Categories: Press Room


Thanks for visiting our PRESS ROOM. Here you will find information on past, current and upcoming events and programs. Please contact Susanna Peredo Swap at [email protected] with any additional questions, suggestions, image requests, or interview inquiries you may have.

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5/12/24: The Basquiat Gala: Vanguard Culture welcomes Art World Royalty to the Table – Local Umbrella News

5/10/24: Vanguard Culture Welcomes Art World Royalty to the Table at the Basquiat Gala – There San Diego

8/27/23: ENVZN23: More than an arts festival, a collaboration between communities. – San Diego Union-Tribune

8/26/23: Inside Art: Dave Drexler and Vanguard Culture Executive Director Susanna Peredo Swap preview the ENVZN-23 Urban Art Takeover in Logan Heights – KSDS Jazz 88

8/24/23: How to Plan for ENVZN Urban Arts Festival 2023 – San Diego Magazine

8/23/23: ENVZN23 Takes Over San Diego’s Logan Heights – Art Business News

8/23/23: ENVZN: Innovative, interactive event “Performance on Point” (POP) with international flavor – The BUZZ Vanguard Culture

8/20/23: Vanguard Culture presents the ENVZN Urban Art Takeover – KPBS Arts

8/18/23: ENVZN: A Very Special Event – SD Visual Arts Network

7/6/23: Opinion: As 2024’s World Design Capital, the San Diego-Tijuana region will be part of a renaissance – San Diego Union Tribune

6/19/23: Cross-border immersive arts festival slated for September – San Diego Downtown News

6/15/23: ENVZN23 Plans Finalized for an Immersive and Engaging ‘Urban Art Takeover’ of Logan Heights. Press Release

5/3/23: El nuevo festival ENVZN23 llevará arte inmersivo a espacios y calles de San Diego. San Diego Union Tribune

5/3/23: New ENVZN23 festival will bring immersive art to San Diego’s streets. San Diego Union Tribune

12/9/21: The History of Joy: Our Earth – A post-apocalyptic re-imagining of the three little pigs story. San Diego Union Tribune

10/7/21: Vanguard Culture’s latest film series explores what it means to be a woman. San Diego Union-Tribune

6/19/21: Fun with fender benders? How Vanguard Culture’s ‘History of Joy’ is celebrating our everyday rituals. San Diego Union-Tribune

3/21/21: ‘The History of Joy’ Film Series Captures Real-Life Stories of Struggles and Successes. San Diego Union-Tribune

3/20/21: Vanguard Culture Taps into “History of Joy” in Multi-Disciplinary Streaming Production. Times of San Diego

2/16/21: Vanguard Culture Kicks Off its 2021 Season with a Bit of Magic and a Push for Radical Collaboration Among San Diego Creatives. Press Release

12/3/20: Vanguard Culture Closes its 2020 Season with a Push for Radical Collaboration Among San Diego’s Creative Industry Workforce. Press Release

8/18/20: San Diego Artist Relief Fund Launches to Aid Regional Artists of Color – Press Releases: English  ESPAÑOL

7/7/20: Vanguard Culture presents MOMENTUM: A Creative Industry Symposium featuring San Diego’s Most Visionary Arts Leaders. Press Release

6/4/20: Best Bets for the Break: A quick guide to online entertainment and virtual experiences – La Jolla Light

5/29/20: San Diego News Matters – How artists are using their quarantine time – KPBS

5/26/20: Vanguard Culture continues to inspire with unique virtual events for its 2020 Season RIPPLE EFFECT. Access the press release: English HERE. Spanish HERE.

5/10/20: Best Bets for the Break: A quick guide to online entertainment and virtual experiences – La Jolla Light

4/29/20: Commentary: How your donation can help San Diego arts survive the pandemic – San Diego Union Tribune

4/19/20: Mayor Faulconer launches public-private partnership supporting arts and culture community – San Diego Community Newspaper Group

3/3/20: Meet Artist and Curator Chi Essary (Vanguard Culture Board Member) – Pacific Magazine

11/15/19: Interview with Susanna Peredo-Swap: Founder & Executive Director at Vanguard Culture – Patricia Kathleen talks with Female Entrepreneurs

11/8/19: City FX offers a unique opportunity for community college students – San Diego City Times

11/1/19: Vanguard Culture’s Breakthrough: The Future Features Cutting Edge Science – KPBS

11/1/19: Art And Science Collide In Vanguard Culture’s Final Show Of 2019 – KPBS Midday Edition

10/1/19: Vanguard Culture Closes Out Its Quarterly Spoken Word Series with a Hopeful Visioning of the Future.

8/19/19: Vanguard Culture Powers Through Its Quarterly BREAKTHROUGH Spoken Word Series with An Unforgettable 1990’S-Themed Evening

7/9/19: Movement as Creative Catalyst  – a response to Vanguard Culture’s Experiential Movement Lab. By Tiffany Noel Froese

7/1/19: What Will San Diego Look like in 2069? – The city’s next big investment: Art By Susanna Peredo Swap, Founder and Executive Director, Vanguard Culture – San Diego Magazine

6/28/19: Artful Leadership Season 2, Episode 1. An interview with Susanna Peredo Swap, Executive Director of Vanguard Culture.

6/21/19: Not-So-Silent Short Film Festival Celebrates Women Pioneer Filmmakers – KPBS Midday Edition

6/20/19: Exploring early cinema and more at La Jolla’s Wisteria Cottage – San Diego Community News Group

6/13/19: Dine with Chef Daniela de la Puente at Artist @ the Table – Pacific Magazine

6/13/19: Come Out and Play! Help create a live soundtrack for Not-So-Silent Short Film Festival in San Diego – La Jolla Light

5/29/19: Lights, Camera, Action: La Jolla Historical Society exhibit examines ‘devices and wizardry’ of 1900s film-making – La Jolla Light

5/7/19: Artists  Reinterpret the 1970’s – San Diego Downtown News

4/13/19: THE EDGE: A Night of Artistry – San Diego Music Award Winners Merge Contrasting Music Styles. Press Release can be found HERE.

3/20/19: Malashock Dance to Present ‘Art of Dance’ with fashion, dance, and culinary arts – in partnership with Vanguard Culture. San Diego Community News Network

3/5/19: After an Exciting SOLD OUT Roaring Twenties Event, Breakthrough Continues with Live Performances and Unforgettable Experiences Inspired by the 1970’s. Press Release can be found HERE.

2/19/19: Malashock Dance Presents ‘Art of Dance’ in partnership with Vanguard Culture. Press Release can be found HERE.

1/22/19: Vanguard Culture Kicks Off Quarterly Spoken Word Series with a Costumed Evening Themed Around the Roaring Twenties. Press Release can be found HERE.

12/18/18: Vanguard Culture Announces its 2019 Season “CATALYST”. Press Release can be found HERE. Full Season Calendar can be found HERE.

11/1/18: Vanguard Culture Featured on National Geographic Channel

10/29/18: New Alliance Between IDEA1 and Vanguard Culture Aims to Engage the Broader Arts Community (Press Release Can be Found HERE)

8/19/18: Nortec Collective vets and ‘Baja-inspired bites’ should be a tasty combo at downtown UCSD URBAN event – Pacific Magazine

7/14/18: Vanguard Culture’s SENSORIUM – Picked Raw Peeled, San Diego Visual Arts Network

7/12/18: Design Matters In Keeping San Diego Competitive With Other Business Hubs – BISNOW

7/1/18: At the Vanguard of Culture – About Town Magazines

6/30/18: SPOTTED: Sensorium by Vanguard Culture – Pacific Magazine

6/28/18: Art Appealing to Every Sense – Channel 8 News

6/25/18 IDEA1 Hosts SENSORIUM by Vanguard Culture

3/8/18: Meet Susanna Peredo Swap of Vanguard Culture – SD Voyager Magazine, San Diego’s Most Inspiring Stories 

12/8/17: The Importance of Creative Collaboration – Cafe Con Pam Podcast

11/6/17: INSPIRE. 8 Creative Industry Leaders, 4 Amazing Chefs, 1 Big Question

7/24/17: Avant-Garde Gala: Vanessa Balli

7/5/17: Fearlessness, Art & Community: Fearless Leadership Spotlight

7/1/17: Avant-Garde Costume Gala at Comic-Con

7/1/16: Avant-Garde Costume Gala – La Jolla Fashion Files

6/30/16: Avant-Garde Costume Gala at the Mingei International Museum – Vanessa Balli’s Outfit of the Day

6/16/16: An Artist @ the Table with Roman de Salvo – Out & About with Natalie Neece

6/2/16: Creativity on the Forefront: Vanguard Culture aims to bring together artists in all genres and to help other nonprofits – San Diego Home & Garden Magazine

5/30/16: Se acerca el Avant-Garde Costume Gala en San Diego – Arteria

4/4/16: Vanguard Culture – An Artist @ The Table w/ Roman de Salvo – Love & Mimosas, A Lifestyle Blog

7/20/15: Working Backward From Crazy: Implementing a Vision – An Interview with Susanna Peredo, Founder and CEO of Vanguard Culture – Artful Life by Cathy Breslaw

7/3/15: Avant-Garde Costume Gala: Fashion Files – San Diego Downtown News

2/23/15: Partying with the artsy elite: The Foodie Soirée reminded me why I love living rooms – CityBeat Magazine

3/19/13: Susanna Peredo on ARTS: A Reason to Survive at Voice of San Diego’s A Meeting of the Minds March 2013


  • THE SPACE was an Experiential Pop-Up Art Tent at Mission Federal ArtWalk. Vanguard Culture took over a 20’x30′ tent and programmed it with a variety of unique art and culinary experiences that included spoken word, fashion show, live music, free advice, a sit down with a stranger, and Round Two of our Ceviche Chef Showdown.
  • INSPIRE was an evening of great conversation, delicious food, and creative networking. This event addressed the creative and intellectual nature of inspiration in the visual, performing, and culinary arts. Pre-show mixer included one hour of experiences themed around the question of the evening: “What Inspires YOU?” 4 Delicious Chef Stations presented by The O Xperience, Music & Curated Visuals by Xavier Vasquez aka !ZeuqsaV! Wine Tastings by Baja Wine + Food, and 6 INSPIRE-themed Engagement Activities. The main event asked 8 Creative Industry Leaders to answer the question: “What Inspires You?” in the rapid-fire presentation style of 20 slides @ 20 seconds each. Hosted by WILL MARRÉ, Acclaimed Speaker, Moderator, Educator, Author, & Emmy® winner. Co-founder and former president of the Covey Leadership Center which brought The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to millions worldwide. Featured speakers: David Bennett (Managing Director of the San Diego Opera), Ingrid Croce (Restauranteur, Visual Artist & Arts Advocate), Thierry Brouard (Co-founder of Premium Paris & Internationally recognized French fashion photographer), Roxana Velasquez (Executive Director of the San Diego Museum of Art), Deborah Klochko (Executive Director & Chief Curator of Museum of Photographic Arts), Peter Kalivas (Executive Director of the PGK Dance Project), Debra McGinty Poteet (prolific local art collector), and Maxine Mahon (Executive Director of the California Ballet Company).

  • The yearly Avant-Garde Costume Gala is a wild and wonderful evening of creative and sensory pleasure. Guests are invited to wear their wildest, most unique or thought-provoking costume as they enjoy live performances and interactive art environments by some of the region’s most notable artists. Featuring 10 amazing chefs, locally crafted cocktails, Baja Wine varieties, virtual reality room, room-sized art installations, a pastry-filled Mad Hatter Tea Party, an Avant-Garde photo station, and a fearlessly inventive fashion show by Fashion Week San Diego designed to push the limits of creativity. Steampunkers, foodies, cosplay peeps, and fashionistas encouraged to attend.

  • An Artist @ the Table is an intimate dinner series that introduces the general public to San Diego’s creative community by inviting 12 strangers to share in a delicious 4-course dinner with a prominent local arts leader. Featured Artists’ backgrounds range from photography to architecture, fashion, theatre, sculpture, dance and more. Featured Chefs are tasked with creating a menu inspired by the work of the artist. Wine pairings generously provided by Baja Wine + Food. Early ticket purchase is highly recommended. $100.00 – $175.00 / 21+ only.

  • The Foodie Soirée is a yearly celebration of delicious food and creative people. These exclusive events are held in private residences and feature cutting-edge art installations by visual and multi-media artists; live performances by talented dancers, musicians, singers, and actors; tours of private art collections; chef demonstrations; and more. Our guest list has reached over 400 people and is comprised of museum professionals, writers, gallerists, musicians, theatre folks, fashion industry peeps, visual artists, dancers, photographers, culinary professionals and the people who love them. Each event is limited to the first 50 people to RSVP – creating the perfect environment for quality networking and creative collaboration. All guests are asked to bring a culinary creation to share. More info and images HERE.


Vanguard Culture

Vanguard Culture is an online media entity designed for culturally savvy, socially conscious individuals. We provide original interviews and reviews of the people, places, and events that make up San Diego’s thriving arts and culture community, as well as curated snapshots of the week’s best, most inspiring and unique cultural and culinary events. We believe in making a difference in the world, supporting San Diego’s vibrant visual and performing arts community and bringing awareness to important social and community causes.