Headlands Center for the Arts

At The Edge

Headlands Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary, international arts center dedicated to supporting artists; the creative process; and the development of new, innovative ideas and artwork.

Where we are is as important as what we do. Our campus comprises a cluster of artist-rehabilitated military buildings, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge at historic Fort Barry in the Marin Headlands, a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Headlands’ artists programs support artists of all disciplines—from visual artists to performers, musicians, writers, and videographers—and provide opportunities for independent and collaborative creative work. Our impact is evident in the lives and careers of the artists who have participated in our programs, and the experiences of our visitors.

Several times a month we host public events such as open houses, exhibitions, conversations, community meals, walks, and workshops. Regardless of the format, events are designed to connect visitors to art in real time.

Headlands Center for the Arts is about people, their ideas, and the things they create. What we do is only possible thanks to the generosity of those who support us.

We can tell you more, but the best way to really understand is to visit.

Our Values

As we build towards a more just and inclusive future, the following values guide Headlands’ culture and make equity and access an ongoing, everyday expectation in our community. We cultivate these values in all our work and provide time, space, and resources to imagine new ways of living and being together. We commit to an ongoing practice of learning and unlearning, and prioritize an organizational culture that invites multiplicity, honors difference, and seeks solutions that advance diversity and accessibility.

  • Collaboration & Transparency
    We foster a creative ecosystem that promotes discourse and openness in order to support our varied communities in all aspects of their creative process.
  • Empathy 
    We center the humanity and lived experience of all peoplein particular those with historically marginalized perspectivesand act with compassion and commitment towards our goals of equity and inclusion.
  • Risk-taking & Growth 
    We believe our growth as an organization occurs at the edge of our comfort and we work from a place of continuous learning and possibility. 
  • Curiosity & Imagination 
    We embrace the role of creativity in the expression of human dignity and support, advocate, and champion opportunities for all to claim their right to imagine and develop new ideas and processes.