Headlands Center for the Arts (HCA) is a laboratory for creativity where artists are given time and space to experiment, collaborate and develop new work in a breathtaking natural setting. HCA offers extended, live-in residencies to as many as 30 artists from throughout the U.S. and the world each year and rented studio space for Bay Area artists, providing opportunities for thought and interaction among a diverse community of artists and thinkers working in an array of disciplines. Through residencies and public programs, HCA seeks to explore and interpret the relationship between place and the creative process, and to extend appreciation for the role of artists in society. Headlands Center for the Arts is a lively community of working artists and creative thinkers, actively engaged in learning and exchange across cultures and professional disciplines. Through our Artist-in-Residence program, Affiliate Artist studio rental program, and interdisciplinary public programs, HCA encourages dialogues between artists and professionals outside the arts — architects and educators, environmentalists and new media visionaries, urban planners and community activists.
Former use : former military buildings
Total surface of the site : 10 buildings over a 1/4 mile area, 72,000 square feet
Location : set within a 15,000 sq. acre national park along the Pacific Coast, 15 minutes north of San Francisco in Marin County.
Foundation year of the centre : Organization 1982 Type of occupation: 20- year renewable lease
Owner of the building: Federal government (Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA)
Infrastructures / Facilities
Art gallery/exhibition places
Artist residencies spaces
Social and artistic disciplines
Artists-In-Residence come to Headlands Center for the Arts to explore a wide range of disciplines, including:
Other structures/organisations or companies settled on the site:
Within the park where we are situated, there are several other not-for-profit agencies that occupy buildings similar to ours, and hold their own leases with the GGNRA. There are no other organizations or companies settled within the buildings under our lease.
government agencies, foundations, corporate sponsors, membership, individual donations, earned income from public programming
Member of the Alliance of Artists’ Communities