Categories: The FORUM

ABOUT: Professional Development for Creatives

Professional Development for Creatives

Vanguard Culture is an inclusive 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to advancing San Diego’s creative industries. Professional development in the form of industry workshops, lectures, panel discussions, and meaningful networking opportunities are a key component of our programming. We believe in providing industry professionals with the tools, resources, and opportunities to become better at their craft and to make a living doing the thing they love. These programs are made possible thanks to our generous Professional Development Sponsor Jack Lampl.


  • The FORUM is a professional development series designed to support San Diego’s Creative Industries with workshops, lectures, and community discussions that educate participants on the business behind their industry. They are not intended to be hands-on workshops to teach creatives the techniques of a specific craft, but rather to offer them tools, tips, and resources to help them make a living doing what they love. To learn more CLICK HERE.
  • THE FOODIE SOIREE is our signature industry networking event, held every two years. Since 2011 Vanguard Culture has been hosting industry mixers in celebration of delicious food and creative people. Our guest list 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.  All guests are asked to bring a culinary creation to share. Foodie Soirées are held in private residences and feature cutting-edge art installations by visual artists; live performances by some of San Diego’s best dancers, musicians, singers and actors; tours of private art collections; chef demonstrations; and more. Past performers and exhibitors include: California Ballet Company, PGK Dance Project, Malashock Dance, San Diego Dance Theater, Alexander Salazar Fine Art, Big Time Operator, and dozens of independent local musicians, chefs, and artists. To learn more or to get on the guest list please CLICK 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.