About the Partnership

What we do

The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership is a nonprofit organization through which 30 arts, science and cultural institutions in Balboa Park, San Diego, collaborate to achieve greater organizational efficiency, innovation and excellence. The Partnership’s member institutions vary in size and type and include museums, performing arts groups and theaters, cultural centers, gardens and the San Diego Zoo.

The Partnership was formed in 2003 to provide a means for members to identify and achieve collective goals and to speak with one voice on issues of mutual benefit and importance. The Board of Directors is comprised of executive directors of member institutions. Park staff, trustees, and volunteers participate in the development and implementation of Partnership programs — Sustainability Program, Learning Institute, Explorer, Publics Events, and One Park – One Team. 

Our mission is to enrich the cultural life in and beyond San Diego by facilitating collaboration among Balboa Park’s cultural institutions and with the community; to enable the cultural institutions to achieve their full individual and collective potential; and, to preserve, enhance and make the arts, science and cultural assets of Balboa Park accessible for present and future generations.

Our vision is for Balboa Park to serve as a national model for exceptional collaboration, innovative education, and transformative arts, science and cultural experiences.

Values that underlie the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership’s processes, outputs and culture include:

Partnership Goals

The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership seeks to achieve four key strategic outcomes in order to maximize the effectiveness of our collaboration, maintain our competitive edge, support innovative thinking and achieve our mission and vision:

1. Increase the economic and environmental sustainability of our members and Balboa Park.
2. Optimize the visitor experience and opportunity for lifelong learning in Balboa Park.
3. Strengthen the visibility, voice, and leadership of the Partnership.
4. Develop the Partnership’s organizational strength and capacity for success, and become an employer, service provider and investment of choice.