Profile of the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, CA

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An exhibition view at the Escondido arts center. Image courtesy the California Center for the Arts.

Established:

The California Center for the Arts in Escondido, California was established in 1985, but officially opened to the public on 1 October 1994.

The multi-purpose arts center includes a "1,500-seat concert hall, a 400-seat theater, a contemporary art museum, art and dance studios" among other facilities.

The contemporary art museum, itself, consists of a 9,000-square-foot exhibition space containing three galleries, a sculpture court, and a museum store.

History:

The California Center for the Arts in Escondido originated in 1985 when the community voted for the construction of a $73-million arts center. However, plans for a community arts center began germinating, much earlier, in the 1960s.

The ground-breaking ceremony for the new construction of the arts center complex was held on June 22, 1991, which included murals painted by the local children, among other community-based activities.

On October 1, 1994, the California Center for the Arts, designed by Californian architect Charles Moore, officially opened to the public.

Mission:

According to the Museum's website:

"With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and celebrate both the visual and performing arts, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is the cultural center of North San Diego County."

"Since its founding, the Center has been dedicated to its mission to promote the arts and their power for community building and enhancement, and to enrich the lives of all within its reach, by providing artistic and cultural opportunities of the highest quality."

Location:

The California Center for the Arts is located at 340 North Escondido Boulevard in Escondido, California. The site is located on "a green, 12-acre campus in downtown Escondido, adjacent to City Hall and Grape Day Park."

The Center is easily accessed by public transportation; please refer to their website for further information.

Museum's Conservation Department:

The California Center for the Arts in Escondido does not have a permanent collection, so does not require the services of an art conservator in order to preserve the works for future viewing.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum does not have a permanent collection. Instead, it hosts four art exhibitions annually, featuring local and national artists.

Noteworthy Facts:

Employment Information:

The Museum regularly posts job listings on its website in the various departments such as administrative, curatorial, sales, security, etc. In addition, there are various volunteer and paid positions available in the theater and concert hall.

How to Apply for a Job:

To apply for a position at the Museum, a cover letter and resume is requested to be mailed to: 

California Center for the Arts, Escondido
Attn: Human Resources
340 N. Escondido Blvd.
Escondido, CA 92025

Museum's Contact Info:

California Center for the Arts, 340 North Escondido Boulevard, Escondido, CA 92025. Tel: 760-839-4138.

California Center for the Arts' website

Museum Hours:

  • Monday closed
  • Tuesday closed
  • Wednesday closed
  • Thursday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Sunday 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Closed holidays

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