San Pedro Arts and Cultural District
Angels Gate Cultural Center is proud to be a part of the state designated San Pedro Cultural Arts District, one of 14 designated districts constitutes a well-defined geographic area with a high concentration of cultural resources and activities. The district includes the historic core, the waterfront to the Pacific ocean.
The San Pedro Arts & Cultural District’s peninsula geography lends a small town atmosphere despite belonging to the nation’s second largest city. The historic core of downtown San Pedro has been renting to artists since 1944, with studios in storefronts and warehouses alike. Many commercial buildings also house studios, organizations and work/live options in the district.
The Angels Gate Cultural Center offers studios in former army barracks for more than 50 artists of all disciplines. Crafted, a permanent weekend market with handmade apparel, home decor and food goods, houses a plethora of artists with space and marketing to sell their artwork at the Port of Los Angeles. Vacant spaces remain open to new artists and organizations, providing more opportunities and promise to grow the district’s arts culture.
These nontraditional spaces offer regular arts events, with monthly art openings and classes in settings all over the district. For 20 years, the community has participated in a First Thursday ArtWalk, one of the first in the region. Thousands of local residents show up every First Thursday to celebrate the visual arts, socialize, and patronize participating restaurants.
The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.
California Arts Council Press Release