The City of Torrance is home to many professional performing and visual arts organizations including theater companies, galleries, museums, conservatories, music schools, and membership support organizations. Please see the following list and check out what Torrance has to offer!
If you'd like to be included on our list, please send your contact information to Eve Rappoport, Cultural Services Manager, ERappoport@TorranceCA.gov
TORRANCE CULTURAL SERVICES DIVISION
The Cultural Services Division includes the Torrance Art Museum, Torrance Theatre Company, Torrance Civic Chorale and hundreds of classes offered in all the arts at the Cultural Arts Center, and some Special Events like Artful Days, Polynesian Dance Revue, RKDC Kids Show, and the Cherry Blossom Tree Festival. The Division also supports work of the Cultural Arts Commission. The mission of the division is to strengthen the City of Torrance as a unique center for cultural programs, the arts and arts education through developing the Torrance Cultural Arts Center as a unified campus for learning and excellence; providing classes, programs, and events that enrich the community through arts training and instruction for all levels of learning; creating new arts experiences and attracting new audiences; serving the unique needs of artists, connecting their work to the public and developing unique artistic resources of and for this community.
The Aerospace Players (Aerospace Employees Association Musical Comedy Club) was formed in 1988, with the intent of providing a forum for Aerospace Corporation and Los Angeles Air Force Base employees, their friends, and their families to participate in the "lively arts." As the Air Force Base and Aerospace have a combined population in excess of 10,000 people, there is quite a bit of theatrical, musical, dance and production talent available. As friends and family of Air Force and Aerospace personnel are also welcome to participate, the talent pool can be quite substantial.
APC FINE ARTS AND GRAPHICS GALLERY
APC first opened in Torrance, CA in 1926 as “Automatic Printing Company”. A lot has changed since then. Today, APC Fine Arts & Graphics specializes in a variety of print, design, and web services for artists.
The studio is comprised of talented artists, designers, and print makers that understand the digital environment. The graphics team creates and enhances the logos and illustrations needed for all manner of printed materials while their fine art print station churns out museum-quality prints of artwork, photographs, and digital art. They also provide web design and marketing services for artists interested in showcasing their work online.
The gallery first opened in 1998, exhibiting the work of founder and curator, Ron Libbrecht. Gallery exhibits have since grown to include various other artists, bringing a greater variety of art to the local community. Late California painters Milford Zornes and Henry Fukuhara both have spaces in the gallery dedicated in their memory.
ARTS COUNCIL OF TORRANCE
The Arts Council of Torrance, created in 1985 when a need was recognized for an independent group of citizens to advocate for and promote the arts in the Torrance community.
ACT became a non-profit corporation in 1997 in order to fund the Arts Recognition Awards program for high school seniors. The Arts Council has the distinction of honoring students for their achievements in eleven categories: Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Dance, Rama, Literary Arts, Video Art, Photography, Ceramics/Sculpture and Visual Arts.
CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF FINE ART
The California Museum of Fine Art aspires to create a new paradigm marrying qualities of an art museum with those of a fine gallery. The focus is on introducing works from world-class artists who will display and sell their art as well as conduct workshops, lectures and hands-on demonstrations of their unique styles and techniques. Supporting art education and establishing an international cultural exchange program are also key components of their mission. The museum aspires to be a venue where true fine artists can display their works in an uplifting setting, communicate their diverse visions and enhance art education on all levels.
CAL STATE DOMINGUEZ HILLS ART GALLERY
The University Art Gallery at Cal State Dominguez Hills is one of the major exhibition spaces in the South Bay area; it is a valuable resource for the Art and Design Department, the University, and the Los Angeles artistic community. Annually the gallery presents ten exhibitions, including a series of student showcases in Design and Studio Art, that explore different artistic styles, cultures, historical periods, social movements, and media.
The gallery schedule culminates in the two senior student art exhibitions in Design and Studio Art. It is an integral educational tool, providing tours to classes, community groups and school groups, and further it gives an opportunity for faculty, students and interns to participate in curating gallery exhibitions, designing installations and learning arts management. With over 2,000 square feet in exhibition space and 18’ high ceilings, this exciting space is easily accessible and therefore a perfect venue for forums, student art critique classes, discussions with artists, and guest lecture events.
CHEN ART GALLERY
The Chen Art Gallery is a private, non-profit art gallery showcasing the personal art collection of Dr. Tei Fu Chen, founder and chairman of Sunrider International. A world renowned herbalist and pharmacist, Dr. Chen devoted much of his passion over the past 25 years into amassing one of the most important private collections of Chinese art in the United States. Located inside the headquarters of Sunrider International in Torrance, California, the Chen Art Gallery is free and open to the public by appointment.
The Mission of Destination: Art is to elevate the presence of local artists and their contributions to the immediate community and greater South Bay by providing creative and collaborative exhibition and studio spaces; connecting and engaging with the community to promote fine art and to provide public education in visual arts; and, through advocacy efforts, bringing about more awareness and engagement of art as essential to the flourishing of the human spirit.
EL CAMINO COLLEGE ART GALLERY
El Camino College Art Gallery is dedicated to presenting innovative exhibitions and programs that reflect the breadth and diversity of the contemporary art world. As a vital component of the academic and cultural life of El Camino College and the surrounding community of the South Bay area, El Camino College Art Gallery strives to engage widely varied audiences, to create a sense of community, and provide a place for both contemplation and stimulation, thereby encouraging discussion of art and the issues that move and shape us as individuals.
LOS CANCINEROS MASTER CHORALE
Los Cancineros Master Chorale is a mixed chorus that performs in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County. Its repertoire ranges from classical to modern. The Chorale gives four performances a year - Just Desserts, Christmas, Sacred (usually at the end of March), and Spring (usually in June) at the Armstrong Theater in Torrance California.
METROPOLITAN EDUCATION THEATRE NETWORK (MET2)
Metropolitan Educational Theatre Network is a non-profit educational organization committed to providing young people with the unique opportunity to be active participants in the dramatic process as actors, singers, and dancers. The group presents large productions in the James Armstrong Theater in Torrance.
PASTEL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
- To bring together pastel artists in the Southern California region for camaraderie and collaboration.
- To educate the public and promote pastel as a fine art medium through local shows and exhibitions.
- To foster artistic excellence through public demonstrations, workshops, paint-outs, critiques, and exchange of technical and product information.
- To be a member society of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS).
Pauls Photo, a family owned and operated store, has been serving the community for over 50 years! They offer three main services:
Our camera store offers the best in camera gear and expert knowledge from our sales team, all of whom have a passion for photography and experience in the field. We offer repairs, rentals, and expert advice and consultation. Come say hello and see why we've been voted the Best Camera Store from 1999 - 2015 in both the Daily Breeze and Easy Reader!
Our printing lab is among the best in the South Bay and we offer dozens of photo printing services: photo prints on glossy papers, canvas, metal, mugs or other accessories; we make calendars, photo books, canvas wraps, and greeting cards; we can restore faded or aging photos and get you ready for your next trip with a new passport photo; we can print banners, flyers, announcements - anything you can think of, we can make happen!
The Creative Photo Academy is adjacent to Paul's Photo and offers classes for all skill and interest levels. We have two classrooms, one of which also operates as a photo gallery showcasing students work. We have beginning classes, intermediate and advanced classes, night photo walks, photo shoots and bus tours, hands-on workshops with world-famous photographers, photo-editing workshops, and more! Click on the "Classes & Adventures" tab above for more information.
REGINA KLENJOSKI DANCE COMPANY (RKDC)
Established in 1999, the Regina Klenjoski Dance Company is a contemporary dance company based in Long Beach, CA delivering provacative dance theater and award winning education programs. “Regina Klenjoski (is one) of the most active and ambitious dance makers leading Southland contemporary companies”-Lewis Segal, Los Angeles Times. “A dynamic, graceful and indefatigable presence”- Victoria Looseleaf, Los Angeles Times.
The company has been teaching at Torrance's Cultural Arts Center since 1999, offering classes to youth and adults, such as Creative Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, Ballet and Modern Dance. The company's mission is to promote the understanding of and to create a passion for the art of contemporary dance, making it accessible to both seasoned and new audiences. Through the vision of Artistic Director Regina Klenjoski, the company creates original dance works that feature collaborations with cutting-edge composers and theatrical artists. RKDC is dedicated to bridging the gap between artist and community by engaging the public into dance and dialogue through classes, workshops and performances. RKDC promotes the value of modern dance in the community of arts education.
RKDC’s artistic versatility extends itself into the realm of arts education and community service. Having long been the South Bay leader in the dance arts, the company has received numerous grants and awards for their work in the fields of dance performance and dance education. In 1999, RKDC was awarded an ongoing partnership with the City of Torrance, Cultural Services Division. There, the company has developed a residency program for the local community offering over 35 dance classes a week, performing at the James Armstrong Theatre and from 2001-2008, produced the SOLA Contemporary Dance Festival, a showcase for emerging local choreographers. In 2001 RKDC incorporated as a 501(c) 3, allowing the company to expand their efforts in bringing quality performances and educational opportunities to a wide-ranging and diverse audience.
SOUTH BAY BALLET
The mission of the South Bay Ballet is to be Southern California's leading pre-professional ballet company providing the finest in training to youth as well as performances that inspire and enrich the community. They provide a curriculum that has its foundation in traditional classical techniques enhanced by thirty years of experience incorporating cutting edge anatomical and kinesthetic principles.
SOUTH BAY CHILDREN'S CHOIR
The South Bay Children's Choir (SBCC) is a well-trained ensemble of 120 young singers, ages 6-17. The ensemble is known for their beautiful tone, expressive singing, and inspiring performances. Artistic director Diane Simons and the late Dr. Jane Hardester co-founded the organization in 1996 to provide outstanding music education, pursuing excellence in choral art within a nurturing environment. Ensembles are led by Diane Simons, Julie Corallo, Ellen Steinmetz, Mary Herzbrun, Zoe Petersen and Maza Zimmerman. SBCC is fortunate to have its own composer-in-residence, Mr. B. Wayne Bisbee, whose works are premiered in its concerts.
SOUTH BAY CONSERVATORY
The South Bay Conservatory is a non-profit 501(c)(3) performing arts school specializing in youth musical theatre. They have educated students from the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Torrance, and surrounding communities for over 50 years. Additionally they are also an authorized vendor for Sky Mountain Charter School.
SOUTH BAY WATERCOLOR SOCIETY
The South Bay Watercolor Society (SBWS) seeks to promote art in the South Bay, educate artists and to stimulate the exploration of contemporary water-media techniques used in experimental and expressive styles.
Starlight proudly provides productions as well as a variety of classes and workshops for ages 5-18. Starlight Productions also offers summer fun camp through the City of Torrance Cultural Services Division. They encourage and enhance creativity, develop self-confidence, and explore the elements of drama in a fun and welcoming environment.
TORRANCE ARTISTS GUILD
The Torrance Artists Guild (TAG) is a nonprofit fine arts organization which recognizes all mediums of paintings, etchings, and photography. It was formed to cultivate the making of art and to promote art awareness in the South Bay communities of Los Angeles County. TAG is part of the South Bay Focus exhibition each November in partnership with the South Bay Watercolor Society (SBWS) and the Torrance Art Museum (TAM).
TORRANCE ART MUSEUM
The Museum encourages all people to develop and increase their understanding and appreciation for modern and contemporary artwork via a variety of exhibitions offered in its two gallery spaces and video room, as well as educational programs, artist talks, lectures, and symposia.
Through its emphasis on contemporary artistic expression in Southern California and globally, the Torrance Art Museum brings together visual artists and community members; fosters personal and civic well being by inspiring understanding and appreciation of the visual arts; promotes meaningful experiences in the arts to strengthen creative and critical thinking skills; and builds bridges between the visual arts and other disciplines in the humanities and sciences.
TORRANCE ART MUSEUM ADVOCATES (TAMA)
The Torrance Art Museum Advocates (TAMA) is a non-profit, community-based volunteer organization whose goal is furthering the availability, understanding and appreciation of art through its specific support of and advocacy for the Torrance Art Museum.
TORRANCE CIVIC CHORALE
The Torrance Civic Chorale has provided the South Bay with exceptional choral music, instruction and live performances since 1961. Concerts with live accompaniment are performed in the James A. Armstrong Theater twice per year. With 80+ singers, the auditioned Chorale is under the sponsorship of the Cultural Services Division of the Community Services Department.
TORRANCE CRAFTSMEN'S GUILD
Over 40 years ago, a small group of artisans came together through their joy and enthusiasm for the creation of handmade crafts. As interest and membership grew, they formed the Torrance Craftsmen's Guild as a non-profit organization chartered by the City of Torrance iand sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation (now the Community Services Department.) Many Guild members sell their handcrafted items to the public at two annual events in the Fall and Spring, in addition to participating in the City of Torrance annual Cherry Blossom Festival, also in spring. The original purpose of the Guild was, and still is today, to promote the interest of arts and crafts in the local community. It has expanded to reward individuals for their endeavors in the world of arts and crafts by providing scholarships to high school senior students within the Torrance Unified School District. Their events raise the funds needed to support the scholarships.
TORRANCE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION (TOCA)
In partnership with the City of Torrance, the mission of Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation (TOCA) is to enrich the community through the performing arts by providing diverse cultural, educational and entertainment experiences of the highest quality.
The shared vision of the Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation is to enrich the lives of all those within the City of Torrance and surrounding communities through the performing arts. By presenting relevant, accessible and quality performances of all genres, it is believed that through these efforts it is possible to bridge cultural divides, help the young, build economic development and begin conversations relevant to the human condition.
Torrance Performing Arts Consortium (TPAC)
The Torrance Performing Arts Consortium, also known as TPAC, is about community performing arts groups working together as a group to promote and assist one another in the performing arts locations.
TPAC has a Board of Directors, an Advisory Board and consultants. All serve different purposes within the coalition to provide support for the performing artists.
TORRANCE THEATRE COMPANY
Torrance Theatre Company is committed to providing affordable, professional-quality theatre productions and related outreach and educational services to Torrance and the South Bay Area, and to creating a positive and welcoming environment where a varied group of local theatre artists can come and hone their craft while sharing their talents with the greater community. Torrance Theatre Company believes that the community becomes stronger through the shared experience of theatre, and through a diverse season covering drama, comedy, and musicals, both classics and contemporary, the community will be inspired, educated and entertained.
Torrance Theatre Company is a program of the Cultural Service Division of the Torrance Community Services Department. Sponsored in part by Friends of Torrance Theatre Company, a recognized 501(c)3 organization. TTC produces a 5-play season annually at 1316 Cabrillo in Old Torrance and an annual summer musical at the James Armstrong Theater.