Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego

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ICA San Diego is a dynamic laboratory of contemporary art and learning for all ages with a mission to question the world around us! With two campuses, one in Balboa Park and one in Encinitas, we are excited to use art as a catalyst to unite our county.

Thanks to our community support this year, we are proud to have:

* Hosted 11 exhibitions of Contemporary Art free to everyone
Four artists in residents
Four regional artists
One solo show
Two group shows, including a local graduating student juried show

* Served 3,000 students over 19 schools from Chula Vista to Oceanside with the Valise Project 
The Valise Outreach Project is an arts outreach program bringing free art and learning directly into the classrooms of San Diego’s Title-1 schools.

“My middle schooler had been very disengaged from the arts, but after the second Valise Project visit to his classroom, he actually ran up to me to show off his ceramic sculpture and enthusiastically said “I want to make alebrijes when I grow up”.  What a fantastic program to create such joy in our kids’ lives” - Deborah Olin, parent

* Provided 27 Patti Cooprider scholarships for our Summer Art Camps  
Student Scholarships provide underserved Title-1 youth, foster children, and military communities the opportunity to participate in ICA camps.

* Offered over 20 free public engagement programs
Artist Talks: free all-ages engagement with ICA San Diego art and artists.
Family Days: free intergenerational art experiences to families and groups in our community.
Art Explorations: free interactive conversations with the community on the artworks of our shows.

* Unveiled the Education Hub at the ICA Central campus
Now offering art classes to adults and youth at our Balboa Park location in addition to our Education Pavilion at our North campus

Thanks to your generosity, next year we can continue to bring enriching contemporary art experiences to SD and expand our reach to more children and families, fostering a vibrant arts & culture ecosystem for our community!

                                            ICA San Diego / Central                                        ICA San Diego / North
                                            1439 El Prado                                                           1550 S. El Camino Real
                                            San Diego, CA 92101                                               Encinitas, CA 92024

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Organization name

Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego

other names

San Diego Art Institute + Lux Art Institute

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Arts & Culture


1439 EL PRADO Balboa Pk



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