Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community


1717 East 7th St.Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission of the ICA LA is to support art that sparks the pleasure of discovery and challenges the way we see and experience the world, ourselves, and each other.


Founded in 1984 as the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA), the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) is one of a few Kunsthalles (non-collecting museums) in the United States.

The ICA LA's revelatory exhibitions of works by international artists, dynamic public programs, and inclusive community partnerships reflect the diversity of Los Angeles and the world, fostering critique of the familiar and empathy with the different. The museum builds upon SMMoA's distinguished history of fostering artistic experimentation with bold curatorial choices, and connecting with various communities via timely, meaningful, and engaging public programs. ICA LA is committed to making contemporary art relevant and accessible for all. Admission is free.


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