Balboa Park Cultural Partnership


The Balboa Park Cultural District is a unique area densely packed with nonprofit arts, science, history and culture organizations, artists, historic buildings, and gardens. Experiences that connect people to these topics are intended to engage visitors with the highest expressions of human creativity and achievement, and inspire them to pass on a legacy of the past while stimulating new expressions of human striving.


The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership serves as the collaborative body and collective voice for 24 arts, science, and cultural institutions in Balboa Park. Together we achieve greater effectiveness, innovation, and excellence and contribute to the vitality and sustainability of Balboa Park. Our collective of 500 trustees, 7,000 volunteers, and 3,500 staff serve more than 6.2 million visitors annually.

Reason for joining GCDN

To learn from other Cultural Districts from throughout the world and share experiences associated with the rollout of the now completed Balboa Park Experience Plan.


Peter Comiskey

Executive Director

Kristen Martinez Mihalko

Deputy Executive Director


Created: 1915
Joined GCDN: 2024

District Size

1200 acres


San Diego, United States