Cathedral Arts

Mission Statement

The Cathedral Center for the Performing and Visual Arts is an integral part of the program and ministry of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Our activities are a means of outreach, not only to the Cathedral congregation, but to the diocese and the community-at-large. We seek to be aware of the community needs and concerns of the San Diego area, and desire to engage the community in conversation to meet these needs through art-based programs. We also value the significance of the arts in spiritual formation and the development of faith.


  • To reach out to all people of San Diego, including those who are marginalized and those who are outside religious communities, through arts programs both in the Cathedral and at off-site locations.
  • To provide a place, in consultation with the Cathedral staff, for the affirmation of the creative and the imaginative talents of performing and visual artists in the community.
  • To collaborate with other community arts and theater organizations.
  • To continue to develop a broad performing and visual arts program that affirms the Cathedral as a center for arts education.

Volunteer Arts Steering Committee

We invite all artists, arts support workers (management, curation, production, education), and arts supporters who would like to work in the development of the Cathedral arts to contact us.  The Committee meets once per month and project teams meet in addition.  The work of the projects is shared among committee members and temporary volunteers.  Please e-mail chair Ric Todd:

The Developing Calendar for 2016

The arts steering committee is currently reviewing proposals for this season.  Here is what is on the calendar so far.  

"The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later": Feb. 6, Re-visiting the original "Laramie Project" which, through more than 60 characters, tells the story of the aftermath of the 1998 hate crime murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming.

"Southwestern Spirit" - Exhibiting the works of painters Kirby Kendrick and Ken Gary. The month of April, In the Nave you will experience recent paintings of noted southwestern artist Kirby Kendrick and the explorations of Hopi spirituality by artist Ken Gary.  Both artists will discuss their works at the 9:00 am Forum, Sunday, April 3.

Icon Writing Workshop & Retreat: Mon.-Fri., June 20-24, a five-day retreat learning the prayerful practice of "painting," or, more correctly, "writing," a Byzantine style icon with icon master Teresa Harrison.  Besides creating an actual icon, you will learn the spiritual practice of allowing God to work in and through you. The course per-person fee is $435 and includes all supplies, five full days of instruction and lunch.  To RSVP please contact Julie McMinn at  Learn more at  Watch for our Sunday Forum on icons in May.

Watch this page for the full schedule coming soon.

Summary of Arts Events from 2015

"Pulling Back the Earth": March 5-7, Mark Turner's original play about two vastly different cultures coming face-to-face at the same hole in the ground.  As reader's theater, it featured a cast of six, original folk choir with aboriginal percussion and original artwork projected as backdrops.

Ballroom Dance Workshop: 4 Fridays in May, Taught by Dance Social San Diego

"Big Band Express": Saturday, June 6, evening, The 20-piece big band provided live jazz for dancing and concert. Students from the Dance Workshop tested their moves.

Icon Writing Workshop and Retreat: June 22 – 26 all day, Teresa Harrison returned to engage artists and contemplatives in the medieval traditions of writing icons.

Annual Quilt Show - "What Matters in Love and Nature?": June 6 - July 8, The exhibit in the Cathedral Nave explored historic, clergy vestments as well as quilts.

Photography Workshop – "Pause to See": Saturday, July 11, Photographers from amateur to semi-professional explored close-up and still life as a contemplative discipline for a day of instruction and practicum. Each photographer prepared a meaningful view of God's world for the Photo Exhibit in August. John McAteer, Ph.D was our guest lecturer.

"Pause to See" Photo Exhibit: For the month of August, the Cathedral Nave displayed the close-up and still life works of over 10 photographers using cameras ranging from cell phones to recent professional DSLR's.

Exhibit of Neil Shigley's Portraits of the Homeless: For the month of September the Cathedral Nave displayed Shigley's highly acclaimed, large format woodcuts of people living outside in our city. This exhibit was in support of the Temporary Shelter to be hosted at the Cathedral in October.

“See Me” Hear Me!”: October 8, 9 & 10, Actor-dancer Kathleen Thompson who, performed the acclaimed "The Belle of Amherst" in 2014, returned with her riveting one-woman show, based on a collection of true stories from victims and perpetrators of human trafficking.  Frank discussions of the issue were held after each performance, with a panel of expert representatives from anti-trafficking organizations after the Saturday matinee.