Programs and Services

NTC Foundation sponsors programs and services that increase community access to the arts and assist our resident artists, arts organizations, and local businesses.

A free monthly community open house on the first Friday of each month. It features dance, music, spoken-word performances, art-making, gallery and museum openings, and exhibits from area school students. First Friday launched in October 2009 to increase community access and participation.

Liberty School
Liberty School launched in 2007 to help at-risk youth develop academic skills through the arts, improve attitudes toward learning, build self-esteem, and increase their ability to succeed. Since then, 1,300 students have come to the school one day a week to take classes with teaching artists from resident dance, art, photography, and music organizations.

ARTS DISTRICT Resident Group Collaborative
Thanks to a James Irvine Foundation grant, the 100-plus ARTS DISTRICT Resident Groups work together to achieve common goals ranging from coordinated marketing and community outreach to sustainability. Meetings are held monthly, and work groups advance specific objectives.

Public Space Galleries & Outdoor Galleries
To provide free exhibit space to emerging and established San Diego artists, NTC Foundation has two public space galleries where visitors can enjoy and purchase art. Mandell Weiss Gallery in Dorothea Laub Dance Place, curated by San Diego Ballet, exhibits works that feature dance and movement, and Martha Pace Swift Gallery, curated by the Expressive Arts Institute, features established artists. Our outdoor gallery features sculptures for sale. Our Art in Public Places committee seeks to transform the old military grounds into a vibrant cultural setting with new installation opportunities.

Nonprofit Rent Subsidy Program
Finding affordable, quality space for artists and nonprofit groups is a challenge. NTC Foundation provides annual rent subsidies so nonprofit arts groups can be in quality spaces with other professionals and achieve long-term stability at a rate they can afford.

NTC History Project
To preserve the legacy of Naval Training Center San Diego and those who served, the NTC History Project includes oral histories and curated exhibits, including The Life of the NTC Recruit and Chow: Feeding a Navy, in several buildings. These works help visitors understand the significance of the former Naval Training Center and its impact on the recruits and San Diego.