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About Us

Our Vision

A thriving, diverse, and inclusive arts and culture community in San Diego
serving as a creative and economic catalyst for the region and beyond


Our Mission

Vanguard Culture is an inclusive 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to advancing San Diego’s Creative Industries. We provide award-winning arts journalism, cutting edge events, and professional development that create arts jobs, bring diverse communities together and inspire collaboration among the visual, performing, and culinary arts.


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We Produce and Provide

·       Quality arts journalism and visionary cultural experiences that respond to the changes and challenges of our contemporary world.


·      Collaborative events and experiences that put San Diego on par with our nation’s most culturally vibrant cities.


·       Affordable networking opportunities that foster communication and collaboration among our diverse body of creative industry professionals.


·       Opportunities for up-and-coming artists to gain direct access to broad audiences and San Diego’s most notable creative leaders and influencers.


Our Values

    • We work to advance the reputation of San Diego’s creative industries by producing quality arts journalism that inspires lifelong supporters of the visual, performing, and culinary arts.

    • We recognize that the visual, performing, and culinary arts have the unique ability to bring people together from diverse backgrounds, interests, and resources.

    • We believe that creative communities are inspired communities that serve as economic engines for the region.

    • We recognize the extraordinary inequities that centuries of systemic racism and injustice have caused for traditionally marginalized communities of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

    • We foster and maintain an environment where diversity and inclusion are valued and realized to the benefit of our CULTURAL COMMUNITY (cultural partners, clients, patrons, vendors, and the community at large.)

    • We are committed to elevating the voices of San Diego’s diverse body of creative professionals and providing a safe space for artists of color to create, innovate, and inspire. Inclusivity is how we live our commitment to fairness and diversity; and we celebrate the visible and invisible qualities that make each person unique.


We respectfully acknowledge that the land we inhabit here in Southern California and across the Mexico/US border is the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Kumeyaay Nation. We extend our profound respect and gratitude to the Kumeyaay people who have lived in this region for more than 10,000 years and find inspiration in their traditions promoting balance and harmony within the land and the people who live upon it. We call upon arts leaders to publicly acknowledge the ancestral land of Native American communities in their region and to do their part to open up a dialogue and partnership that helps dismantle systematic and oppressive structures of colonialism that affect Native Americans to this day.


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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.

Comments (3)

  1. I hope you will consider featuring the Ilan-Lael Foundation, artist James Hubbell’s unique and distinctive home and art studio, and east county arts reesource.

  2. Thank you! I have subscribed to the mailing list. Please feel free to send us notice whenever there is a special event you would like to publicize on our site. All we need is a brief description, link to the page and 2-3 photos for consideration. [email protected]

  3. Thank you for your interest in Vanguard Culture. Our weekly newsletter is published on Tuesdays. If you have a unique, inspiring, or off-the-wall event you would like us to feature please submit the following to [email protected] no later than noon on Monday for consideration.

    A brief description of the event (including time, location, entry fee, etc…)
    2-3 sample images of the event (300-400 dpi recommended)
    Website and RSVP information (if applicable)

    PLEASE NOTE: Submitting an event does not necessarily guarantee that it will be featured. We take all submissions into consideration to curate a balanced sampling of the week’s most exciting, inspiring, and unique events in San Diego.

    Thanks again for your continued interest in and support for the Vanguard Culture program!

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