San Diego Alliance for Arts Education Update

School Board Candidate Views on Arts Education: A Quick Survey

May 31, 2012

While most of us have been focused on the Mayoral race, we’ve kind of overlooked the upcoming school board elections. Two Sub-Districts are up for re-election and one is an open seat. Sub-District’s A, D and E are in some residents’ primary ballot books this year. While not everyone will have these candidates on their Primary Election Ballots next week. We will all have a chance to vote on some of these candidates in November for the run-off. So pay attention. Continue reading San Diego Alliance for Arts Education Update

FY11 Economic Impact Report

Today, Mayor Jerry Sanders and officials from San Diego’s arts and culture community held a press conference to release the FY11 economic impact report. Funding from the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture helped support 68 organizations in neighborhoods throughout the city. This support pumped $170 million into San Diego’s economy in the last fiscal year, and leveraged $202 million in revenue.

A press conference was held at 10:30 am this morning, at the San Diego Museum of Natural History in Balboa Park. Participants included: Mayor Jerry Sanders; Mark Cafferty, Director of the Economic Development Corporation, Vicki Reed, Chair of the Commission for Arts and Culture; Alan Ziter and Seema Sueko, Co-Chairs of the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition; Victoria Hamilton, Executive Director, Commission for Arts and Culture; Commissioners from San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and Members of San Diego’s arts and culture community.

The Arts and Culture Economic Impact Report is issued annually by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition.

Click here to download the: 2011 Arts and Culture Economic and Community Impact Report for San Diego

Mayoral candidate Forum on the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Sector

The San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition would like to thank the four Mayoral Candidates for their participation in the Mayoral candidate Forum on the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Sector, which took place on Monday, March 26, 2012 at The Old Globe.


Please click on the links below for articles about the event:

Arts in the 2010 California Governor’s Race Campaign Launches

The Arts in the California Governor’s Race project does not endorse any candidate, nor does it support any specific legislation.

CALIFORNIA — September 9, 2010 — A committee of arts advocates, non-profit arts leaders, creative business owners, and concerned individuals today announced a non-partisan campaign, calledArts in the California Governor’s Race, to raise public awareness and inform the 2010 gubernatorial candidates about the significance of California’s creative industries in fueling the world’s 8th largest economy (Legislative Analyst’s Office, Cal Facts 2006).

“Despite being the home of hundreds of thousands of artists, world-renowned symphonies, operas, theatres and museums, and even though we are the global center of popular film, California has fallen to 50th nationwide in per-capita funding for the arts and cultural policy initiatives,” said Brad Erickson, president of California Arts Advocates and co-chair of the steering committee, “that is why we created this campaign.”

California’s economy is fueled by its creative industries, including both for-profit and non-profit creative businesses and organizations. Art galleries, individual artists, writers, and performers in California earned over $12 billion in 2008, while photography, music, book, and record store sales totaled over $3.2 billion according to the Creative Vitality™ Index, an economic development tool developed by the Western States Arts Federation. While the billions of dollars in domestic film industry revenues is common knowledge, foreign sales of motion-picture and video products totaled over $10.4 billion just a few years ago, a number that continues to rise. In addition, California’s non-profit arts sector alone generates $5.4 billion in total economic impact each year, creating 66,000 full-time and 95,000 part-time jobs, and returning $300 million in state and local taxes.

The goal of the Arts in the California Governor’s Race campaign is to educate both the public and the 2010 gubernatorial candidates about the important roles of quality public education, non-profit public/private partnerships, and small business in ensuring a robust creative economy. The campaign will work closely with gubernatorial campaign managers to brief each candidate about California’s creative sector. The campaign will also encourage each of the candidates to prepare a public statement indicating her or his awareness of the creative industries and commitment to ensuring California regains its competitive economic edge when the next governor takes office.

Through its newly launched website and a field activist, the steering committee of Arts in the California Governor’s Race is currently working in communities throughout the state to educate voters about the important role of the creative industries in ensuring that students thrive, communities succeed, and that California’s economy flourishes.

“This campaign is an exciting new effort to help bridge the gap between the arts and politics, both in this gubernatorial race as well as the future. The campaign will strengthen the California’s broad arts communities and show our local and state representatives that we are an important constituency,” said Michael Alexander, current member of the California Arts Council.

To learn more, please visit or contact Field Activist Jackie Koppell by e-mail at or by phone at (917) 817-4418.

Please join thousands of your colleagues across California and take control of our future. Learn about the specifics of this effort, who is involved, what you can do and how to contribute to making this an effective campaign.

Arts Leaders Meet with Congresswoman Susan Davis

San Diego Arts Leaders Ron Jessee, Victoria Hamilton, Dalouge Smith, and John Malashok met with Representative Susan Davis (second from right), who has been a steady arts and culture supporter. The group met with Rep. Davis to discuss proposals for strengthening inclusion of arts education in the next version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and to ask for her support of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Spread the News: It’s Your City, and Your Arts Scene

by Christopher Ashley
Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune July 25, 2010

“Our cultural ecosystem has quietly flourished over the past two decades, yielding vibrant centers for live theater, visual arts, dance, opera, classical and contemporary music. We have a staggering number of pioneering artists, quality arts organizations, adventurous audiences and committed supporters. San Diego is at the tipping point of becoming a major, nationally recognized arts center. Yet even now, whenever I ask San Diegans what distinguishes us from other cities, our arts scene rarely makes the Top 10. It is up to us to change that.”

Read the full piece here.

Arts in Crisis, Funding Needed

by John Eger,
Published July 8, 2010 in The San Diego Union-Tribune

“Today the arts are being cut to one of the lowest points in history…As demand for a new workforce to meet the challenges of a global knowledge economy is rapidly increasing, nothing could be more important in this period of our nation’s history than art and an art infused education. It may seem ludicrous to say it, but we really need to be spending more on the arts and art education. Much more.”

Read the full Op-Ed in the San Diego Union-Tribune

New Campaign to Promote Arts and Culture

The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the San Diego Foundation have partnered on a multi-faceted initiative designed to assist arts and culture organizations to survive the economic downturn and ultimately thrive in a new world economy as part of their Survive and Thrive Initiative. Additional support is provided by the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau (ConVis), California Arts Council, San Diego Grantmakers and other funders.

Click here to see the campaign on the ConVis website: