SANTA MONICA—On Sunday, October 7, COAST, Santa Monica’s third annual open streets event, will be held by Metro.
Two miles of open streets will be empty to motorists and filled with pedestrians, bikers, live music, food, and free activities for all participants. For 2018, Santa Monica is celebrating their commitment to art, sustainability, and mobility. The event will be held between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Attendees can expect to find interactive performances, large-scale immersive art exhibits, dancers, and musicians. There will also be a stage set up on Ocean Avenue at Santa Monica Boulevard. The event will include musical stylings of Motown, R&B, soul and funk. Among the artists appearing will be the Blue Breeze Band, the Moonsville Collective, and the El Santo Golpe.
The Camera Obscura Art Lab will be present at the event and will host a variety of art experiences for attendees. Creatures on the Move by Molly Allis, a kinetic interactive installation plus hands-on workshop will be featured. Deborah McDonald, of Otis College Extension, will lead a plein air drawing session. The current artist in resident of the Camera Obscura Art Lab, Lisa Diane Wedgeworth, will lead Music to Draw To, an interactive experience where visitors can create drawings while listening to the band Desert Magic, a celestially-inspired band.
As well as the interactive two miles of open streets, Santa Monica City Hall’s front yard will host a space for participants to listen to a variety of dance music and enjoy the company of the community.