Art Center

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Dan Faltz, Senior Community & Library Services Supervisor
Phone: (714) 374 - 1658
Email [email protected]

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 12-6pm
Thursday: 12-8pm
Saturday: 12-5pm
Sunday, Monday: Closed

Rental Information
parks-make-life-better_001Mission StatementThe Huntington Beach Art Center (HBAC) is a community arts and cultural center serving Huntington Beach and the Southern California region. The Center presents the works of artists producing in all media. Through exhibitions, performances, film/video screenings, lectures, and educational programming, the HBAC serves to advance public awareness and understanding of cultural, historic, and contemporary perspectives. The HBAC creates opportunities for local, regional and national artists and the community to share in a climate of experimentation, education, and experience.

Huntington Beach Art Center FoundationThe HBAC is a public/private partnership with the City of Huntington Beach and the Huntington Beach Art Center Foundation, a non-profit private corporation. The HBAC is operated through the City of Huntington Beach Community Services Department, Cultural Services Division. Founded in 1989, the Art Center Foundation was created to raise funds for the HBAC construction and program endowment. Through 2002, the Foundation produced the annual Summer Classic Equestrian event as their primary fundraiser. They continue to raise funds through events such as the Surf City Arts Fest. The Art Center Foundation has successfully generated over $2 million for the HBAC's renovation, programs, and operations.

Huntington Beach Art Center MembershipThe HBAC invites you to become a member. Membership levels range from $40.00 to $1,000.00 and offer an array of special privileges, including invitations to exhibitions and events, special discounts on classes, workshops and events, and a 10% discount in the HBAC Store. In turn, your membership will provide support for the HBAC's education and exhibition programs.

Friends/Family Membership $60.00
Student/Senior Membership $40.00
Supporter Membership $150.00
Sustaining Membership $300.00
Director's Circle Membership $1,000.00

Gallery ExhibitionsThe exhibition program features the work of contemporary artists working in all media. The HBAC has established a national reputation for presenting artists of national and international prominence as well as the works of emerging artists. The exhibition program begins the year with the annual, open call community exhibition of local and regional artists, Centered on the Center, which attracts nearly 300 artists for the salon style presentation.

Education ProgramThe HBAC offers a wide range of fine art classes for youth and adults taught by professional artists. In a multidisciplinary educational approach, classes include instruction in drawing, painting, watercolor, jewelry, and photography, Polynesian dance classes for youth and adults and specialized workshops. Information and registration is available at the HBAC and in the SANDS Community Services Guide at

Art at HBACThe popular Art at the HBAC art camp for children ages 6-12 years old offers a week-long experience exploring the visual and performing arts. Half-day sessions are available from June through August. Taught by professional artists, each week explores a different theme through a variety of media, giving your child the chance to explore a variety of artistic expressions.

VolunteersThe HBAC relies on the involvement of volunteers to assist with special events, education programs, front desk and mail operations. The Art Center Foundation is a group of volunteers whose purpose is to raise funds to support Art Center programs and exhibitions. The Foundation Board of Directors is seeking new members to assist in the planning and implementation of fundraising strategies.

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The Huntington Beach Art Center is located in the downtown section of Huntington Beach. The multi-purpose room and galleries are available for a variety of occasions; including social gatherings, meetings, and receptions.


  1. Building Curfew: Sunday - Thursday, 10:00 pm and Friday & Saturday 11:00 pm. Under no circumstances may a group stay past the designated curfew times. For larger groups, event must conclude and music must be terminated one hour prior to designated reservation ending time.
  2. Payment of all fees is required with the application. The facility must be cleaned and left in good condition in order to qualify for a full refund of the cleaning and/or security deposit. Failure to vacate the facility at the pre-designated time will result in an additional charge at double the appropriate rate. Everything must be accomplished prior to the closing time specified on your application. Please allow 4-6 weeks for refund(s).
  3. Any person or group causing property or equipment damage will be required to pay for same (based on current cost of repair or replacement).
  4. Groups requiring time for decorating or other preparation must include the time on the original application. Supplies may not be delivered prior to the beginning rental time on the approved application. Please only use painter’s tape (no staples or tacks) when applying decorations.
  5. Any rental with less than 14 days advance notice is contingent on staff availability and must be paid for in cash.
  6. Pursuant to Huntington Beach Municipal Code 9.20.015, display of nudity is prohibited for any permitted event, whether closed or open to the public.
Closed on Holidays

No reservations will be accepted for legal holidays observed by the City of Huntington Beach.
(714) 374-1650 538 Main St, Huntington Beach, CA92648