Operating as a volunteer-run community arts center, 2220 is an interdisciplinary event space that is focused on experimentation, improvisation and adventure across a broad spectrum of artists and art practices. Its calendar is curated and cooperatively programmed by roughly a dozen LA-based independent programmers and cultural nonprofits, including many that are longstanding in the city. We host concerts, readings and film series, as well as archival projects, from groups like Acropolis Cinema, Black Editions, LA Filmforum, Late Breakfast, Mezzanine, Mythscience, Pehrspace, Poetic Research Bureau, Rotations and Wild Up.
As resident programmers, some of these organizations live and operate at 2220 Beverly Blvd, and program most of their events in its rooms and on its stages. But 2220 also hosts guest programmers with series that span multiple venues in the city, and these partnerships may change and evolve from season to season. Many of our events in the 2220 Archives, including readings, talks and screenings, are free and all ages. Ticketed events in our theater and front lounge are also mindful of community accessibility and we try to keep prices affordable ($10-25) for all events.
2220 Arts + Archives is dedicated to non-commercial, adventurous and experimental arts. If you want to make sense of it, come and see.
Our mixtape currently includes music, film, and language-centered arts, but also hybrid performance and uncategorizable works. We encourage artists from different communities and practices to talk and collaborate, and to break down the compartments of genre, form and discipline. Aspirationally, in a city often too given to niches and silos, we hope to blend audiences and communities across styles and artforms in the process.
We have self-organized as a volunteer-run programming co-op – a slightly tilting umbrella for complementary arts nonprofits, independent artists and curators. We host resident programmers, who schedule the majority of their events at 2220, and maintain office space here. We also host guest programmers, who are itinerant, and may bring 1-2 events per month to the venue, and also to many other venues across the city. This structure is part pilot, part lark and part octopus ride – one can only hope it works as an organizational model, and is sustaining.
We’ve chosen an intentionally modest place-based name (2220 Beverly Blvd is our street address), because our venue is the container, not the contents. Instead we want to foreground the artists, series and programmers that inhabit the space. We’re very grateful for the building, but the people and ideas that come to it are its vitality.
While we’re conscious of our place in the community, we are not hyperlocal. We see Los Angeles as a world city, and want to give safe harbor to international artists as well as Angelenos and Californians. We want to reflect the illimitable diversity of our city, and give voice and stage to younger artists, while honoring elder innovators, wild thinkers and radical communities of practice. We particularly celebrate the autodidacts and ‘ordinary intellectuals’ who have long given this city its vibrancy, strangeness, dissensus and intensity. We're open to all genres, but are particularly interested in artists testing the limits of their categories.
2220 is not profit-seeking, nor looking to build a brand, push product, etc. We want to try to stay adjacent to and in service of the art, letting thoughts, emotions, experiences, inquiry and rapture be the work, the focus, and the reward of what we’re supporting. Our ethos is non-institutional. While we have dear friends attached to museums and schools, and we may partner with schools and museums, we’re intentionally trying to avoid museumification or over-administration – to stay scrappy, self-organizing and DIY for as long as possible.
Because we’re artist-organized and artist-driven, we try to keep our paid operations team fairly lean, focused on supporting actual events, maintaining our venue tech, and keeping the house clean and safe for artists and audiences. We want our operating revenue to flow as much into programming as possible, and avoid growing a large ‘creative workplace’ and bureaucracy. Our space directors are calendar-focused and avoid top-down planning and art direction, in favor of listening and coordinating among our different programming entities, and otherwise just balancing and EQ’ing the mix.
We’re a collaborative multiplicity, and we watch and learn from other models around our city and elsewhere. Artist-organized spaces in LA we’ve taken inspiration from over the years include LACE, the Underground Museum, Beyond Baroque, Machine Project, the World Stage, Human Resources, as well as storefront and DIY venues like Pehrspace, the Smell, Coaxial, Studio Z, the Blue Whale, the Wulf, Now Instant, Veggie Cloud and others. Peer spaces we admire outside of LA include ISSUE Project Room, Blank Forms, Cafe Oto, Roulette, the Kitchen, Experimental Sound Studio, Anthology Film Archives, and omnibus literary spaces and platforms like Woodland Pattern, Triple Canopy, Ugly Duckling and Flying Object.
We’re always looking out for fellow travelers, and hope to grow and diversify our community over time. We beg your patience as we do so! We’ll inevitably pause to pilot, experiment, evolve and change, and won’t be an always-on entertainment factory any time soon. We’ll make accommodations for slowness, second-guessing, exploration, community feedback, difficulty. If it all works out, we may never be the same.
– A Maxwell, 2220 A + A
Andrew Maxwell (2220, director)
Peter Kolovos (Black Editions, principal)
Jason Adams (Late Breakfast)
Rebecca Baron (@SEA / Mur Murs)
Elizabeth Cline + Glenna Adkins (Wild Up)
Corina Copp (Rotations)
Jordan Cronk (Acropolis Cinema)
Harmony Holiday (Mythscience Archives)
Micah Gottlieb (Mezzanine Film)
Adam Hyman + Mark Toscano (LA Filmforum)
Pauline Lay (Pehrspace)
Steve Lowenthal (VDSQ)
Joseph Mosconi (Poetic Research Bureau)
Guest Programmers (2022-23):
Angel City Jazz
CalArts Film / Video Dept
FilAm Arts / FilAm Teatro
JOAN Los Angeles
Just Jazz Foundation
Light Field Collective
Monday Evening Concerts
Rug & Vase
Seen Journal / BlackStar Festival
The Public School LA
Ben Messmer, house + bar manager
Dan Knowles, sound + production
Mary Venderley, volunteer programs
Garrett La Bonte, volunteer programs
For booking & event inquiries: EVENTS@2220ARTS.ORG
For press & other business: DIRECTORS@2220ARTS.ORG
Physical address: 2220 BEVERLY BLVD, LOS ANGELES, CA 90057
Business mailing address: 12424 WILSHIRE BLVD., SUITE 1040, LOS ANGELES, CA, 90025
Venue phone number: 213-277-1987
2220 Arts + Archives abides by city, county and state regulations and adapts to regional constraints as they are announced. As of 2023, indoor masking is recommended, but not required. Similarly, while we recommend vaccination, we will not be checking vaccination status at the door, absent additional government requirements.
As we work with many different presenters and artists, we respect and defer to their specific preferences for greater safety measures at certain events. Some individual presenting organizations and promoters may ask for additional safeguards (such as compulsory masking), in which case these will be indicated on our event listings.