About the Center

Cambria Center for the Arts

BRIEF HISTORY

The Center’s origin can be traced back to 1947 when various local artists (visual, literary, performance) joined together to form the Allied Arts Association. Its early home was in the Old Schoolhouse which it used primarily as its art gallery. In 2006 the theatre wing of the Association was able to produce shows in the gym/auditorium space in the Old Grammar School. Shortly after that, a facility use agreement with the Coast Unified School District was negotiated in which the Association was able to utilize the halls of the building as its gallery space, create the present theatre, and use certain rooms for meetings, workshops and classes. These facilities and activities are now collectively known as the Cambria Center for the Arts and is administered by the Allied Arts Association.

MISSION

The mission of the Cambria Center for the Arts, a not-for-profit organization, is to provide a vibrant community center in the heart of Cambria for all artistic endeavors, including visual art, performing art, creative writing, educational opportunities, and community outreach. Our center will…

  • Showcase local and globally renown artists
  • Produce quality theatrical productions
  • Sponsor lectures and concerts
  • Offer classes and scholarships

SUPPORT and CONTRIBUTIONS

The Cambria Center for the Arts is a 501(c)3 California public benefit corporation that supports the arts in our community. Donations of all levels are welcome. They may be used as needed or as directed by the donor for certain purposes. (gallery or theatre improvements, scholarships, etc.) CCA’s federal tax ID number is 23-7150582.

Board of Directors

President Randy Schwalbe
Vice President Randall Lyon
Treasurer Randy Schwalbe (temporary)
Secretary Susan Foreman
Gallery Co-Director Kerry Drager
Gallery Co-Director Jack Della Bitta
Theatre Director Nancy Green
Membership Stephen Beck
Past President Steve Kellogg
Directors at Large:
Carolyn Pye
Ruth Fleming 927-4418
Renee Rubin

Appointed Chairpersons:
Art Talk Carolyn Pye
927 Show Tish Rogers
Scholarship Randall Lyon
Webmaster Steve Kellogg
Newsletter Editor Janet Rooney
Art & Wine Festival Patrick Dennis
Facility Use Coordinator Steve Kellogg
Gallery Docent Coordinator Kerry Drager

Membership

The Cambria Allied Art Association is Non-Profit Organization and is open to all interested persons. Our members include artists, patrons and those who have an interest in the fine arts. Although the majority of our members live in Cambria, it is not a requirement of membership. Our mission is to foster, encourage and promote the arts in Cambria. We do this by providing scholarships, creating competitions and exposing the public to various forms of visual and performing arts.

Member Benefits Include:

  • Reduced Gallery display entry fees – Gallery Entry Form (pdf)
  • Reduced canvas purchase price for 8″x8″ & 12″x12″ Exhibit
  • Discounts on special events entry fees
  • Discounts on most of workshop fees
  • Discounts on tickets to major productions in the Theatre
  • Free admission to Art Talk
  • Link your website and Inclusion of artists’ brief Bio on our ARTISTS page
  • Custom Artist Page for member without website – one-time $25 donation to Allied Arts Association/CCA
  • Announce your shows, workshop, and other activities on the Cambria Center for the Arts website – Go to Announcements
  • Place your article on monthly newsletter
  • Option to receive monthly newsletter in the mail or/and read newsletters online
  • Become a Featured Artist – Featured Artist application (pdf)
  • Opportunity to volunteer for committees, local art events, and association activites