City of San Diego Arts and Culture Funding
Good news! Thanks to everyone’s advocacy efforts, a significant majority of City Councilmembers included increased funding in their Budget Priority Memos to the City’s Independent Budget Analyst.
Here’s the language from the IBA Report:
Arts and Culture Funding (Council Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9)
A majority of Councilmembers prioritized an increase in arts and culture funding for FY 2019 over the amount included in the Mayor’s Outlook. The FY 2018 Proposed Budget reduced arts and culture funding from $15.1 million in FY 2017 to $10.4 million—a $4.7 million or 31.3% decrease.
When the City Council adopted the FY 2018 budget, they allocated one-time resources to the arts and culture budget, increasing the budget to $14.7 million. These one-time funds were removed from the arts and culture budget in the Mayor’s Outlook, which included an arts and culture funding level of $10.4 million for FY 2019.
The following Councilmembers included increased funding in their Memos:
District 1 – Councilmember Barbara Bry
District 2 – Councilmember Lorie Zapf
District 3 – Council Chris Ward
District 4 – Council President Myrtle Cole
District 8 – Councilmember David Alvarez
District 9 – Councilmember Georgette Gomez
ACTION NEEDED – EMAIL THANK YOUS
Please click on this Link and send a quick email to at least one or all of the Councilmembers and THANK THEM for including Increased Funding for Arts and Culture in their Budget Memos. Tell them about an upcoming program that City Arts and Culture Funding supports for the benefit of the community.