CIACLA's pilot center in Bergamot Station has now closed.
We have launched a Go Fund Me Campaign to fundraise for future events and the reopening of the center please make a tax deductible donation via:
CIACLA is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) charity, meaning your donation is tax deductible and all funds raised are placed back into the program, operations and ethos of the organisation.
The groundwork for CIACLA - The Contemporary Irish Arts Centre Los Angeles was established in 2011 when Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan of MART Gallery & Studios began to curate exhibitions annually in Los Angeles, promoting leading Irish Contemporary Artists.
In 2019, following eight years of exhibitions and events through local partnerships in Los Angeles, the pair launched a pilot venue for CIACLA, which promoted contemporary Irish culture through a multidisciplinary summer program at Bergamot Station, Santa Monica.
This exciting program which showcased a need for a dedicated Irish arts venue in LA and was made possible with thanks to our new members and supporters, The MART Gallery & Studios, Culture Ireland, the Government of Ireland's Emigrant Support Programme and Santa Monica City.
As we fundraise towards a permanent center, CIACLA will continue to facilitate and promote cultural events & exhibitions in collaboration with local and international cultural partnerships. This future programming is dependent on the support of our members, patrons and sponsorship, while continuing to develop our relationships with councils in the US and Ireland. The success of the summer 2019 program is evidence of the need for a venue to promote Irish Culture on the west coast of the US.