Make an unforgettable day in November at Liberty Station

Bring all your friends and family to ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station this month to make it a November to remember. Whether you choose to peruse veteran art in the former Naval Training Center, twist your mind at the premiere of Art in Bending Mysteries, discover your green thumb, discover new public art, or participate in a variety of First Friday experiences, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station welcomes everyone to create unforgettable memories.


For the month of Novembergaze at the extraordinary multimedia art installation, ELEVATING GESTURESby artist Leslie Pierce located in Suite 104 of the Dick Laub NTC Command Center. The free one-month installation will include multimedia works such as video projections, drawings and paintings as well as drawings by the participants of the outdoor public event UPLIFTING GESTURES.

The exhibit was made possible through a collaborative grant from NTC Foundation and will last the whole month of November. The exhibition will be open Tuesday to Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Stroll around and see all there is to offer in the ARTS DISTRICT with various art exhibits, workshops and more for the first Friday of this month. You can see all the programming of events here with some highlights listed below.

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Oolong Studio Milk

Oolong Studio Milk is hosting a two-hour “Moon Jar Workshop” from 4-6 p.m. Entrants will choose between a blue, white, or clear glaze and the finished piece will be ready for pickup in approximately 2 weeks. The workshop is $65, and to register, click here.

Mandell-Weiss Gallery

Mandell-Weiss Gallery presents its inaugural exhibition, Portraits from the Anthropocene Part I: Body, Energy, Space, Time. This exhibition represents the fundamental aesthetic of dance, while exploring the inextricable and conflicting relationship between the human body and the gravity of our imprint on the environment. This exhibition questions what it means to be a practicing artist in this time of global existential crisis.

Featured artists include Ellen Dieter, Shahla Dorfshan, Ajay Junious, Linda Litteral, Kathleen Kane Murrell, Kathy Nida, Katie Ruiz and Perry Vasquez. Participation is free and will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Dancers from the San Diego Dance Theater

San Diego Dance Theater presents “Up Close & Personal”, a collection of world premieres, a directory and an installation of photographic art. Director Terry Wilson and guest artist Bernard Brown created two world premiere dances as well as repertoire created by former artistic director Jean Isaacs and guest artists Lavina Rich, Khamla Somphanh and Odessa Uno.

Attendees will also enjoy a photographic installation by Doug McMinimy, one of San Diego’s top dance photographers, who converts Khamla Somphanh’s dance, Purposely Accidental, into a sequence of movements in space and time. into a series of still photographs.

The dance performance and photographic installation will take place at the Light Box Theater at ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station (2590 Truxtun Rd. Suite 205). Tickets are available for purchase online here.


There’s no better place to appreciate the artistic works of those who have served our country than at the former Naval Training Center in San Diego. Browse local art created by serving and retired military personnel at the Veterans Art Exhibit presented by Fleet Week San Diego in partnership with ARTS QUARTER Liberty Station. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with all art mediums at the Martha Pace Swift Gallery from November 4-13. The exhibition will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Art in Flexion performance in public

Immerse yourself in the tantalizing cinematic journey, Mysterie, presented by bending art at the LOT in November. Looking through the eyes of circus professionals, Mysterie will reimagine the world from a warped point of view. This film will be the first of Art in Flexion’s big screen productions to hit theaters. The two-hour film will premiere at LOT on Thursday, November 10 at 6 p.m.

To buy tickets here.


San Diego Craft Collective invites the community to join its gardening club on the second Friday of every month. Founder, Steffanie Dotson, saw an opportunity to turn an underutilized plot of land outside her studio into a living learning lab!

With support from a collaborative grant from the NTC Foundation, the new edible and pollinator garden serves to teach the community how gardening in a small space can be quite bountiful. Learn how to grow your own fresh organic fruits, herbs, and vegetables, plus all the benefits of healthy eating, being outdoors, and giving back some green space to our planet. Participation is $10 and free for members of the military.

To register, click here.


Rady Children's Hospital Ice Rink

The NTC Foundation welcomes Rady Children’s Hospital to celebrate the holiday season with the return of its outdoor skating rink from Thursday, November 17 through January 8, 2023. Located on the central promenade of ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, Rady Children’s Ice Rink is in its 26th year and is a fun, family-friendly way to spend time together, raising money for the Thriving After Cancer program at the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

The rink is a center of joy and inspiration throughout the holidays and will be open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

BIRDS ON THE MOVE | November 20

mockingbird improvisation

Birds in Motion is a first two-day collaboration between San Diego Dance Theater and mockingbird improvisation. This innovative one-day improv event will consist of a two-hour improv workshop, led by the San Diego Dance Theater and the Mockingbird Improv Faculty. Actors and dancers are welcome to come and explore different interactions with improvisation!

During this workshop, teachers will guide students through improvisation games and structured scores. After the workshop, Mockingbird and the San Diego Dance Theater will close the evening with a collaborative performance featuring their professional companies! Students will be able to see elements of their studio on stage, and spectators will be able to experience two art forms brought to life!

The workshop and performance will take place at the Light Box Theater at ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station (2590 Truxtun Rd. Suite 205). Tickets are $25 for the workshop and $15 for the show and can be purchased
on line here.

LPA DESIGN STUDIOS | Opening this month

PLA Lobby

Welcome to the newest addition to the ARTS DISTRICT, LPA Design Studios, an integrated design firm focused on a design process that emphasizes performance, collaboration and inclusion. Their work earned them the AIA-California 2021 Firm Award, the state’s highest honor for an architectural firm. LPA shares an innovative vision and changes lives by design. LPA officially opened its doors on October 19 in its new studio space at Barracks 3.

About ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station

ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station is San Diego’s largest arts and culture district, located in historic buildings of the former Naval Training Center in the Liberty Station neighborhood near downtown San Diego Bay. With 100 park-like acres, the ARTS DISTRICT is home to nearly 145 museums and galleries, artist studios, dance companies, fine restaurants, creative retail businesses and other organizations that showcase San Diego’s creative community and provide experiences innovations to the public. Visit here for more information.

See you there, San Diego!

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