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. Individual memberships start at just $25 per 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 Concerts in the Parks

A free summer concert series that highlights top-notch local, regional and national performers weekly in a beautiful park setting. >


Designed to introduce Carlsbad youths to the experience of interacting with and learning from original works of art. >

Family Open Studio

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

Opening Receptions

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

Starring Artists

gain insight into what makes artists tick, how they choose their repertoire and what drives them to pursue their chosen field. >