Our mission is to create a collaborative environment where Southern California’s art and artists can prosper. The Escondido Arts Partnership (EAP) nurtures a community of artists with opportunities for ongoing arts education, peer and public interactions, exhibitions, and performance space. Further, the EAP’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in the Southern California region through offering diverse artistic, education, social and entertainment experiences.
The EAP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts agency established in December 1995. The Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery (EAPMG) provides a destination for visitors in downtown Escondido and is home to over 400 local artists. We offer free ongoing arts education, monthly exhibitions with free entry, and performance space. The venue is in a historically registered main street building close to public transportation and ADA compliant.
The Escondido Municipal Gallery is a free community space where all ages can learn about art and community issues through creative expression and hands-on activities. We focus on programs that engage the public in an environment where they can explore their artistic visions. Monthly themed exhibitions like Art & Science, Emerging Artists Student Exhibition, Cafe Cultura, Local Color, Veterans’ Arts, Fiber Arts, Recycled Art, “Wood: a Furniture Show”, challenge regional artists to create new work to be viewed. The EAP’s programs support an environment of creativity and communication, and in this way, we secure artistic excellence now and for our future.
We operate the California State Certified Escondido Farmers’ Market. This weekly event promotes the farms of our agricultural region as well as the local artisans and cottage industry purveyors. Engaging with our community at the market builds connections and creates hope for our town’s economy. We encourage supporting local agriculture, businesses and the arts to cultivate a healthy and sustainable future. When we all work together, we do our best work.
As we border with Mexico, and being a military town San Diego is one of the most racially diverse regions in the United States of America.
By our very nature as an art venue for local artists, our practices and principles actively encourage and value engagement by any race, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. We want to ensure we get enough artistic vision and input to amplify the voices, ideas, and solutions of people from the most vulnerable communities. In order to do this successfully, we recognize that diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice must be core values of our organization. Art events by regional artists can create a deliberate dialogue about public issues concerning inclusion.
Escondido Arts Partnership/Municipal Gallery
Board of Directors
- Woody Woodaman – Chair Person
- Brian Murphy- Vice Chair Person
- Carol Mansfield – Secretary
- Veronica Anderson-Cain
- Jan Bourgeois
- Harry Bliss
- Joan Irving
- Ruth Ketchum
- Robert Rose
- Juan Vargas
Chrisanne Moats – Executive Director
Katie Werner– Gallery Manager
Maru Marquez – Gallery Intern