Thanks to the support of these great organizations, Vanguard Culture has been able to provide dozens of unique experiences for its patrons while bringing awareness to important social and community causes. These visual and performing arts organizations, arts advocates, and community groups are the lifeblood of San Diego’s arts & culture community. Please consider embracing the spirit of giving by supporting our Cultural Partners today!
The San Diego Symphony, through unquestionable commitment to the highest levels of artistic achievement, seeks to elevate human potential by providing a shared sense of pride and belonging to something bigger than any of us can achieve alone.
The mission of San Diego Opera is to deliver exceptional vocal performances and exciting, accessible programs to diverse audiences, focusing on community engagement and the transformative power of live performance.
The PGK Project is a professional dance theater group with a mission to bring diverse dance styles to a wider audience. We pick non-traditional dance venues that are an extension of the community they are a part of. We believe the audience is a collaborative part of our performance and we often arrange seating in a way that encourages interaction. The curtains don’t come down at the end of our shows, a DJ plays music, our concession stays open, and people often hang out to talk to new people.
For over 30 years, San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra has been home to the largest gathering of Concertmasters and Principal Players in North America. The Mainly Mozart Festival boasts top level players from the world’s greatest orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic and dozens more. Mainly Mozart was the first arts organization in the US to perform live classical music in front of live audiences since quarantine began with a series of nationally recognized drive-in concerts. Mainly Mozart is also committed to youth, diversity and inclusion, exploring the music-brain connection and to serving the autism community.
Founded in 1986, Diversionary Theatre is recognized as one of San Diego’s best theatres, and proudly showcases the most vibrant and diverse group of talent the city has to offer. We aim to foster and amplify the next generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other marginalized voices by providing the local community with live entertainment in a dynamic, inclusive, and welcoming environment that celebrates and preserves our unique culture.
Promoting dance as an avenue for personal expression through participation, education, and artistic collaboration. While the Company’s focus is to highlight the power of artistic collaboration and showcase the unparalleled talent of the professional dancers, the organization’s education programs are designed to create access to dance for under-served students, low-income families, individuals with disabilities, and promising pre-professional dancers that may face financial barriers.
The Rosin Box Project presents high-quality performances of world-class professional dancers in a genuinely unfiltered atmosphere through uniquely choreographed, and curated intimate performances. TRBP allows for humanity in the San Diego community, and beyond, to grow and connect, creating greater bonds, deeper understandings, and strengthening the fabric of society.
North Coast Rep’s mission is to create a platform where artist and audience thrive through the intimacy of live theatre, recognizing the power of theatre to challenge complacency, revitalize the imagination, nurture the unexpected and embrace the variety and diversity in our lives.
DISCO RIOT exists to elevate a collaborative art culture in San Diego and beyond. We connect dancers and artists who want to move themselves and audiences in ways that push boundaries, to make high impact art that promotes community, justice, and movement as a form of radical expression. DISCO RIOT is here to make people feel and see something significant, and to move them towards the unexpected.
For more than forty years, the Storytellers of San Diego, a 501c3 nonprofit, has brought the art of storytelling to diverse audiences of families, kids, and adults in the San Diego area and beyond. Its cadre of storytellers is dedicated to promoting storytelling, supporting and inspiring storytellers, and serving as a resource for storytelling enthusiasts. The goals of Storytellers of San Diego are to increase awareness of and appreciation for storytelling as an art form in a variety of settings: entertainment venues, educational institutions, health care facilities, community organizations, non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses, to provide opportunities for participation in storytelling for all children and adults, from beginners to professionals, through classes, workshops, story swaps, concerts and storytelling festivals, to encourage the use of storytelling to bring together diverse populations in the community and promote cross-cultural understanding, and to serve as a source of information on the art of storytelling and storytelling events in the San Diego area .
Established in 2018 by long-time collaborators, pianist Brendan Nguyen and mezzo soprano Leslie Ann Leytham, PROJECT [BLANK] produces immersive, interdisciplinary chamber music and operatic performances. Our programming style, infusion of technology, collaboration with local visual artists, and extravagantly produced concerts aim to explore new musical territory while casting a contemporary eye on the established canon.
“The San Diego Shakespeare Society’s mission is to introduce, educate and encourage the public’s understanding and enjoyment of the works of William Shakespeare.”
Known for its collaborative spirit, Art of Elan has been pioneering unique events and bringing exciting classical music to diverse audiences for over 13 years through innovative partnerships and bi-national initiatives that have cultivated curious audiences on both sides of the border. Its consistent track record of sold-out performances stems from its commitment to commissioning new work, collaborating with world class artists and composers, programming engaging and thought-provoking concerts, and expanding its impact in the region through meaningful community engagement programs. By drawing inspiration from the word élan, which represents energy, style and spirit, Art of Elan continues to engage and energize audiences in new ways.
Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theatre works to create and perform intelligent dances that breathe life into the people of our region and beyond. Provide access to the viewing, training in, and dancing of Isaacs’ dances by people representing diversity of all kinds.
He isn’t strictly a poet, a musician, a writer, a DJ or host. Effortlessly combining the artistic elements of himself, Gill weaves poetry into musical performances and improvisational songs into hosting gigs. Ever present is a forceful undercurrent of soulful, comedic, thought-provoking passion that engages and inspires his audiences throughout California.
For 35 years, Mission Federal ArtWalk has celebrated both visual and performing arts in San Diego. We believe art has the power to connect communities, cultivate new artistic talent and create a better quality of life for all through cultural enrichment.
The San Diego Museum of Art’s mission is to inspire, educate, and cultivate curiosity through great works of art. In 2010 Roxana Velásquez Martinez del Campo assumed leadership of the Museum as its eighth executive director. Bringing a wealth of expertise and an international reputation earned as director of three major national museums in Mexico City, Velásquez has embarked on an ambitious program of building on the Museum’s traditional strengths to reach new levels of distinction in regional, national, and international spheres.
IDEA is an urban mixed-use district driven by 21st century Innovation and Design jobs cluster, nourished by Educational institutions and enriched by the Arts. In order to ensure our prosperity we have to intentionally plan for and work towards a future that will see breakthrough products, services, and experiences at the confluence of design and technology. A future enriched by art, entertainment and recreation, the hallmarks of all great livable and vibrant cities. I.D.E.A. District is our response to this future. As long time San Diego residents, our overarching goal is to enable this vision to become a reality and to unleash its potential to drive new businesses and new jobs in our region.
The San Diego Natural History Museum will be the premier collections-based environmental education and natural history research resource in our region. We will provide programs that are timely, user-friendly, and relevant to the real-life needs of the diverse populations of the San Diego-Baja California region today and tomorrow.
The mission of the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego is to inspire, educate and engage the broadest possible audience through the presentation, collection, and preservation of photography, film and video. MOPA is one of only three museums in the nation dedicated solely to lens-based medium. Located in historic Balboa Park in the heart of San Diego, we offer an annual calendar of relevant, thought-provoking and engaging exhibitions, film festivals and lifespan-learning opportunities.
The mission of the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art (SDAAMFA) is to present and preserve the art of African Americans globally and to broaden the knowledge and understanding of the visual arts in Southern California generally and San Diego specifically by collecting, preserving and displaying works of art by and about African Americans; by creating and hosting quality traveling exhibitions; by collecting and preserving fine art and by developing and helping to foster an appreciation of art through meaningful public programs, symposia, and other educational programs.
ICA brings together two of the region’s contemporary arts leaders: LUX Art Institute + San Diego Art Institute. Through shared vision and resources, we create an inclusive, living laboratory of art and ideas. The Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego presents experimental art and learning with a mission to question everything.
Art San Diego gives collectors an opportunity to explore an amazing array of contemporary and modern art each Fall at the San Diego Convention Center located along the beautiful waterfront setting of San Diego Bay. Art San Diego is unique in bringing exceptional artwork from local, national, and international galleries together alongside outstanding show programming, live entertainment, and other exclusive events. The fair’s featured galleries, artists, and artwork can now be seen year-round on the Online Art Marketplace.
The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. Our mission is to realize a San Diego where everyone is connected to the power of science.
The La Jolla Historical Society is a 501c3 nonprofit public benefit corporation whose mission is to inspire and empower the community to make La Jolla’s diverse past a relevant part of contemporary life, encouraging exploration of the past in ways that inform the present and shape the future. The Society preserves and shares La Jolla’s distinctive sense of place, and serves as a community resource and gathering place where residents and visitors explore history, art, ideas and culture.
Oceanside Museum of Art is a premier regional art museum and a leader of arts and culture in San Diego. In addition to several highly praised contemporary art exhibitions per year, museum programming includes classes, lectures, docent tours, parties, concerts, films, culinary events, and chartered travel to other cultural art venues and destinations.
Sparks Gallery is an event space and represents contemporary artwork by artists living in San Diego and Southern CA. The Gallery was awarded the 2015 People in Preservation Award for Adaptive Reuse by Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO).
San Diego’s newest cultural mecca—a destination for arts and culture at the former Naval Training Center San Diego in Point Loma’s Liberty Station. With 17 of 26 historic buildings completed, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station is home to nearly 145 tenants, including artists, galleries, creative businesses, museums, and nonprofits serving San Diego. Over 800,000 people visit ARTS DISTRICT annually, adding economic impact and jobs to what was once a shuttered Navy base.
Bread & Salt is a 45,000 square-foot gallery and experimental center for the arts with strong community ties. Located 15 miles north of the U.S./Mexico border in San Diego, CA, Bread & Salt hosts original works by local and international artists, eclectic events, and a curated assemblage of artisans, educational entities, and non-profit tenants – alongside a robust residency program and publishing house. It is comprised of multiple gallery, studio, and event spaces, and serves as a cultural hub and gathering place for the region’s creative community.
Mingei International Museum is dedicated to furthering the understanding of art of the people ( mingei) from all eras and cultures of the world. This art shares a direct simplicity and reflects joy in making, by hand, useful objects of timeless beauty that are satisfying to the human spirit. The Museum collects, conserves and exhibits these arts of daily life – by unknown craftsmen of ancient times, from traditional cultures of past and present and by historical and contemporary designers.
A Catalyst for Economic, Intellectual and Cultural Growth At UC San Diego Extension, we believe great social and economic prosperity comes from integrating the collective knowledge of the university, community leaders and professionals. Extension strives to combine local impact with national reputation and global reach.
Founded in 1978, The San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and promotion of outstanding architecture, landscape, interior, and urban design to improve the quality of life for all San Diegans. We do this by curating exceptional events throughout the year that are open to both the design industry and the public at large. We explore how the issues impact our growing region, like the design of our homes, workplaces, schools and communities, as well as our health and well-being.
Sign King was established in 2005 in San Diego, CA. For over a decade we have provided a huge range of print services to everyone from individuals and small businesses all the way up to huge corporations and national chains with 100’s of locations. Sign King offers custom printing services including business cards, brochures, custom stationery, marketing materials, banner printing, signs of all kinds, posters, display stands and trade show materials. Graphic design help is available.
Media Arts Center San Diego, the producer of the annual San Diego Latino Film Festival, offers youth programs to students in 1st-12th grade all over San Diego County. Through programs like the Teen Producers Project, Youth Media & Tech Camp, and Speak City Heights News Crew, youth learn about media literacy and digital technology, while also building skills to become future leaders and innovators.
La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival is the first international fashion film festival founded in North America. The Cannes of the fashion film world. World’s largest gathering of fashion filmmakers and home to the International Fashion Film Awards™ – The IFFAS
The San Diego Italian Film Festival (SDIFF) has created a bridge to Italy, built on the stories told in the movies and events we bring to San Diego.
Pacific Arts Movement (Pac Arts) is one of the largest media arts organizations in North America that focuses on Asian American and Asian international cinema.
San Diego Film Week features over 100 local films as well as “Best-of” selections from many local film festivals including Film Out San Diego, GI Film Festival San Diego, San Diego Italian Film Festival, San Diego International Film Festival, New Filmmakers LA and the 48 Hour Film Project.
Over the bridge from downtown San Diego, a world-class destination awaits presenting a world-class celebration for cinematic art! We invite filmmakers from across the globe to a festival that is at once both cosmopolitan and intimate, a rare combination that allows for an indelible experience that lasts long after the lights go up.
Fashion Week San Diego ® is the longest running, traditional fashion week to celebrate fashion & beauty industries by showcasing and highlighting the pulse of these entrepreneurs and what they are creating here in San Diego. Fashion Week San Diego is not just a week of runway shows, but a whole year of events
The Theatre Program at San Diego City College offers Associate of Arts degrees in Theatre and Musical Theatre, Associate of Arts for Transfer Degree, and Certificates of Performance in Special Effects (FX) Makeup, Technical Theatre, and Theatrical Glamour for Media and Performance.
La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival is the first international fashion film festival founded in North America. The films that make it into the final program will represent some of the most brilliant and creative directors in filmmaking today. Curated from the dynamic and the exploding world of fashion film, are a glimpse of what’s trending in the minds of the world’s top fashion houses, designers, and stylists interpreted through the lens of their filmmaking counterparts.
The mission of Outside the Lens is to empower youth to use digital media to create change within themselves, their community and their world.
As a creative youth development organization, ARTS is a space of inspiration for the next generation to become innovative, empathetic, and visionary creators whose work and values make the world a better place for all of us. Our goal is for young people to gain the skills, experiences, and creative confidence that will enable them to: navigate life’s challenges, cultivate positive relationships, thrive in the modern workforce, and build healthy, inclusive, and equitable communities.
ArtTable is the foremost professional organization dedicated to advancing the leadership of women in the visual arts. Through our membership network and community initiatives, we expand opportunities for women from diverse backgrounds and at all stages of their careers, fostering a stronger future for all women in the arts. Learn more about membership and join ! here
Since 1963, Arts for Learning San Diego has been dedicated to advocating and providing arts education through an extraordinary range of high-quality in-school and community programming.
We help small nonprofits do big things, and we believe you have the greatest impact when you’re working on your mission. That’s why we created Tiny Opera House – to help small nonprofits spend less time managing their business and more time making a difference. Don’t let accounting slow you down. Our amazing and FREE financial management platform is super simple, powerful, and built just for small and startup nonprofit leaders like you.
The Alliance Française de San Diego is a cultural and educational association headed by a French-American Board of Directors. Committed to pedagogical and cultural excellence, the Alliance Française de San Diego provides:
Cassidy Creative Solutions is a strategic consulting firm that helps professionals,non profit organizations and corporations leverage social media, internet sales and marketing strategies through storytelling across platforms. We are passionate about implementing ideas and being part of projects that change society for the better. Cassidy Creative Solutions offers social media training programs and business development strategies for professionals,entrepreneurs and executives.
Press Wizards ® specializes in WordPress design, hosting, and maintenance. We’ve worked with large clients like Cymer, ViaSat, Genoptix, and Bumble Bee Seafoods, as well as hundreds of small businesses and non-profits.
The San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition (SDRACC) is the voice of arts and culture supporters in San Diego. Founded in 1989 to advocate for stable funding by the City of San Diego, SDRACC has expanded to become the local partner of California Arts Advocates on state issues and Americans for the Arts on national issues. Arts and Culture organizations join SDRACC to add their voice to the chorus of support for government funding, sound policy, and an educated public to San Diego benefits from a strong creative sector.
The SD ART PRIZE is dedicated to the idea that the visual arts are a necessary and rewarding ingredient of any world-class city and a building block of the lifestyle of its residents. Conceived to promote and encourage dialogue, reflection and social interaction about San Diego’s artistic and cultural life, this annual award honors artistic expression. The SD ART PRIZE, a cash prize with exhibition opportunities, spotlights established San Diego artists and pairs them with emerging artists each season whose outstanding achievements in the field of Visual Arts merit the recognition.
California Lawyers for the Arts [CLA] is a non-profit organization founded in 1974 to provide legal services to artists and members of the creative arts community. In 1987, Bay Area Lawyers for the Arts [BALA] joined forces with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts-Los Angeles [VLA] to form California Lawyers for the Arts as a statewide organization. CLA is part of an informal network of “Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts” programs that serve artists through state-based organizations throughout the United States.
Rising Arts Leaders San Diego (RALSD) strives to provide programming and resources to emerging arts and culture administrators to build their leadership skills, improve their professional competence, enhance their career progression and keep abreast of new developments in the field.
We connect San Diego residents and visitors with our diverse member museums. In doing so we: Educate: We promote the value of art, culture, and science and open doors to experiential learning. Guide: We are tour guides for museum culture in the San Diego region. We turn our insider perspectives into all-access passes for the public. Delight: We inspire audiences by connecting you with new museum exhibits, events, and opportunities to explore.
The City Canvas app provides personalized ways to discover and experience arts and culture online and in San Diego’s neighborhoods at a glance. City Canvas aims to highlight the vibrant culture of San Diego that often gets lost in the sea of digital information. The team behind City Canvas consists of data scientists, designers and developers united by a single mission to celebrate the power of arts and culture. They believe the arts help spread tolerance, understand diﬀerent perspectives, increase knowledge and create a sense of community.
The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture serves in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and City Council on promoting, encouraging and increasing support for the region’s artistic and cultural assets, integrating arts and culture into community life and showcasing San Diego as an international tourist destination.
The Arts Action Fund is at the forefront of advancing the arts in America. We are the only national arts advocacy organization dedicating 100% of our time, money, and political clout to advancing the arts in America. Our mission is to mobilize one million citizens to join us in mobilizing support of the arts and arts education around the country.