Patric Stillman was given a proclamation from the Mayor of San Diego for his outstanding community work.  July 7, 2018 was proclaimed “Patric Stillman Day” in the City of San Diego.  See proclamation.

Additional recognition came in 2019 from California’s Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins, Assemblymember Todd Gloria and Councilmember Chris Ward for community service in the arts with reopening of The Studio Door in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego.


Patric was raised by a father who was intensely engaged in his community by being involved in city, school, church and service organizations.  This instilled a strong personal commitment in Patric to do good works that benefit others.

During the AIDS crisis in San Francisco, Stillman became a Shanti volunteer offering practical and emotional support to people suffering from AIDS.  Later on, in San Francisco and San Diego, Stillman moved from a career in business to working in AIDS hospice and shelter.  As the Executive Director of Townspeople, he was responsible for overseeing the redevelopment of San Diego first affordable housing complex for people living with HIV and AIDS.

As an officer of the board of directors, Stillman helped to establish Media Arts Center San Diego.  The nonprofit was an outgrowth of the long running San Diego Latino Film Festival and focused on teaching youth and community members how to use social media for social justice and community activism.  He curated the Cine Gay showcase at the festival, which allowed LGBTQ community a presence within the festival, which provided dialogue and opportunities for the community.

He later joined Media Arts as a staff person to oversee the redevelopment of a building that was the blight of San Diego’s North Park community.  The facility now showcases a youth run store, 50 seat theater, three classrooms and offices for the Festival.  He also spearheaded the first year of a project called ‘Take Back Our Alley,” which has become an annual event to clean, beautify and make alleys safe in the neighborhood.

Also interested in computer video arts, Stillman took on a statewide program educating librarians and the public on how to create short first-person documentaries for social media.  With this three year program, he worked with Hoopa Valley Indians in North California, Immigrant farmer workers in Central California, Japanese-Americans who were impacted by WWII internment camps and more.  He also supported a spin off program for LGBTQ youth called Altered States, which produced a dozen stories of how religion played a role in their own coming out stories.

Before creating The Studio Door to foster artists engaging in creative commerce, he was a founding officer of The Film Consortium San Diego.  The Consortium is a social venture stimulating film and television production in the city to increase networking, employment, education, funding and distribution opportunities in film, television and new media.

With The Studio Door, he has contributed to the arts community as a teacher, a mentor, a collaborator, a benefactor and much more.

2014-Current Owner, The Studio Door
2017-Current Member Artist, Escondido Arts Partnership
2015-Current Member Artist, The San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild
2015-Current Member Artist, Oceanside Museum of Art Artist Alliance
2017-Current Member,Athenaeum Music and Arts Library
2015-Current Member, San Diego Museum of Art
2014-Current Member, San Diego Regional Arts Coalition
2014-Current Member, GSDBA
2015-Current Board Director, North Park Main Street
2012-14 Member Artist of San Diego Art Institute – North Park
2012-14 Chair, Board of Directors of Film Consortium Foundation,
2003-14 Entrepreneur for Artist Development and Arts Initiatives (formerly Oak Grove Oracle)
2013 Executive Director of Space 4 Art
1997-2013 Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Media Arts Center San Diego