Space 4 Art simultaneously functions as a contemporary art space and an arts enrichment center for underserved groups representing a broad cross section of San Diego’s vibrant and diverse communities. 

Space 4 Art is located in San Diego's East Village, an “urban frontier” where high-rise condominiums, homeless tent cities, and the historic barrio collide. Much of the existing low-income housing and service organizations are permanent fixtures that cannot be driven out by gentrification. Space 4 Art serves as a meeting space where diversity can be explored and celebrated through art. 

The first project. "Focus on Imperial", created the impetus for the second, known as the Gilliam Family Community Space and Garden, both which were conceived and built by the students of King Chavez and High Tech High. The Third, referred to as "The Tiny House Project", was a collaboration between Space 4 Art and High Tech High in which students began the first part of what will be an ongoing project to design and build tiny work/live spaces for local artists. The first full-scale prototype was completed in spring 2016. Each of these projects gave students the unique opportunity to work with their minds and hands using design software and power tools side by side with other volunteers from the community 

Our facility is centrally located and accessible via two main transit centers. It is a vibrant and informal setting which houses 40 artists between the ages of 22 and 70 working in a variety of disciplines. Space 4 Art provides a place where students, families and communities connect with the arts and with professional working artists.

High School students and community volunteers building Gilliam Family Community Space and Garden, January 2016

High School students and community volunteers building Gilliam Family Community Space and Garden, January 2016


Learn more about our initiative to bring ART to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math programming in our community. 

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Partnering with High Tech High Chula Vista, 9th grade students are learning how to design and build tiny homes for local artists to keep art and culture by providing affordable housing.

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Read about our collaboration with Greater Logan Heights BAME CDC, King-Chavez Schools, and CPI to turn a trash-strewn lot into a community park full of art.

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