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.
California Ballet is the sole ballet company in residence at the San Diego Civic and Balboa Theatres. Musicians from the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) provide California Ballet with a level of production unmatched in the local dance scene.
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.
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 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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our mission is to advance regional contemporary art and artists while fostering cultural equity through access to meaningful art experiences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Collateral Collective (COCO) is the first art collective that you don’t have to be an artist to join. Becoming a COCO Member Collector means that you are the catalyst that makes art happen.
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.