Housed in a colorfully painted former water tower, WorldBeat Center opened in Balboa Park in 1996. The Center is dedicated to promoting and preserving African, African-American, and other indigenous cultures of the world through art, music, dance, education, and technology. Classes in international dance and drumming are offered year round, along with concerts and lectures.
The Starlight Bowl was originally commissioned by the Ford Motor Company for the 1935 California-Pacific Exposition. The theater has grown and evolved over the years turning into one of San Diego’s favorite, historic and precious gems. Families of multi-generations have developed a passion and dedication to Starlight's events, sadden to see it abandoned in despair.
The Save Starlight organization is a grass-roots effort to preserve the theater's history and memories and to also create a new and adaptable platform for future events and generations.
Since 1941, the San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) has served as a nonprofit with the mission of advancing southern California/northern Baja art and artists. We are an experimental, bi-national contemporary art center catalyzing new experiences and connecting artist with audience. Our work is dedicated to advancing creative endeavors of artists today and tomorrow. We present new, engaging, and unexpected experiences that expand our cultural perspective and understanding, revealing the culture of this specific place and time through experimental manifestations of art.
A fascinating cultural arts center dedicated to creating, promoting, preserving and educating about Chicano, Mexican, Indigenous and Latino art and culture. Housed in a former water tower, exquisitely painted with colorful murals, Centro features rotating exhibits and performances with theater, dance, music, and film/video.
The Museum of Photographic Arts is one of the few independent institutions in the country devoted to photography, film and video. Founded in 1983, MOPA consistently addresses cultural, historical and social issues through its visual learning programs. In March 2015, it became the first museum in Southern California to offer a "Pay What You Wish" admissions policy. Visitors chose the admission price with a voluntary contribution instead of standard admission every day the museum is open.
Providing a rich and diverse cultural experience, The San Diego Museum of Art houses the worlds finest art in America’s Finest City. Located in the heart of Balboa Park, the museum’s nationally renowned collections include Spanish and Italian old masters, South Asian paintings including the Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Indian paintings, and 19th and 20th century American paintings and sculptures. At The San Diego Museum of Art, exhibition text is always in English and Spanish.