The Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego presents experimental art and learning with a mission to question everything.


A highly dynamic platform and a living laboratory of art and ideas, the ICA aspires to surprise, excite, and challenge every assumption. The ICA is everywhere and for everyone—a space for the public to gather, question, learn, and shape the future.

Core Values

Be Relevant.

Programs are committed to concepts that are facing our world today. Our exhibitions, programs, and activities reflect the issues of the moment. We provide a space for the community to come together and consider the world.

Build Community.

At the ICA, we build community by bringing people together through art and ideas. We believe art is a human need and sharing in that experience promotes collective engagement.

Provide Nurturing Opportunities for Artists.

Art is at the center of everything we do. We are dedicated to providing a platform for new artists from our region and beyond. By bringing them into an ecosystem of support and appreciation, we seek to enrich and cultivate their practices and careers.

Present Contemporary Art.

We believe in the power of experimental art to provoke questions and ignite curiosity.