Spanish Village Art Center, San Diego

Spanish Village Art Center, San Diego

For art lovers, a stop at Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park is a must. Built for the second California Pacific International Exposition in 1935, these quaint buildings and colorful courtyard tells the story of life in a charming old Spanish village. After the exposition, the village re-opened as an art center by a group of dedicated artists.

Over the following six decades, local artists have continued to enhance this historical landmark by dding to its beauty with colorful concrete tiles, flowers and unique studio entryways. Today the art center is a vibrant and thriving community encompassing over 200 artists who are eager to share their love for art with visitors to the village.

Throughout the year there are numerous special events, workshops, camps and courses that showcase the latest works by local artist and encourage people of all ages to learn the beauty of art. Come here to watch, learn and shop. Admission is free, experience is priceless.

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Sight Name: Spanish Village Art Center
Sight Location: San Diego, USA (See walking tours in San Diego)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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