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UPDATES from the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

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The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library and the Athenaeum Art Center will remain closed to the public until further notice. As new recommendations become available, we will post updates on our website and social media and hope to be able to reopen soon.


29th Annual Juried Exhibition > ONLINE:​

Online Exhibition Dates: July 18–August 29, 2020

Entry Fee: Submission is FREE


Submission Deadline: Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 11:59 PM PST (online only)


CLICK HERE for more info.


The Athenaeum's 29th Annual Juried Exhibition will be held online this year. One of the most prestigious juried shows in the San Diego/Tijuana region, selected artists will have their work exhibited in our online gallery and receive excellent exposure. The call for entries will open Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Deadline to submit is Wednesday, July 1, 2020. There is no submission fee this year.


Artists will be notified of jurying results via email after July 8, 2020. Please, no calls. CLICK HERE for more info.


PEEC Youth Arts Classes

PEEC Youth Arts, the Athenaeum’s free program for teens offers a rotation of multidisciplinary art instructors and curricular activities involving the use of the Athenaeum library resources as a starting point for projects.


The Friday, May 15, 22 & 29 classes will be held on Zoom.


Please email Lidia Rossner at to get the login for the Zoom meeting.


School of the Arts:

We now offer online art classes via zoom video conferencing. Some of the online classes have already started, and we are pleased to share that all have been very successful. We want to thank our faculty who adapted very quickly to accommodate this shift to online learning and continue to provide enriching experiences and community building. Please check the updated schedule here:



We have cancelled or postponed all MAY events. We are working on the new schedule and will keep you informed. Ticketed reservations will automatically be transferred to the new dates, and ticket holders will be contacted with additional information. All ticketholders will be contacted via email or a telephone call with additional information.


Library materials: 

Library materials that are due can be returned after we reopen without a fine.


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Most staff continue to work from home. It is best to reach us via email; however, phone messages will also be checked daily. We will post updates on our website,, and will continue to send updates via email and eblasts. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you very much for your understanding and support.


All scheduled events for May and June have been affected. For future events, please keep checking our website for updates.  


  • 5/4: Mini-concert: Athenaeum—cancelled

  • 5/5: Jacquelyne Silver: Music Lecture (5-part series: 5/5, 12, 19, 26, 6/2)—postponed to January 2021, new dates TBA

  • 5/8: Exhibition opening: San Diego Art Prize; SDSU—postponed, new dates TBA 

  • 5/11: Mini-concert: Lyceum—cancelled

  • 5/14: San Diego New Music Concert—cancelled

  • 5/15: Fusion: Classical Meets Jazz—postponed, new dates TBA

  • 5/18: Mini-concert: Athenaeum—cancelled

  • 5/18: Chamber concert: Andrew Rosenblum & Maria Sumareva, Piano—postponed to November 23, 2020.

  • 5/21: Jazz at TSRI: Erskine/Pasqua/Oles—postponed to November 17, 2020

  • 5/27: Murals of La Jolla walking tour—cancelled

  • 6/2: Jazz at TSRI: Charles Lloyd and Gerald Clayton—cancelled

  • 6/16: Bruno Leone—postponed to November 11, 2020





The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, located in the heart of La Jolla, in San Diego County, is one of only 16 nonprofit membership libraries in the United States. Founded in 1899, the Athenaeum provides library resources in music and the arts and presents over 200 programs and cultural events annually. This rare cultural institution offers a depth and accessibility of resources and programs found nowhere else in the region. The library, devoted exclusively to music and art, has an outstanding and ever-expanding collection of books, periodicals, reference material, compact discs, DVDs, sheet music, and librettos, as well as one of the most significant collections of artists' books in Southern California. The Athenaeum also presents an eclectic, year-round schedule of art exhibitions, concerts (classical, jazz, acoustics, and new music), lectures, studio art classes through its School of the Arts, tours, and special events.


Erika and Fred Torri Artists' Book Collection
Erika and Fred Torri Artists' Book Collection
Erika and Fred Torri Artists' Book Collection







Join or renew your membership to the Athenaeum today! Support one of the oldest cultural institutions in San Diego and La Jolla's first library, and gain access to thousands of music and art library materials and discounts on over 200 concerts, lectures, and art classes.


Becoming a member is the best way to enjoy everything that the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library—San Diego's only membership library—has to offer. For only $40 a year for an individual membership (and $50 for a family membership), the benefits are many. 



There are few libraries in America as unusual as the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library."

San Diego Union-Tribune



Erika and Fred Torri Artists' Book Collection