Who we are

The Carlsbad Friends of the Arts is a nonprofit group dedicated to making the arts an integral part of the community experience by helping to bring the highest quality arts and arts education programs to our region.

Founded in 1987 and formerly known as the Carlsbad Arts Associates, we remain committed to our original mission: to promote and support the programs and activities of the City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office.

We invite you to join us and Be a Part of Art.

Who you are

You can help ensure these programs continue to make Carlsbad a vibrant center for the cultural arts!

First, join us. Membership is only $25 a year. Click here and fill out our membership form to begin to enjoy our members-only discounts and benefits.

Second, volunteer. You can be even more involved by contributing your time and talents. Choose from many fun and engaging volunteer activities. Click here to learn more.

What we do

The Carlsbad Friends of the Arts provides major support to the following programs:

TGIF Jazz in the Parks

A free summer concert series that highlights top-notch local, regional and national performers weekly in a beautiful park setting offering plenty of open space to dance and picnic, plus overall fun times!>

Art at Jazz

Hands on visual art activities for youths at the TGIF concerts.>


Hands-on visual art activities for youths at the TGIF concerts.>

Family Open Studio

Art-making programs offered in conjunction with Canon Art Gallery exhibitions.>

Opening Receptions

Exclusive member previews of new exhibitions at the Canon Art Gallery.>