The Alliance of Artists Communities was honored on April 21, 2012, with an award from 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, CA, in recognition of "its 21 years of advocacy and support to artists' communities, advancing the endeavors of artists nationally and internationally." The award was presented during 18th Street's annual benefit dinner, which recognized Susanna Bixby Dakin for her lifetime of exceptional work as an influential artist, arts advocate, and philanthropist. The event also included a keynote interview between art critic and author Hunter Drohojowka-Philp and artist Larry Bell; and private studio tours with resident artists. The event coincided with the Alliance's "Visions from the New California" exhibition, featuring the work of nine of the Alliance's fellows from the last three years, exhibited in 18th Street's main gallery. Sue Dakin's recent book, An Artist for President: The Nation is the Artwork, We are the Artists, was presented to each attendee.
In recognizing the Alliance of Artists Communities, 18th Street Arts Center's executive director Jan Williamson said, "This very special residency consortia gives a collective voice on behalf of its members, small and large, that leverages suport for the field as a whole." The award was accepted by Caitlin Strokosch, executive director of the Alliance, accompanied by Dr. Wayne Lawson, Board Chair, and several Alliance trustees. "It is truly an honor to be recognized by one of our own member organizations in this way," said Caitlin. "18th Street is a real leader within this field for its steadfast support of artists engaged in challenging, provocative work that addresses the most important social issues of our time. It is really a pleasure to partner with 18th Street in this endeavor."