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About the Cambria Center for the Arts

Become involved:  There are so many ways to enjoy the arts:

·      Participate in and attend events.

·      Become a member.

·      Volunteer.

·      Donate. 

·      Stay in touch.

Mission:  Cambria Center for the Arts engages the community through the inspiration, creation, performance and enjoyment of all art forms.

History:  Since 1947, local residents have come together to bring art to Cambria. What began as a collection of local artists sharing gallery and learning space grew into a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 1973, expanded to add a local theater program in 1992, launched an international film festival in 2018, and began a comprehensive program of adult and children’s learning programs in 2021. The Center now uses Cambria’s original grammar school as its base.


  • Visual arts:  Our Gallery showcases an ever-changing series of shows and local artists, carefully curated by our gallery committee. In addition to both 2- and 3-dimensional art, the gallery displays smaller work, jewelry and cards. The Gallery also features a special lending library for art books. To find out more: Gallery Schedule.
  • Performing arts:  In our Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre, a local company of actors schedules an annual program of musicals, dramas and staged readings. In addition, the Theatre is often host to special concerts and traveling shows. Schedules and tickets are available on our website. To find out more: Theatre Season
  • Film arts: Each February, Cambria hosts an international film festival showcasing independent films from around the world that focus on romance and the complexities of love, using our Center as its home base for screenings, talks and events. Additional screenings are sponsored throughout the year. To find out more: Film Arts
  • Youth arts: Throughout the year, including a special summer program, the Center sponsors classes that introduce young students to various art forms. Classes have included painting, drumming, scarecrow building, animation—and, best of all, they are always free. To find out more: Youth Arts
  • Learning: Our Academy program features a variety of learning opportunities for adults, from regularly scheduled group sessions on painting and drawing to one-time opportunities for instruction by some of the area’s most renowned artists in various media.  To find out more: Academy Program

 Plus we encourage the arts throughout the Cambria and Central Coast through our community support:

  • Annual scholarships to local high school students with an interest in visual art, theater, dance or film
  • Annual film grants to emerging filmmakers, generally given to college students or recent graduates
  • Community art projects for residents of any age to bring art into our daily lives

The Cambria Center for the Arts is truly the center for arts of all types for folks of all types.