Alt/Art Space Registry is short for Alternative Art Spaces. While art traditionally happens in places devoted to the arts such as galleries or theatres, there is a long tradition of cross-pollination in the arts. A theatre may present an exhibition in its lobby; a bar or gallery may want to host a theatrical performance, and so on.
The City of West Hollywood, also known as the Creative City, through WeHo Arts actively supports both the arts and business communities. In an effort to connect businesses with artists who may wish to display or present their work, we have created this registry. Businesses signed up on this registry will have their information available on the Pop-Up Art Guide webpage: http://www.weho.org/residents/arts-and-culture/pop-up-art-guide and provided as a resource for artists seeking exhibition or performance space. For those willing to host performance, the list will be additionally be made available to artists looking to be involved in the Hollywood Fringe Festival for which we have an existing grant program to provide scholarships in venues in West Hollywood in June.
This database serves only to facilitate connecting artists to venues; all arrangements for actual use of the space, including facility use charges, staffing or installation are solely negotiated and made between the artist and venue, and should ideally be put in a contract or signed use agreement. Many answers regarding agreements and how to approach exhibiting art can be answered here: http://www.artspartner.org/content/view/exhibiting-art-in-non-traditional-spaces.html
Venues must conform to certain requirements to qualify for registration in this database:
· A guaranteed safe atmosphere for artists and patrons
· Legal rights to operate and rent the venue
· A physical address within the City of West Hollywood (you must confirm your address at www.weho.org/streets). Venues that are located within a couple blocks outside the borders of West Hollywood will be considered on a case by case basis.
A Permit is not required to simply register as a potential venue for visual art or performance. If you are unsure of whether you need a permit (for venues hoping to host performances) you should check with the City's Special Events division to see if you will need a Special Events Permit prior to the performance/event. A special event permit is required when the use falls outside of the normal uses of the space, although many bars and restaurants do host regular small performances in their spaces in the normal course of their doing business. More information can be found here: http://weho.org/city-hall/city-departments/human-services-rent-stabilization/special-event-permits