Downtown San Pedro and its immediate surroundings are home to over 90 visual artists as well as restaurants, performing arts venues and art galleries. The district is anchored by the Warner Grand Theatre, a 1,500 seat historic art deco movie palace, Little Fish Theatre, which presents repertory theater in a converted garage, the Grand Annex (a project of the Grand Vision Foundation) and the Loft Studios, a three-story warehouse with a concentration of fine artists. The Arts District’s streets are lined with artists’ live work spaces and each month everyone collaborates on the First Thursday Art Walk. The San Pedro Waterfront Arts District knows that public art is a vital way to enliven the downtown core and is making plans to have artists paint more DOT Utility boxes, along with a wall mural. The goals of the new Arts District are to:
- to cultivate sustaining partnerships;
- evolve the accomplishments of the past;
- generate new opportunities to support local arts, culture and entertainment;
- and fulfill the mission to nurture the cultural roots of San Pedro through arts advocacy, education and promotion.
We have completed three rounds of beautifying San Pedro with artist-painted DOT utility boxes and the vinyl mural on the side of Wellington Signs. The DOT boxes were all created with the theme of Unexpected Pedro.