The NTC Foundation is launching a year-long celebration recognizing the 10th Anniversary of ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station. A full season of programming and activities will enliven the 100-acre campus throughout the year.
In December of 2006, the NTC Foundation celebrated the opening of the very first building in San Diego’s newest arts and culture district, then called NTC Promenade. The dance companies that made Dance Place their new home were pioneers in a creative community that now boasts 140 galleries, museums, artists, nonprofits, boutique shops, restaurants and cafes within 45 newly renovated buildings at what was the former Naval Training Center.
In 2017, The Foundation will begin a year of programs celebrating the growth from “an unprecedented opportunity” to a successful, thriving, and increasingly nationally and internationally-recognized destination. The Foundation is planning activities to honor the past, recognize those who helped reach this milestone and celebrations that include exciting community programming, public art installations and arts and culture activities. They include an enhancement of ARTS DISTRICT signature events that have grown in popularity since their inception like the popular monthly free Friday Night Liberty art walk, Salute the Season Holiday events and seasonal Block Parties. New anchor events include a free Summer Concert Series, a Saturday Night cinema series, Installations at the Station temporary art exhibits throughout the grounds, and more.
“If you add up all our ARTS DISTRICT produced programming and the celebrations, art fairs and activities of our Resident Groups and venue users, there is always something new and exciting happening on our campus,” explained Alan Ziter, Executive Director. Ziter, who has been at the NTC Foundation since 2004, has seen extraordinary growth and expects more to come. “It used to be a ghost town around here and now it is bustling every day with activities, art-making, celebrations, and many more people coming from San Diego and out of town.”
“We owe so much to our founding board members, funders and supporters,” explained new Board Chair Lori Fleet-Martin. “ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station has grown into a broad community-wide asset thanks to the determination, generosity and vision of so many who believed in this project from the beginning.”
John Malashock, Artistic Director of Malashock Dance, reflected on the progress he has experienced in his company’s ten years at Dance Place. “Dance has expanded its reach, visibility, and connection to the community through programs that take place at Dance Place,” he said. “We formed The Malashock Dance School when the building opened and we now serve over 400 students each year. I look forward to growing collaborative programming with resident Companies San Diego Ballet and San Diego Dance Theater. This unique space is a catalyst for creativity and an inspiring model for cooperation and collaboration in the field of dance.”