Looking for cultural arts activities in Whittier, CA?

WHAT IT IS - Whittier...An Arts Destination is a website which identifies what is currently happening in the arts in the Whittier community.  It includes theatre, spoken word, visual art, music, festivals and museums.

WHY IT WAS CREATED - As residents of Whittier, we frequently found ourselves searching for information about what was happening in our town and discovering abandoned or outdated websites that were difficult to navigate or had no contact information on the site. 

Living in a community with wonderful cultural opportunities and no way to easily find them led us to create this website.  Whittier...An Arts Destination...one that we hope will help residents and visitors alike discover more easily the arts in Whittier.

HOW IT WORKS - To help you locate information rapidly, the website provides information in three ways.

Arts Descriptions - below  Major art categories are identified with headings, pictures and descriptions for many of the local organizations and businesses providing arts opportunities.  Selecting highlighted names moves you to their Facebook page or website.

Calendars - menu bar above

  • Composite calendar - a comprehensive calendar which lists arts events in the city by day
  • Event calendars - separate calendars organized by types of art and cultural experiences.
A DISCLAIMER - All events listed on this site are based on the best information available online or provided by event sponsors.  For additional information and to ensure the accuracy of date or events, we urge you to contact the business or organization directly.
 

Art Galleries

Whittier art Gallery by Wendy Deleon

Whittier art Gallery by Wendy Deleon

Whittier has several galleries which have monthly exhibits of Southern California artists.  The  Whittier Art Gallery features local artists and art organizations  Both local colleges house galleries, the Mendenhall Lobby Gallery and the Shannon Center Lobby Gallery on the Whittier College Campus and the Rio Hondo Art Gallery on the Rio Hondo College campus.  The City sponsors the City Hall Lobby Gallery, Parnell Park Gallery, and the Nixon Room at the Main Library with open calls for local artists to show their work.  In addition, as does The Framery and Fine Art Gallery. exhibits both local and international artists. Included on the calendars are other gallery type art events.

 

Museums

Whittier History Museum

Whittier History Museum

Whittier is home to 4 museums. The History Museum displays local historical scenes and exhibits.  Bailey House, the home of the City's founder that displays materials from the first home in Whittier.  The Institute for Baseball Studies is located on the campus of Whittier College, providing baseball art and scholarly research materials.  The Pio Pico Mansion, a museum, state park and the home of the last Mexican governor of Alta California. Check the calendars for these and other museum listings.

Theatres/Spoken Word

Ruth B. shannon center for performing arts

Ruth B. shannon center for performing arts

Whittier has multiple theatre venues.  The City of Whittier has Center Theatre with performances by the Whittier Community Theatre and the Family Theatre.  Whittier College is home of the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts and Rio Hondo College has the Wray Theatre with both professional and student performances.   Half Off Books hosts two open poetry mics monthly. Check the calendars for these and other theatre/spoken word listings.

 

 

 

 

Festivals/Celebrations

Pio Pico Days

Pio Pico Days

City-wide festivals and events are scheduled throughout the year.  Founders Day in May, Pio Pico Days in June, Antique Car Show in July, Artists Crawl in September, Dia De Los Muertos in October, and in December a week of caroling, buggy rides and tree lightings in Uptown/Old Town Whittier. These identified celebrations and others can be found on the calendar.

Music/Dance

Photo of Rio Hondo Symphony by Fred Zermeno

Photo of Rio Hondo Symphony by Fred Zermeno

There are a variety of musical and dance productions and venues.  Rio Hondo Symphony presents classical music 4 times a year.  The First United Methodist Church hosts the Pollyanne Baxter Memorial Concert Series 4 times a year.  Chorale Bel Canto has 4 concerts in Whittier or the San Gabriel area. Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts has musical presentations from Hawaiian to Pop.  The City of Whittier also presents Concerts in the Park in the summer months at Central and Parnell Parks. In addition Wing Fix hosts an acoustic open mic weekly. Check the calendars for these and other musical listings.

 

Art/Cultural Experiences

Lei making at Ruth B. Shannon center for performing arts

Lei making at Ruth B. Shannon center for performing arts

There are many ways to participate in the Whittier arts scene.  Opportunities might include helping to paint a public mural, taking photos for a city wide photography contest, designing a banner to hang on city streets, or trying out for a theatrical role in a community production. Many opportunities happen on a yearly schedule and others occur when an organization or individual sponsors a new event. Most are no charge or with a minimal fee. These types of experiences will appear directly on the calendar.