The San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition (SDRACC) is the voice of arts and culture supporters in San Diego. Founded in 1989 to advocate for stable funding by the City of San Diego, SDRACC has expanded to become the local partner of California Arts Advocates on state issues and Americans for the Arts on national issues. Arts and Culture organizations join SDRACC to add their voice to the chorus of support for government funding, sound policy, and an educated public to San Diego benefits from a strong creative sector.
Mayor Proposes Partial Restoration of Funding Cuts
Our Position – Restore All the Cuts
The San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition is pleased that the Mayor has heard the community’s message about how devastating the 31% cut to arts and culture funding would be. But reducing it to a 15% cut with a $12.8 million allocation is still going to result in lost jobs and program cuts.
We maintain that at least a flat $15.1 million budget would have less negative impact to the investment city-funded arts, culture and science groups have in the community. TOT revenue continues to grow; maintaining flat funding at $15.1 million still frees money for other General Fund uses.
Put in context of where we should be with the city’s promise of Penny for the Arts at $22 million of TOT funds, we still have a long way to go. We trust that Councilmembers will see the impact to their districts and support a flat $15.1 budget as they review the budget over the next two weeks, and that after budget season we can bring everyone together to find a long term solution to fully fund the promise of Penny for the Arts.