Our focus on diversity is based on the belief that art can lead to healthy growth in marginalized communities and fortify existing groups and traditional cultures. We have created a community of artists who connect with the community around them through the curation and facilitation of art events. Diverse programing makes Space 4 Art a magnet for a broad spectrum of San Diegans from all ages, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds and creates a critical mass of foot traffic in an area previously avoided by many.
We have established partnerships with other nonprofit organizations, schools and art groups. We have hosted four semesters of classes culminating in art exhibits with AIGA Link program for disadvantaged and at-risk youth, veterans storytelling performances with So Say We All, a Preuss School exhibit based on environmental sustainability, puppet making workshops with the San Diego Guild of Puppetry, Free 4 Alls in which Space 4 Art volunteers teach a series of free classes based on their expertise, Wounded Warriors art shows, gallery exhibits with the Mesa College Museum Studies Program, the Voice in Art classes and exhibit with the Family Youth Round Table, the ABC’s of Rock concert with School of Rock, and the John Muir Elementary J-Make Enrichment Program exhibit just to name a few.
Currently, Space 4 Art's partnership with King Chavez Schools and High Tech High is entering its second stage, which entails building another affordable work/live unit and community components, which will be included in Space 4 Art's permanent home on Market Street. Spearheaded by the students, these projects are a collaboration with teachers, artists and architects. Funding will be from diverse sources including the City of San Diego, LISC, and private donors. Through these projects, the students are truly building community