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 back to the ARTS DISTRICT,” and invite guests to “reawaken their creativity” 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 will be awarded a total of $15,000 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 2021 Recipients and Programs

Perspective Film Screening/ New Americans POV
Organization: San Diego Filipino Cinema in collaboration with 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 in collaboration with Malashock Dance and 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 in collaboration with 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 in collaboration with 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 in collaboration with Young Lions Jazz Conservatory
Fall/Winter 2021

Outside the Lens in collaboration with the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory will present CineScore, a multi-session media + film scoring program for high school students. Students will collaborate on a multimedia project, creating a short narrative, documentary, or hybrid film together. The Young Lions students will then write, play and record an original musical score in a live studio session. The final outcome of the project will be a short film with accompanying original music score co-produced and co-created by youth from both organizations, that will culminate in a virtual premiere, and online distribution via multiple platforms.

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

The Rosin Box Project (TRBP), in collaboration with Outside the Lens, will present 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 will be showcased in Dance Place San Diego. Working with Outside the Lens, TRBP will be targeting 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. TRBP and Outside the Lens will also pay special attention in this free workshop to hold space for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students.


2020 Collaborative Events

The Waves of Feminism
Organization: Women’s Museum of California
January – March 2021
Location: Outside Barracks 16 in ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station
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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 and 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 will feature 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 will honor 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
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 “Together, Liberty” will be 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. The online platform will include short “Meet The Residents” videos for participating Liberty Station tenants.

Wanderlings the Zine Meets Liberty Station
In collaboration with 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
In collaboration with New Americans Museum and Outside the Lens
February 2020

New Americans Museum will partner 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 will be on compelling films that address social justice issues rarely seen or talked about on the big screen. Includes 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.”