SDRACC Arts & Culture Summer Celebration

You are cordially invited to join arts and culture colleagues to celebrate this year’s Arts and Culture advocacy efforts

Special guest Randy I Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy from Americans for the Arts.

Monday, July 22, 2019
6:30PM to 8:30PM 

Chula Vista City Hall
276 4th Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91910

A brief update on local, state and national updates
Meet and greet Randy Cohen from AFTA
Network with arts and culture colleagues from the San Diego region

To attend, register through this link

Thank you to our sponsors:

ACTION ALERT: City of Chula Vista Cultural Arts Program Manager Position Proposed For Elimination

ACTION ALERT: Attend the Tuesday, June 4th City Council Meeting at 5pm
City Council Chamber, 
276 4th Avenue, Building A
Chula Vista, CA 91910

At the March 21st, 2019 Council meeting, a Chula Vista City Councilmember proposed eliminating Lynnette Tessitore and the Cultural Arts Program Manager position from the city budget, thinking the work that Lynnette does can be handled by other city staffers. Positioned as a way to fund more police and firefighters, eliminating the Cultural Arts Program Manager position would have a devastating effect on the robust and growing cultural programming underway in the South Bay thanks to Lynnette’s leadership. The budget was narrowly defeated by a 3-2 vote last week, with a final vote this Tuesday, June 4th. 

“A lot of the function of cultural arts is already being done in multiple departments throughout the city and I’m looking for savings,” Councilmember Jill Galvez was quoted as saying on Wednesday. “I think that the remaining tasks that are done by the program manager could be divided and we could save money necessary to hire more public safety.”

We disagree, a city with a qualified Cultural Arts Commission and growing and extensive cultural programming needs a professional like Lynnette in place.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 4 @ 5pm for the public Council Budget meeting. Testimony is needed from Chula Vistans and Regional Arts Leaders about the important work Lynnette as Cultural Arts Program Manager does, and the cultural leadership she provides for the benefit of Chula Vista’s citizens as well as for the San Diego region. The agenda is ITEM #9 and the agenda is posted at

Plan to arrive by 5pm and complete a Speaker Slip. If you wish to support but decline to speak, note that on your Slip. 

Arts, Culture, Creativity Month – San Diego Region Events

Proclamations to Acknowledge Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month in San Diego

We have been working diligently to educate and promote Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month in the San Diego region. 

Thanks to the hard work from our Steering Committee members, we have secured Proclamations for Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month. Please join us at the following meetings to celebrate ACCM:

  • City of Coronado – Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 4pm
    • Coronado City Hall Council Chamber, 1825 Strand Way, Coronado, California 92118
  • City of Chula Vista – Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 5pm
    • Council Chamber, 276 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista CA 91910
  • City of San Diego – Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 3pm
    • Mayor’s Proclamation at Quartyard, 1301 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101
  • City of Carlsbad – Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 6pm
    • Council Chamber, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA, 92008
  • More to be announced

Do you have an upcoming event that helps further our mission?

Event submissions are limited to California based events that are educational / action focused such as conferences, summits, initiatives, workshops and webinars, as well as events that further advance arts / artist advocacy on state and national levels.  Click here to submit your event.

2019 San Diego Delegation

Listed below are the state and federal legislative districts for the San Diego region, along with the corresponding elected officials that comprise the San Diego delegation. 

To find your elected officials, click here

California State Legislature


36Pat Bates
38Brian Jones
39Toni Atkins
40Ben Hueso


DistrictAssembly Member
71Randy Voepel
75Marie Waldron
76Tasha Boerner Horvath
77Brian Maienschein
78Todd Gloria
79Shirley Weber
80Lorena Gonzalez 

U.S. Congress  


Dianne Feinstein 
Kamala Harris

House of Representatives: 

49Mike Levin
50Duncan Hunter
51Juan Vargas
52Scott Peters
53Susan Davis

Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month – Resources

Thank you to Californians for the Arts (CFTA) for providing these resources to make the inaugural Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month (ACCM) a success. If you were not able to attend our General Meeting on March 4th, you may access the PowerPoint presentation by clicking here.

This page will be updated regularly with collateral to help you and your organization plan your activities and events during Arts, Culture, and Creativity month. You may download and share this information with your colleagues.

Call to Action

  • Register to participate in Arts, Culture, and Creativity month.
  • Spread the word. Share this link or this page.
  • Attend the Arts Advocacy Training on March 21st in Chula Vista.
  • Read the Ways to Engage guide from CFTA to learn about the different ways to participate in ACCM.
  • Submit your event to Californians for the Arts for ACCM partnership consideration.

Keep Your Legislators Informed by Sending a Letter

Write to the chairs of the Senate and Assembly Budget Committees asking for their commitment to funding the California Arts Council (CAC). Use this template and use this link to find your elected officials.

Place an Op-Ed in Your Local Newspaper

  • Writing a letter to the editor of a local newspaper is a quick, simple and free method of raising the public’s awareness on a topic.
  • Write an article about the impact of arts, culture, and creativity in your community.
  • Use data, tell a compelling impact story.

Logos / Images

Right click on each image to download and save. You may incorporate these images in the promotion of your events, social media, and programs.

Arts Advocacy Training

Thursday, March 21, 6-8pm

Chula Vista Civic Center Library Auditorium
365 F Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Free to attend; RSVP is required via this link 

This April is the inaugural Arts, Culture & Creativity Month for the state of California! There will be events statewide advancing the arts, all leading up to the Advocacy Day on April 23 in Sacramento. 

Learn more on how to:

  • Educate decision makers about the benefits about arts and culture programs
  • Connect and mobilize
  • Share arts impact stories
  • Build our case and show our strength

For more information,

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SDRACC General Meeting – April is Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month


April is Arts, Culture & Creativity Month in California 

How Can You and Your Organization Get Connected?

Please Join Your Colleagues…
Monday, March 4th, 4pm – 5:30pm
Fleet Science Center Community Room in Balboa Park
1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
(Enter from parking lot behind building)    

Please RSVP here

San Diego County will be taking a leading role in the Californians for the Arts first Arts, Culture & Creativity campaign to engage the entire state in advancing the Arts. 

WE NEED YOUR HELP to make this inaugural month-long event a success.

Join us on Monday, March 4, 2019, to help coordinate and mobilize our efforts to advance the arts across San Diego county in April and learn more about Advocacy Day in Sacramento on April 23, 2019.

You can find out more about Arts, Culture and Creativity Month by clicking here.

Legislative Updates -Independent Contractors

AB 5 Worker Status: Independent Contractors
California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) has introduced legislation intended to strengthen employee rights and define the role of an independent contractor.
The bill (A.B. 5), would add to state law the “ABC test” regarding independent contractors. The test was adopted unanimously by California’s Supreme Court in the case of Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles (2018) 4 Cal.5th 903 (Dynamex) in an April decision.

The court ruled in favor of workers when Dynamex, a package and documents delivery company, converted all of its drivers to independent contractors to save money. In its decision, the court sided with the drivers and established the three part “A-B-C” test, which requires workers to be classified as independent contractors if:
A) The worker is “free from control and direction” of the employer as it relates to performance of the work. 
B) The work is performed “outside the usual course” of the hiring entity’s business. 
C) The worker engages in an independently established trade, occupation or business of the same nature as the work performed for the hiring entity.

It’s time to review who you have classified as an independent contractor vs an employee based against the above criteria. 

If you have questions or concerns, an excellent resource is California Lawyers for the Arts.

California Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month

Starting in 2019, April will officially be Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month in the state of California.
Register to participate in the first annual Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month. There are many ways to get involved!

  • Host an event
  • Represent your art, organization, or community
  • Provide training
  • Sponsor an event
  • Volunteer your time to help make it happen!

To participate or volunteer with Californians for the Arts, click here.

Save the date for Arts, Culture, and Creativity Advocacy Day on April 23, 2019 in Sacramento. More details to be announced. 

SDRACC will be hosting events in the month of April in the San Diego Region so stay tuned of more details.

Professional Development Opportunites from California Lawyers for the Arts

The San Diego Chapter of California Lawyers for the Arts is presenting an upcoming series of workshops and presentations that will benefit artists and nonprofit arts organizations.

The Art of Deduction: Taxes for Artists and Creatives
Special guest speaker T. Jesus Oba, EA, CPA
When: Monday, February 25, 2019 at 7PM
Where: Vanguard Culture HQ | East Village
Fee: $15 

Legal Pathways for Managing Art Grants
Special guest speakers Aaron Li, JD, LLM (Hone Maxwell), Ken Davenport & Corrie McCoy (Mission Edge)
When: Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 6:30PM
Where: The AjA Project | City Heights
Fee: Free (Space Limited)

A Legal Guide to Starting an Art Business
Special guest speaker David Lizerbram, JD
When: Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 7PM
Where: Art Produce | North Park 
Fee: Free (Space Limited)