Athenauem Library history

Athenaeum Art Center


In 2016, the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library expanded its offering to a second location, the Athenaeum Art Center (AAC). Located in the community of Logan Heights, the Athenaeum Art Center resides within the Bread & Salt building, an old bread factory that has been converted into an experimental art space.


With over 5,000 square feet of newly renovated space, the Athenaeum Art Center has four exhibition spaces, an event space, a fully equipped print studio, a kiln, and art studio. From its inception, the AAC has made art accessibility a priority and in doing so, the Art Center offers a unique set of bilingual programming that includes the exhibition of national and international artists, music concerts showcasing the distinct sounds of our binational region, participation in community festivities, free afterschool art programs, art workshops, visual arts and music programming at local school sites, art classes through the Athenaeum School of the Arts and a variety of unique experiences in collaboration with local art and community organizations.


The Athenaeum Art Center gallery hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. and every second Saturday from 6–8 p.m., during the Barrio Art Crawl, a self-guided art tour throughout the neighborhood’s vibrant art scene. Please browse the Athenaeum’s calendar tab for information on upcoming events.


Athenaeum Music & Arts Library E B Scripps

1955 Julian Avenue

San Diego, CA 92113

(619) 269-1981



10 AM–4 PM Tuesday & Thursday



FROM INTERSTATE 5 SOUTH, take Cesar E. Chavez Parkway exit. Turn left onto National Avenue and then left again onto Cesar E. Chavez Parkway. Go under the bridge and the second street on the right is Julian Avenue. Bread & Salt will be on your right.


FROM INTERSTATES 15 & 805 NORTH OR SOUTH, take CA-94 W/Martin Luther King Jr Fwy. Take exit 1B to 25th Street. Turn left onto 25th Street and drive for half a mile. Turn right onto Cesar E. Chavez Parkway. Turn left onto Julian Avenue. Bread & Salt will be on your right.



There is a free parking lot in the alley off Dewey Street behind the Athenaeum Art Center between Julian Avenue and Kearney Avenue available for use by students. There is also ample free street parking on Julian Avenue that is untimed. A limited number of handicapped spots are available in front of the entrance to the Bread & Salt building. 




The Athenaeum School of the Arts PRINT STUDIO began with the generous donation of equipment by Dr. Edwin Petko of Los Angeles. Dr. Petko wanted to move his extensive collection of presses to institutions that would continue using them to teach printmaking and letterpress to future generations. His timing was perfect, as the Athenaeum had just secured space in the Bread & Salt building for the new downtown branch of the School of the Arts, with space specially designated for a print studio. The Athenaeum School of the Arts Print Studio offers classes in intaglio, linocut, woodcut, letterpress, and monoprinting, and book arts. In addition, Bay Park Press donated more type and equipment, and the PRINT STUDIO now has the capability to produce everything that is described below under Printing Techniques. CLICK HERE to see our calendar of current Print Studio classes.


Athenauem Music & Arts Library 100th Anniversary



The Athenaeum Music & Arts outreach program provides free educational opportunities on music, the visual arts and art practice to K–12 students throughout San Diego County. The following programs are currently available: Journey Through Music, Journey Through Art History, and Journey Through Art Practice. Each presentation adheres to the Visual and Performing Arts standards, intertwining music and the visual arts with math, geography, science, social studies, and history. In addition, we offer free teen programs in La Jolla and Logan Heights.



(13–18 years old) 



The PEEC is a free program especially designed to engage local teens and highlight the diversity of teaching artists throughout San Diego. From painting to printmaking, drawing, sculpture, and photography, participating teens will have the opportunity to explore a variety of media and teaching styles. Field trips, gallery visits, and special events will round out the experience. PEEC takes place on Tuesday from 3:30–5:00 p.m. at the Athenaeum Art Center in Logan Heights (1955 Julian Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113).


To register a teen or for additional information, please contact the Athenaeum Art Center’s Bilingual Director, Daniela Kelly; (619) 269-1981;