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Local Art and Culture Organizations

The City of Dana Point Recreation Division creates community through people and programs by providing recreational and cultural arts programs for all ages. Dana Point Recreation also works closely with local non-profit organizations in a collaborative effort to offer a wide variety of community events.

Age Well provides programs and resources for Orange County's older adults with the sole mission of promoting their vitality, purpose, and supporting their independence and health and well-being to age well.

The Boys and Girls Club of Capistrano Valley are a world-class afterschool non-profit, offering quality programs for academic success and healthy lifestyles while building good character and leadership skills in members.

The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce champions business prosperity, economic vitality and community engagement, promoting a high quality of life in and around destination Dana Point. The Chamber is dedicated to making the Dana Point community a great place to do business. They also produce the Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot, Car Show, and more.

Dana Point Sister Cities International Association is a non-profit, volunteer organization which endeavors to promote international communication, understanding, education, and friendship between the people of Dana Point and people of foreign cities through cultural and business exchanges, student and teacher exchanges, student scholarships, host families, fundraising, and more. 

Arts For All provides the work of professional artist with in-need youth and isolated individuals who do not have the opportunity or means to enroll themselves in a music program. Their mission is to make a positive and productive difference within the community.

Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group's mission is to provide support and outreach for the benefit of our Wounded, Families of our Fallen, and active duty Marines, Sailors and Families of the 5th Marine Regiment at Camp Pendleton and Wounded Warrior Battalion West.

Dana Point Fine Arts Association coordinates art shows throughout the year offering South County residents greater exposure to the fine arts, and to create a venue promoting many talented local artists within the community.

The Dana Point Surf Club's mission is to foster Dana Point surf ambassadors of tomorrow. A community-based movement, the Dana Point Surf Club has transcended the traditional confines of a surf club by embracing the past, present and future of Dana Point.

Assistance League of Capistrano Valley's mission is to engage and empower volunteers to strengthen our community.

Dana Point Arts Alliance's mission is to promote, support, and provide art opportunities in the community. They presented the Dana Point Art Fest on Del Prado Avenue since 2015, showcasing local artists and musicians. The first annual Plein Air Painting at the Maritime Festival was held in September 2022.

The Dana Point Historical Society advocates for historic buildings that contribute to the eclectic visual character of the community and serves as reminders of Dana Point's rich and colorful past for the enrichment of current and future generations. Dana Point's historic buildings give a sense of continuity and security to the citizens of Dana Point.

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The Dana Point Symphony is now the Sea Coast Symphony. Their mission is to provide world-class classical music to Dana Point and the surrounding community and make it accessible to everyone. In addition to presenting high caliber music, the Dana Point Symphony features one visual artist exhibition at the meet-the-artist receptions. Each concert experience is artistically crafted to the desires of the audience.

The Dana Point Women's Club has been an integral part of the Dana Point community since 1951. Its philanthropic programs benefit South Orange County women, children and families while addressing poverty, preventing homelessness and promoting literacy and education. DPWC's Community House serves as a venue for meetings and events with proceeds supporting its charitable programs. Special rates are available for non-profit organizations.

FAM's mission is to assist people in need with food, shelter, and personalized coaching on their journey to independence.

Dana Point Youth Baseball is a PONY affiliated league that serves all of South Orange County.

The Festival of Whales is an annual seaside event to celebrate the annual return of the California gray whales as they grace Dana Point's coast during their awe-inspiring migration. This festival features ocean-themed events and activities with an emphasis on education and environmental responsibility. 

Friends of the Dana Point Headlands is dedicated to preserving the quality of the environment at the Dana Point Headlands Conservation Area. Their primary objective is to "inspire and enhance the conservation of the Headlands and to further educate the public to its importance."


Rotary International's purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and advance goodwill and peace around the world.

Soroptimist International of Capistrano Bay is a part of an international nonprofit organization for women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.

Surf & Turf Therapy is a therapeutic non-profit organization founded in November 2018 that treats clients through equestrian activities and surfing. Their equestrian therapy is conducted in San Juan Capistrano and their surfing therapy is in Dana Point.

Gallery Dana Bay represents a collection of over 40 local, national, and international artists. The Elephant Parade is an international social enterprise showcasing the world's largest art exhibition of hand-painted elephant statues.

The Ocean Institute was founded as the Orange County Marine Institute in 1977 and offers ocean science and maritime history education and programs from K-12 students and their teachers. Their mission is to use the ocean as their classes and inspire children to learn.

South Coast Singers is dedicated to perpetuating the appreciation of choral music by providing education, enjoyment and cultural enrichment to the community while fostering the musicianship of its members in an environment that is enthusiastic, encouraging, and professional.

The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches, for all people, through a powerful activist network.

The Doheny State Beach Foundation is a non-profit cooperating association of Doheny State Beach dedicated to the protection of the park's beaches, facilities, marine refuge, and historical and cultural stores.

Fish for Life! is a non-profit organization with the mission to enhance the lives of special needs individuals by providing a complimentary fishing trip on the sea for them to enjoy. This program is designed to provide love and inspiration to a multitude of special needs people, while teaching fishing skills and creating memorable experiences. 

The Lantern Village Association is an advocate for the needs of the Lantern Village community and neighborhoods.

The Pet Project Foundation provides financial and volunteer support to the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life of all companion animals in a pro-humane manner through compassion, responsibility, education, and service. 

Stand Up To Trash's mission is to protect and conserve our ocean by raising awareness of the negative effects caused by plastic pollution through environmental education for future generations.

The Silence is Broken offers artists and producers a unique opportunity to present their work and become thought leaders on the resultant collision between the arts, philanthropy, and technology.

United Way's SparkPoint OC program helps to improve family financial stability through financial education and one-on-one financial coaching by providing residents the tools they need to thrive and break the cycle of poverty.

Dana Point VFW Post and Auxiliary 9934's mission is to provide support for Veterans, Active Duty Miliary, and their families.

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