Performances: The Foundation sponsors poetry readings, dance and movement and musical performances, theater and and gatherings, where the audience is invited not just to watch, but to engage with the performers, and or present their own work in response. 

Returning the Heart to the Arts...

An annual gallery show for  Artists in recovery like Ricardo Mendoza and Lynn Marcoe is just one of the many community offerings of the foundation. Here they admire each other's work, as do many gallery visitors.

Movie Nights: The Expressive Arts Foundation hosts film premieres and free showings by local and national film makers about areas of concern for our local and global communities. Past films include premieres of An Inconvenient Truth, addressing climate change,  Inequality for All Robert Reich's film about class inequality in America, MISS representation and a premiere of Bonus Time: A Dirty Canteen Film a film documenting the experience of veteran artists. All movie night events include a moderated audience discussion, intended to bring the issues raised into a personal and community context. 

Professional & Continuing Education and Lectures:

The foundation sponsors professional continuing education courses such as Healing Trauma Through the Arts, and public lectures on topics of interest within the field.

Public Forums: The Foundation, along with the Expressive Arts Institute houses discussions on issues of concern to the community. We have held panels on Censorship, the Life of Theater in San Diego, and the Artistic Response to Social and Political concerns.  

We believe that the arts should transcend spectacle and entertainment, to address the concerns and ambitions of our community through the aesthetics. Providing the public of San Diego with relevant, inspiring, and illuminating arts experiences is the heart of the Expressive Arts Foundation. Among the projects the foundation has funded in the past few years, the following are just a few:

Service to the Community of  San Diego, to  Expressive Arts Helping Professionals and Students

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The Martha Pace Swift Gallery: Located on the campus of the Expressive Arts Institute in the historic Liberty Station Arts District, the Swift offers free public art openings on the first Friday of each month. Of special interest is the annual "Recovering the Artist" show, a juried exhibition for artists within the San Diego community who are facing their life challenges through artmaking. 

Participatory Experiences: Through community art structures, we empower non-artists to express themselves and create their own artistic works. Drum circles, public movement and mural workshops, mail art projects, and group sings are some of the many ways