The Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division won a $75,000 Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, it was announced Wednesday.

The funds will support two artist residences and two sets of banner murals for the Bergamot Station Arts Center.

The Cultural Affairs Division is developing public art at the center for a two-year period during the construction of the Expo Light Rail station.

“Bergamot Arts Center is the hub of Santa Monica’s vibrant and successful mixed-use creative district,” said Cultural Affairs Manager Jessica Cusick in a press release. “We’re grateful to have NEA support for our effort to engage the talent and imagination of local artists and arts organizations in making Bergamot Arts Center a more vibrant destination than ever while the Expo line is under construction.”

Wayne Blank of Bergamot Station Ltd., the Bergamot Station galleries, the Santa Monica Museum of Art and the 18th Street Arts Center will partner with City Hall for the Our Town project which extends the civic engagement component of the Bergamot Area Plan, a major planning process for the district funded by a Housing and Urban Development Community Challenge grant.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for the Our Town grant, visit the NEA website at

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