ARTS DISTRICT Collaborative

The NTC Foundation ARTS DISTRICT Collaborative is in its fifth year of providing funding for creative proposals that support and promote the great things that NTC Foundation tenants are doing. The Collaborative program encourages proposals to consider how to welcome the public to ARTS DISTRICT using diversity, creativity, and cultural expression while focusing on subject matter that represents ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station experiences and partners. 

NTC Foundation is announcing the fifth round of ARTS DISTRICT Collaborative funding for projects designed to welcome new visitors to ARTS DISTRICT while addressing diversity, creativity and social change. Through a formal RFP process, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station’s tenants were awarded a total of $16,000 for new projects to advance the work of the tenants, engage the community, and continue the transformation of the ARTS DISTRICT into a thriving arts and culture destination for the region. Special thanks to our 2022 Collaborative  Sponsors Bank of Southern California and RiverRock Real Estate Group.


ARTS DISTRICT Collaborative 2022 Recipients and Programs

Children’s Garden
Organization: The Treehouse Academy & San Diego Craft Collective
Summer 2022

The Treehouse Academy and San Diego Craft Collective are building a children’s garden outside of building 176, The Dorothea Laub Music & Arts Center, with seasonal vegetables, herbs, and native plants. Children from San Diego Craft Collective and The Treehouse Academy will participate in building the garden, planting the seeds, building benches and fences, and maintaining the area. It is certain to beautify the ARTS DISTRICT.


International Make Music Day
Organizations: Apt 4 Music & Songbirds Music
June 21, 2022

Outdoor music instruction and interaction for all ages on North Promenade. Concluding by 5pm with a main act performance by a junior band provided by Apt 4 Music.


Metal & Mud Wall Art Workshop
Organizations: Rekindle Pottery & AG Ambroult
July 23, 2022

This workshop will teach participants how to create a small piece of wall art with the use of premade/pre-cut pieces of metal and ceramic that are strung together in a decorative manner. The goal is to offer this class to disadvantaged women who may not otherwise have access to creative outlets. Collaborating on this project brings together the experience of both artists with their mediums and provides a safe space for women to explore their creativity. Amy and Amber both share a passion for creating new opportunities in the arts for people who may not have the means to access artist endeavors. This workshop will be marketed to organizations with missions to help women in need and therefore the fees for this workshop will be waived to eliminate financial barriers to accessing an art class. Partnership with non-profit has not yet been established.


Teaching Artist Professional Development Day
Organizations: Malashock Dance, CoTA & KIT
August 6, 2022

Malashock Dance will host a free “TEACHING ARTIST PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY” in collaboration with CoTA (Collaboration Teachers and Artists) and KIT (Kids Included Together), both Liberty Station tenants. Our target audience is all teaching artists (regardless of arts discipline), and classroom teachers who are passionate about working with arts teachers to enhance the learning experience of their students.


Video Workshop
Organizations: The Rosin Box Project & Outside the Lens
September 2022

Collaborating with Outside The Lens, TRBP presents a two-day workshop learning about capturing dance on film! Students will work with TRBP’s professional dancers and OTL’s tenured teaching artists, exploring how to highlight dance best on camera and the post-production work involved in creating a dance film short. The final videos will be shown in a First Friday Showcase at the end of the project in September.


Uplifting Gestures
Organizations: Artist Leslie Pierce & Malashock Dance
September 17, 2022

Public outdoor Gesture Drawing of Malashock Dancers. Leslie will lead the drawing and John will lead the dancers and give a behind the scenes talk on choreography. After event, Leslie will create 2 Art Installations- one will incorporate attendees drawing into an installation- location TBD, the second will be a video mapping installation piece of gestures in Artist Leslie Pierce Studio.


Birds in Motion
Organizations: San Diego Dance Theater & Mockingbird Improv
November 13 & 19, 2022

Birds in Motion is a first time two-day collaboration between San Diego Dance Theater and Mockingbird Improv. This innovative pilot program will consist of two main components: a workshop open to the public, and a performance incorporating students from the workshop, along with a piece developed by the two professional companies.


2021 Collaborative Programs

Perspective Film Screening/ New Americans POV
Organization: San Diego Filipino Cinema & New Americans Museum
May 2021

San Diego Filipino Cinema in collaboration with New Americans Museum presented the virtual Perspective Film Screening/ New Americans POV of two award-winning films from two new Americans and POC filmmakers from the Philippines and Nigeria. An insightful discussion with filmmakers Drama Del Rosario and Peter Okojie followed the screening of their films. Drama’s film discusses issues of the LGBTQ experience and challenges of coming out in a religious and military family. Peter’s film discusses issues of poverty, economics, and a family’s aspirations for survival in Nigeria with the wife’s accidental introduction to boxing.


Dance is in the Air
Organization: San Diego Dance Theater, Malashock Dance & San Diego Ballet
May/June 2021

Malashock Dance, San Diego Ballet, and San Diego Dance Theater announced the return to live dance productions in the Dance is in the Air Festival on an outdoor stage at ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station. The three companies spent over a year working in virtual platforms to continue to create and perform dance, and were thrilled to collaborate on the vision, design, fundraising, and procurement of an outside stage.


San Diego Craft Collective & Hakkai Aquascape Design Gallery
Organization: San Diego Craft Collective & Hakkai Aquascape Design Gallery
Dates: Summer 2021

San Diego Craft Collective in collaboration with Hakkai Aquascape Design Gallery hosted 4 craft-based demonstrations showcasing Hakkai’s special aquascaping skills and San Diego Craft Collective’s skills in woodworking and craft. The workshops were open to the public and offered free of charge.


Day of Art
Organization: San Diego Brain Injury Foundation & VELTZ Fine Art
Date: July 2021

The San Diego Brain Injury Foundation, in collaboration with Veltz Fine Art and Lovejoy Creations, produced a virtual Day of Art event for brain injury survivors. Day of Art was an opportunity for brain injury survivors to engage with creation of art projects in a variety of mediums as a form of art therapy. Survivors learned basic art techniques during Day of Art. This event, included art kits mailed to registered participants, was offered free of charge.


Organization: Outside the Lens & Young Lions Jazz Conservatory
Fall/Winter 2021

Outside the Lens in collaboration with the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory presented CineScore, a multi-session media + film scoring program for high school students. Students collaborated on a multimedia project, creating a short narrative, documentary, or hybrid film together. The Young Lions students wrote a play and record an original musical score in a live studio session. The final outcome of the project was be a short film with accompanying original music score co-produced and co-created by youth from both organizations.


The Rosin Box Project & Outside the Lens
Organization: The Rosin Box Project & Outside the Lens
Fall 2021

The Rosin Box Project (TRBP), in collaboration with Outside the Lens, presented a free, 3-day movement photography workshop in early summer catering to middle and high school students across the San Diego region. Students will engage with professional teaching artists and dancers, producing dance photography that were showcased in Dorothea Laub Dance Place. Working with Outside the Lens, TRBP targeted middle school and high school groups already engaged with both nonprofits, including student bodies at San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and Coronado School of The Arts.


2020 Collaborative Events

The Waves of Feminism
Organization: Women’s Museum of California
January – March 2021

The “Waves of Feminism” was a temporary outdoor multi-panel mural that will describe and distinguish between different eras and generations of feminism in a way that is educational, enlightening, and engaging. The three-panel mural featured images of prominent women who contributed to each era’s movement, along with didactic information embedded into the canvasses to provide context. An additional innovation allowed viewers to utilize their smartphones using a QR code or other technology, to connect to segments of audio or video recordings of the women’s speeches archived at the Library of Congress.


STREAM/Line: A Virtual Dance Series
Organization: Malashock Dance
November/December 2020

Malashock Dance presented STREAM/Line, a five-part series of unique, 30-minute, COVID-safe events, live-streamed from the Malashock Studio Theater. This series featured live World Premiere dance performances, open rehearsals where audiences could peer into the creative process in real time, forum discussions that address the current challenges and opportunities in the performing arts and made-for-the-camera dance films.


Day of Art
Organization/Artist: San Diego Brain Injury Foundation & Veltz Fine Art
November/December 2020

The San Diego Brain Injury Foundation (SDBIF) is collaborated with Veltz Fine Art to produce two virtual Day of Art events for brain injury survivors, an opportunity for brain injury survivors to create art projects in a variety of mediums. Survivors learned basic art techniques and the event also provided a positive environment where survivors could connect with peers. Registered participants received an art kit in the mail to enable participation and eliminate the need for them to purchase any supplies to participate.


Fish Out of Water 2020
Artist: Lauren LeVieux
November 1 – April 2021

A temporary art installation, Fish Out of Water 2020 was a collaborative art piece only visible when wet. On rainy days the artwork surprised visitors. On sunny days a little water revealed the installation.


Annual Day of the Dead Commemorative Celebration
Organization: New Americans Museum
November 2, 2020

Presented by New Americans Museum, this year’s Annual Day of the Dead Commemorative Celebration featured a special multimedia presentation in lieu of a physical altar to respect social distancing measures. The anticipated Día de Muertos/Day of the Dead experience honored the 200,000+ lives lost in the U.S. to the coronavirus pandemic with a student-led video/film, accompanying narrative and Zoom discussion with Professor of Anthropology Dr. Jose Guadalupe Flores from Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, detailing the symbols and significance of a cultural and pilgrimage practice dating back to precolonial times in Mexico.


Together, Liberty: Metamorphosis
Artist: Leslie Pierce
December 2020 -March 2021
Location: Martha Pace Swift Gallery, Building 201 in ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station

“Together, Liberty” is a wall exhibit and online platform celebrating Metamorphosis, as seen as a butterfly. The butterfly can be interpreted in any way – abstractly or real in images, through the media of dance, jewelry, food, drink, sculpture, ceramics, paintings, architecture, flowers and words, and can be completely conceptual. This project will include a physical exhibit of hanging 8×8” prints at The Martha Pace Swift Gallery each available for viewing online.


Wanderlings the Zine Meets Liberty Station
Whimsique, MK Envisions, San Diego Watercolor Society and White Box Live Arts
April 2020

Art Date- 3 hour workshops and scavenger hunt to promote creativity and discovery across the campus. Includes a custom art map, photo prompts, art and text installations, portrait studios and submission boxes for innovative interactions with participants.


Perspective Series Film Screening
San Diego Filipino Cinema, New Americans Museum & Outside the Lens
February 2020

New Americans Museum partnered with San Diego Filipino Cinema to produce a Perspective screening program dedicated to bringing unique, powerful, and relevant films coming from the perspective of Filipinx filmmakers from around the world. The collective focus was on compelling films that address social justice issues rarely seen or talked about on the big screen. Included relevant shorts and a post screening Q & A.

2019 Collaborative Events

Summer Solstice featuring Art, Music, Dance & Dining
In collaboration with ARTS DISTRICT tenants
June 2019

A three-day weekend of visual and culinary experiences to awaken your senses to the summer sun! The celebration begins Friday evening and runs through Sunday evening.
The sunny daytime hours will be filled with Public Art participation and special events found in and around the ARTS DISTRICT’s more than 25 artist studios, to live music,
dance performances and yoga in the lawn. The evening hours are focused on indulging the taste buds and dining under the stars at one of the many top rated restaurants’
patios. Restaurants at Liberty Station can be found here. The Sunday night finale will be Congé the “ArtGastro Progressive Dinner of a Lifetime!” Dinner Guests will progress thru 3 Courses served at Veltz Fine Art, Solare Ristorante and MK Envision Galleries, with Celebrity Chef Flor Franco & Executive Chef Filippo Piccini.

First Friday Performance
In collaboration with DanzArts, Emilio Ochando and San Diego Dance Theater
October 2019
Location: White Box Live Arts

DanzArts La Esencia Flamenca Dance Company will be hosting world renowned and award-winning flamenco dancer, Emilio Ochando. A free Flamenco workshop will take
place and be open to the public. Prior to performance, attendees will have an opportunity to meet Ochando during a reception at 5:30 pm-7 pm with a free demonstration of his work and a history of flamenco at Dorothea Laub Dance Place.

Live Arts Fest
In collaboration with San Diego Dance Theater, Kevin Winger Fine Art, Lauren LeVieux, M. Fishbeck Studio Gallery, Velz Fine Art, Blue Pearl Art and Alexia Rose Art
April 2019
Location: White Box Live Arts

Dance-makers and 5 visual artists from ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station work collaboratively to inspire each other for the annual Live Arts Fest; creating original images for projection. The artists and dance-makers worked together, holding collaborative meetings and using the descriptions of the intended work from the dancemakers to serve as a point of inspiration.

Spring in the Arts
In collaboration with Recreational Music Center, Monart School of Art and The LOT
March 2019
Locations: Recreational Music Center, Monart School of Art and The LOT

Spring into the Arts is a collaborative camp that will offer a 5-hour camp experience for kids ages 4-14. The camp will conclude with a showcase of what they learned at THE
LOT. The showcase will allow for the public to view their work on the big screen, while also enjoying music by Recreational Music Center.

Filmmersion presented by San Diego Filipino Cinema
In collaboration with New Americans Museum and The LOT
March 2019

The San Diego Filipino Cinema in association with the New Americans Museum will host Filmmersion – a three-day film immersion workshop .The best three short films will be
selected to be shown at THE LOT prior to the showing of “The Women of The Weeping River.”