00 pm: Tour da Arts, vol. 6 leaves the Santa Monica Museum of Art

2:30 – 3:00 pm: Second Stop: Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club

  • Anna Oxygen Concert: Artist-composer Anna Oxygen’s electronic music performance engages the Tour da Arts audience in an interactive dance-along. Refreshments and snacks provided by Whole Foods Market Venice and Clif Bar.

3:30 – 4:00 pm: Third Stop: Barnum Hall at Santa Monica High School

  • Myth and Infrastructure: Myth and Infrastructure is an innovative artwork that combines animated film with live, shadow-play performance. It features original music, natural and urban landscapes, fantastic dreamscapes, and artist Miwa Matreyek’s own shadow as its main character. 

4:30 – 5:00 pm: Final Stop: Return to SMMoA at the Bergamot Station Arts Center

  • Bike Odyssey LA: Enjoy an iconic scene from Homer’s Odyssey adapted for contemporary Los Angeles and for two wheels, produced by Brian Sonia-Wallace.
  • Tour da Arts Raffle: Win gifts from Bike AttackLinus Bikes, Lucy Sportswear, and more!

Complimentary bike rentals are available from Perry’s Café and Rentals, and can be reserved during registration (while supplies last). 

SMMoA kicked off Tour da Arts, vol. 6 in June with a Bike Critter Art Contest. Artists of all ages and levels were invited to draw and submit an imaginative, cycling creature for use as the vol. 6 logo. Garrett Belmont’s “Rabbit on a Bicycle” was chosen by SMMoA’s curatorial staff as the winning drawing. 

Participation in Tour da Arts, vol. 6 is FREE thanks to our generous sponsors: the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission, the Barnwood Foundation, the Eileen Harris Norton Foundation, and the Santa Monica Bike Center. To keep Tour da Arts and SMMoA’s other exhibitions and programs free, please visit

Special thanks to our event partners: Aika TradingBergamot Station Arts Center, LLC., Bike AttackBikerowave, C.I.C.L.E., City of Santa Monica Water Treatment Program, Cynergy Cycles, Helen’s Cycles, John Adams Middle School, LA Metro, the Levi’s® Commuter Workspace, Linus Bikes, Lucy Sportswear, Peddler’s CreameryPerry’s Café and Rentals, Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, Santa Monica SPOKE/LACBC, Yelp

Special thanks also to our in-kind sponsors: Whole Foods Market Venice and Clif Bar and Company

Exhibition Related
Sunday Sessions: River Conversation at The Frog Spot

Sunday, Sep 7, 2014
The Frog Spot*

General Admission: Free

As part of Citizen Culture: Artists and Architects Shape Policy, the Santa Monica Museum of Art presents this important conversation with Ala Plástica (Silvina Babich and Alejandro Meitín), Lewis MacAdams, and Laurie Peake about their work with rivers, conservation, and the ways in which these artist-activists navigate bureaucratic and artistic channels to raise consciousness and affect social and political change.

Ala Plástica (Silvina Babich and Alejandro Meitín) is an art and environmental collective based in Río de la Plata, Argentina that works on the rhizomatic linking of ecological, social, and artistic methodologies. As part of Citizen Culture, they have taken up residence at SMMoA for one month.

Lewis MacAdams, a poet, journalist, and filmmaker, is the Co-Founder and President of Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR), a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and restore the natural and historic heritage of the River through inclusive planning, education, and wise stewardship.

Laurie Peake currently works with Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio on land and water use investigations in Los Angeles and the Intermountain West. Current projects include Bending the River Back into the City—a metabolic sculpture in three parts consisting of an inflatable dam in the LA River; La Noria—a waterwheel to move water from the river basin into the city; and the Delta of Mount Whitney water redistribution network. 

Citizen Culture: Artists and Architects Shape Policy, organized by independent curator Lucía Sanromán, is on view at the Santa Monica Museum of Art from September 13 through December 13, 2014.

*The Frog Spot is FoLAR’s new pop-up gateway to the L.A. River, located along the breathtaking Elysian Valley bike path. The Frog Spot serves as both a community gathering space and as a launching pad for excursions into the river, whether by kayak, bike, or on foot.

Opening Reception: Citizen Culture

Friday, Sep 12, 2014

Join us for the Opening Reception of 

Citizen Culture: Artists and Architects Shape Policy 
Citizen Culture explores the intersection of art and politics and doubles as a platform for open dialogue and engagement. 

Draw the Line: Make a Picket Sign

Saturday, Oct 25, 2014

General Admission: Free

Stand up and speak out! Learn to make a picket sign using hand-drawn graphics, a clear and clever message, and the transformative power of art. Admission is free, the workshop is open to all ages, and supplies are provided.

Draw the Line: Make a Picket Sign is presented by the Santa Monica Museum of Art and the Big Draw LA. The Big Draw is an annual celebration of the act of drawing, which creates participatory opportunities for people of all ages to discover that drawing can help us look more closely, think more creatively, and have fun in the process. Ryman Arts launched the inaugural Big Draw LA in October 2010. By 2011, the events more than doubled with over 10,000 Angelenos drawing during the month-long initiative.