In the late 1970s, four local artists with a need for space to create and exhibit established the dA Gallery in the shell of a building located in the once vibrant and thriving downtown of Pomona, CA. With no money, 6000 square feet, and a passion to share the love of art, these visionaries sparked and contributed to the revitalization of a very significant historic community. Once established in their studio space, the dA Gallery artists and operations evolved and became a leading hub for emerging artists. The dA provided much needed exhibition and studio space, as well as leadership for a creative and growing community of artists. These efforts began to breath life back into a divided community.
In 1984, the dA leaders addressed the undeniable need and importance of providing a cultural center for artists as well as the residents and changed the dA Gallery to the dA Center for the Arts to better reflect the expanded offerings of the organization’s operations.
In 1988 the dA Center for the Arts incorporated and in 1989 received its non-profit status. A Board of Directorscomprised of artists was established. The dA Board continued to prioritize the need for the dA to serve as a community galvanizer by administering art programs to students in the school district as well as college graduates from the neighboring universities.
In 1996 the dA operations moved to their current facility, which is a three story storefront space with 12,000 square feet that offers exhibition/multi use space, studio/classroom space, a store featuring local artisan’s work, a kitchen space with a micro wave and refrigerator and offices.