ARTS DISTRICT Emerging Artist

Opportunity for
Rent-Free Studio Space In
Liberty Station

In 2022 the NTC Foundation selected 3 emerging artists to hold space in ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station. NTC Foundation’s Emerging Artists program has an initiative to foster emerging San Diego/ Northern Baja Region dance makers and dance maker collaboratives with studio space and the chance to participate in a growing, creative environment. The initiative is designed to help them build their career in San Diego, engage with other artists, and grow their audience and patron base for future success.

2023/2024 Emerging Artist (Visual)

Leslye Villaseñor is a recent Studio Arts graduate from UCSD, Leslye Villaseñor has exhibited as part of several exhibitions throughout San Diego including South Central Library in Chula Vista, the Student Gallery at Southwestern College, the Adam D. Kamil Gallery at UCSD, and most recently at the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla.

Primarily focused on oil painting, Leslye’s creations delve into the essence of human consciousness, memory, perception, and the rawness of human emotion based upon her own personal experience, direct observation, and philosophical underpinnings. Most of her work, which features melancholic and haunting themes, aims to capture a moment in time allowing audience members to feel connected with and insert themselves into these dream-like scenarios. More recently, during her work with the New Native Narratives Apprenticeship Program, Leslye explored the idea of imperfection in discarded materials where the shadow of a material’s past purpose remains. Now at the precipice of her budding professional career, Leslye is eager to dedicate herself completely to experimentation, research and creation.

2024/2025 Emerging Artists (Dance)

Joyce Lien Kushner Born and raised in San Diego, Joyce Lien Kushner’s first love has always been dancing, specializing in modern, contemporary and dance conditioning. Despite moving away and switching career paths for a short period of time, Joyce’s journey has led her back to her hometown, reigniting her passion for not only creating captivating dance pieces but also teaching and training dancers of all ages across California. With this residency in ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, Joyce aims to curate an Asian American dance showcase, championing diverse narratives, fostering collaboration through innovative choreographic practices, and providing dedicated space for dance artists to refine their craft. Her vision embodies a commitment to nurturing creativity, amplifying underrepresented voices, and cultivating a vibrant, inclusive dance community in San Diego.


sol dela rosa For sol dela rosa, being selected for the Emerging Artist Program is a full circle moment. As a young artist, Sol took summer workshops, open classes, and performed professionally for San Diego Dance Theatre in Liberty Station. Now many years later, Sol is back in ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station facilitating classes and educational experiences along with presenting some of his own work. With this new space, Sol looks forward to integrating himself into the rich and creative community in ARTS DISTRICT, collaborating and exchanging knowledge with others.


Lexii Regina is a multidisciplinary movement artist known for her curious exploration of storytelling. Utilizing the mediums of acrobatic dance, physical theater, improvisation, modern dance, and circus, she creates works exploring mental health, human connections, the communities that lift us up, and the hope that keeps us going. Lexii is thrilled to have been chosen as an Emerging Artist at ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station and looks forward to using the beautiful studio space to develop a variety of short-form and evening length performances and dance films.  She is excited to see how she can contribute to the vibrant arts community and enrich the experience of visitors of Liberty Station.


Micah Parra has always been immersed in the world of dance. Growing up, Micah was quickly integrated into the circus community, leading her to the San Diego Circus Center in 2021. Since then, Micah continued to hone in on her acrobatic skills through various programs around San Diego. Excited to have a beautiful, accessible space to collaborate with other artists of multiple mediums, Micah looks to cultivate her own creative voice and facilitate a space where people learn to appreciate art as an invaluable tool for healthy expression and human connectivity.


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