Pacifica Center for the Arts is a multi-use complex
made up of visual and performing arts organizations as
well as individual artist studios.
Sanchez Art Center
The mission of
the Sanchez Art Center is to create community
The art center
by emerging and established California
education and outreach programs designed to make art accessible
to people of all ages and backgrounds; and affordable
studio space for up to 30 Bay Area artists.
The art center
has three exhibition spaces:
- Main Gallery - exhibitions
by established and emerging West Coast artists
- West Wing Gallery
- Art Guild of Pacifica exhibitions
- East Wing Gallery
- community and multicultural exhibitions by Bay Area
organizations and children
Opening receptions are generally held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each exhibition. Galleries are staffed by volunteers and, during exhibitions, are open to the public on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m (except opening Fridays). Admission is free. To schedule a different time, contact the office at 650-355-1894. Office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m.
The Art Center
is home to the Art Guild of Pacifica, whose 150-plus members
volunteer for exhibitions, events, and gallery sitting,
as well as serving on the center's committees and board.
Art Center is a non-profit organization (tax ID#94-3314658).
Funding comes from grants, donations, art classes, art
sales, and art studio rentals. We rely on the volunteer
efforts of our studio artists, members of the Art Guild
of Pacifica, and the community to help carry out our programs
for the community.
In 1996, a group
of artists, volunteers, and local residents, in cooperation
with the City of Pacifica, leased an abandoned elementary
school building that they subsequently converted into
the Sanchez Art Center. In 1998, with a neighborhood grant
from the Peninsula Community Foundation, a team of local
artists, youth, and family members completed Pacifica's
first large-scale mural, containing images that celebrate
community spirit and commitment to diversity. In 2000,
the Mary Harris Arts Education Room was established for
art classes and summer art camps. We will be celebrating our 20th anniversary throughout 2017–2018.
STANDING AGAINST SYSTEMIC RACISM
Throughout the country communities have taken to the streets in peaceful protest and creative outpouring in a collective call for justice and change in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd before the eyes of the world. A horrific act by officers of the Minneapolis Police Department who were sworn "to protect with courage and serve with compassion".
As disturbing as the callous disregard for human life that we saw take place on May 25, 2020, is that this was not an isolated incident. The killing of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery came only a few weeks prior in a deeply disturbing pattern of violent acts against unarmed Black people.
Sanchez Art Center stands together with the community, activists and artists in condemning the systemic racism that has scarred our country since it's founding. Racism that has prevented the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that belong to everyone.
Have you asked yourself: What can I do? How can I support? How can I better educate myself to create real, lasting change? Below is a list of resources to further your knowledge and ability to take action.
Californians for the Arts Anti-Racism Resource List
Five ways to show up for racial justice
Black Lives Matter, Ways You Can Help
7 Ways we Know Systemic Racism is Real
May we rise together united by our angst and heartbreak and stand firmly for change.