Celebrating 85 years of Art in San Pedro and the Harbor communities

The San Pedro Art Association was formed in 1936 by a small group of local artists to bring together creative people with similar interests within the Harbor area community, and to provide a focal point for those with such interests to work together, to learn, and to exhibit their work.

In 1953, the San Pedro Art Association became a non-profit corporation providing a structure for the further growth of its membership and activities.

The stated goals were:


  • To further the mutual inspiration and development of its members by seeking to stimulate their interest in this organization and to encourage them in their own particular line of work.

  • To promote means and opportunities for the education of the public with respect to art activities within the community.

  • To enlarge and intensify the interest of its members in the artistic, cultural, and educational affairs of the community for its betterment by contributing to and encouraging art activities within the community.


Today, the San Pedro Art Association continues in that role as a forum for networking, information sharing, promotion, peer access and council, professional assistance, art education as well as career and marketing opportunities for the artists living in the harbor area and beyond. The goal of enriching the community through art is one that continues today and will continue well into the future.