The Artists Village

Located in Downtown Santa Ana

Originally proposed in the mid 1980s, The Artists Village was intended to revitalize a portion of a declining downtown. With the conception of the California State University Fullerton Grand Central Arts Center in the mid 1990s and development of live/work lofts and restoration of the Santora Building in the early 2000s, the Artists Village came into being through the hard work of community activist Don Cribb, CSUF Gallery Director Mike McGee and the Santa Ana City Council.

Bordered by 1st and 4th Streets between Broadway and Main Street, with the 2nd Street Promenade at its center, the Artist Village is now home to restaurants, artist gallery and studio spaces, shops and art institutions including CSUF Grand Central Art Center and Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. Monthly Art Walks, on the first Saturday of each month, showcase diverse visual and performing artists and the best of what the area’s restaurants and shops have to offer.