San Pedro’s historic downtown atmosphere is a rarity in the nation’s second largest city. The town has been a thriving artist community since the 1940s, with studios in storefronts and warehouses alike. Many commercial buildings also house studios and work/live options for artists in the District. Vacant spaces remain open to new artists and organizations, providing ongoing opportunities to grow and evolve the local arts and culture scene.
Although the physical boundary of the Arts and Cultural District encompasses Downtown San Pedro, the local artist community extends far beyond the historic downtown core. Individual visual and performing artists’ studios are spread throughout the San Pedro neighborhoods. The Angels Gate Cultural Center, for example, offers studios in former army barracks for more than 50 artists of all disciplines. CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles is also a popular handmade market place for artisan creators of apparel, art, home decor, jewelry, gourmet items and much more.