Application Opens: December 20, 2018Deadline: January 25, 2019*February: Interviews with finalists
*The application will remain open after January 25, 2019. However, in order to be considered in the first round of application review, you must submit by that date. Future reviews of applications will occur as vacancies arise.
ABOUT THE CURRENT VACANCIESThere are three upcoming vacancies, with a range of square footage available:
Two tiers of rental rates will apply: Nonprofits will receive lowest rate, while Gallery and Cultural (for-profit arts) will receive the next lowest rate.
The current vacancies are open to any entity representing a gallery, arts nonprofit or cultural use (see definitions below). Artists and arts collectives are also eligible to apply if they meet the cultural use definition.
Gallery, Nonprofit or Cultural (GNC) entities are defined as:
Gallery: Presenter and vendor of original artNonprofit: Arts or heritage-related 501c3 organizationCultural: For-profit entity that provides artistic or cultural programming to the public; artists or arts collective that provides artistic or cultural programming to the public.
Please note that special consideration will be given to applicants that fit the following parameters:
1. Existing Bergamot One tenants who will be displaced under the proposed plan that was presented to the City, and former Bergamot One tenants who were displaced by Metro construction. Note: Current Bergamot One tenants will pay the same lease rate per square foot and CAM charges as they are currently paying. 2. Existing Bergamot Two tenants3. Former Bergamot Two tenants (Bergamot Two tenants who left of their own volition must have departed no earlier than September 1, 2015.)
COMMUNITY BENEFIT REQUIREMENTSFor long-term tenancy, tenants must meet the following Community Benefit Requirements:*Tenants will be open and accessible to the public at least 40 hours per week, and at least 48 weeks per year. (Note: because of their programming model, performing arts and presenting nonprofits are exempt from this requirement.)*Tenants will participate in all Tenant Association Events, which are held quarterly. *Tenants will participate in at least two campus-wide events per year. Campus-wide events are defined as activities at Bergamot where over 50% of the tenants are participating or events that utilize the common area. *Tenants will market their Community Benefit events to a broad public audience. If desired, City staff can collaborate with tenants to develop shared marketing tools and strategies.
In addition to the above, at least once per quarter, long-term tenants will provide one of the following:*Arts education activity that serves Santa Monicans and is conducted in partnership with a Santa Monica K-12 school or other local, recognized arts education organization. The activity must adhere to specific, age-appropriate California Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) standards. Tenants must state which VAPA standards are being addressed. (State standards may be found here: https://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/vpastandards.pdf). In most cases, the arts education entity that you are partnering with should be able to outline the standards that are being met.*Artist talk that is free, open to the public, and publicized broadly to the Santa Monica community. Artist talks may be connected to a qualifying educational program (see above). *Donation of space to a nonprofit organization for public events that take place at Bergamot. Any donation of space for an event must adhere to rental terms outlined in the tenant’s lease.*Artist-in-residence program. Artists must receive a stipend for the residency; Santa Monica artists preferred. (Tenants interested in pursuing this opportunity must consult with Cultural Affairs staff in advance to ensure it meets the intent of the Community Benefits Requirements.)*Art-making workshop that is free, open to the public, and publicized broadly to the Santa Monica community.*Art-based pop-up exhibition or event outside of regular programming. Retail-based pop-up events are not eligible. For example, a pop-up acoustical concert would count, but a pop-up sale of art supplies or art books would not. The pop-up must be free, open to the public, and publicized broadly to the Santa Monica community. *In-kind contribution for activities that occur at Bergamot valued at a minimum of $500.
Tenants will be required to submit quarterly reports on their Community Benefit Requirements to Worthe Real Estate Group.
For short-term tenancy, applicants must be able to state how their proposed project serves as a Community Benefit.
Long-term tenantsArtistic Merit (60 points)The degree to which applicant presents work that is of cultural and/or artistic excellence. Applicant demonstrates presentation of work by professional artists of a high caliber.
Quality of Community Benefits (30 points)The degree to which applicant provides robust and compelling programming that activates the site while serving the Santa Monica community.
Organizational or Business Sustainability (10 points)The degree to which the applicant demonstrates financial sustainability. The applicant should employ a professional staff and pay industry-standard fees to artists.
Short-term tenantsArtistic Merit (60 points)The degree to which applicant’s project presents work that is of cultural and/or artistic excellence. Applicant demonstrates presentation of work by professional artists of a high caliber.
Quality of Community Benefits (30 points)The degree to which the proposed project will activate the site and enhance the cultural experience for visitors and the Santa Monica community. Projects that are fresh, innovative and add new artistic elements to the Bergamot campus are encouraged.
Organizational or Business Sustainability (10 points)The degree to which the proposal includes a realistic budget and timeline. The applicant should employ a professional staff and pay industry-standard fees to artists.
Arts Commission priorities for Bergamot vacancies (up to 10 additional points): 1. Existing Bergamot One tenants who will be displaced under the proposed plan that was presented to the City, and former Bergamot One tenants who were displaced by Metro construction (6 points)2. Existing Bergamot Two tenants (3 points)3. Former Bergamot Two tenants (1 points)
***PLEASE NOTE: Applicants will be ranked by a review committee comprised of five Arts Commissioners and one Worthe Real Estate Group representative. Once the initial adjudication has been completed, finalists will be invited to interview with the committee. Once selected, the Worthe Real Estate Group will require the finalists to complete full rental applications, including financial reporting, before initiating the lease process.***