Pacifica Center for the Arts is a multi-use complex
made up of visual and performing arts organizations as
well as individual artist studios.
Sanchez Art Center
The mission of the
Sanchez Art Center is to create community
The art center
by emerging and established California
education and outreach programs designed to make art accessible
to people of all ages and backgrounds; and affordable
studio space for up to 30 Bay Area artists.
The art center has three
- Main Gallery - exhibitions by established and emerging West Coast artists
- West Wing Gallery
- Art Guild of Pacifica exhibitions
East Wing Gallery - community
and multicultural exhibitions by Bay Area
organizations and children
Opening receptions are generally held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday
of each exhibition. Galleries are staffed by volunteers and, during exhibitions, are open to the public on Friday, Saturday, and
Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m (except opening Fridays). Admission is free. Office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and
Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m.
The Art Center is home to the Art Guild of Pacifica,
whose 150-plus members volunteer for exhibitions, events, and gallery sitting, as well as serving
on the center's committees and board.
The Sanchez Art Center is a non-profit organization (tax ID#94-3314658). Funding
comes from grants, donations, art classes, art sales, and art studio rentals. We rely on the volunteer efforts of our
studio artists, members of the Art Guild of Pacifica, and the community to help carry out our programs for the community.
In 1996, a group of artists, volunteers, and local residents, in
cooperation with the City of Pacifica, leased an abandoned elementary school building that they subsequently
converted into the Sanchez Art Center. In 1998, with a neighborhood grant from the Peninsula Community
Foundation, a team of local artists, youth, and family members completed Pacifica's only large-scale mural,
containing images that celebrate community spirit and commitment to diversity. In 2000, the Mary Harris Arts
Education Room was established for art classes and summer art camps.