Liberty Station. Courtesy NTC Foundation
Liberty Station. Courtesy NTC Foundation

The NTC Foundation has begun a year-long celebration of the 10th anniversary of the growing Liberty Station Arts District in Pt. Loma.

The first building in the district, Dance Place, opened in December 2006 hosting a number of dance companies. Now the district boasts 140 galleries, museums, artists, nonprofits, boutiques, restaurants and cafes within 45 newly renovated buildings at what was once the Naval Training Center.

“If you add up all our arts district produced programming and the celebrations, art fairs and activities of our resident groups and venue users, there is always something new and exciting happening on our campus,” explained Alan Ziter, executive director of the foundation. “It used to be a ghost town around here and now it is bustling every day with activities, art-making, celebrations, and many more people coming from San Diego and out of town.”

John Malashock, artistic director of Malashock Dance, said the original Dance Place building has allowed dance to significantly expand its reach and visibility.

“We formed The Malashock Dance School when the building opened and we now serve over 400 students each year,” he said. “This unique space is a catalyst for creativity and an inspiring model for cooperation and collaboration in the field of dance.”

The foundation will begin a year of programing celebrating the growth from “an unprecedented opportunity” to a successful, thriving, and increasingly nationally and internationally-recognized destination.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.