SDRACC General Membership Meeting, April 12, 2017


Please join us for our next General Membership meeting:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 4pm at The Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park

Learn about Arts Advocacy in the San Diego Region and beyond, the San Diego Commission for Arts and Cultures, the San Diego Tourism Authority and more. This event is free and open to the public.


Candice Eley, Director of Communication, San Diego Tourism Authority

Carlos Cristiani, Advocacy and Outreach Committee Chair, City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture

Dalouge Smith, California Arts Advocates Boardmember and President & CEO, San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory

Erin Decker, Steering Committee, San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition


The SDRACC General Membership meeting is sponsored in part by The Fleet Science Center


Action Alert – Save the National Endowment for the Arts


Today’s news confirmed that President Trump’s budget proposal calls for the elimination of The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), among other programs, in the fiscal year 2018. For a synopsis of what’s at stake, please see The National Assembly of State Arts Agency’s Statement on Proposed Elimination of the NEA. Click here to read a statement from Jane Chu, Chair of the NEA.

To protect the NEA, contact your local representative with a special focus on Republican legislators in San Diego County and urge them to save the NEA by calling or sending the following message:

Dear Congressman (NAME): I am writing on behalf of (xyz organization or individual), and as a member of the San Diego Regional Arts & Culture Coalition, to thank you for your continued support of arts and culture in your district. We respectfully request that you reject the misguided proposal from the Administration to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts. As an (organization, artist, arts donor), the NEA has (tell your story here). Thank you.

Congressman Darrell Issa

Send an Email or call (760) 599-5000

Congressman Duncan Hunter

Send an Email or call (619) 448-5201

San Diego County Congressional Map – Know Your Congressman

Also, please take a few minutes to sign the petition to save the NEA


Action Alert – Penny for the Arts

URGENT ACTION ALERT – Respond by Thursday at 5pm



We need to urge our Councilmembers to include in the Budget Memo support for Penny for the Arts. 


Please contact members of the San Diego City Council today with the following message:


Dear Councilmember (NAME):


I am writing on behalf of (xyz organization or individual), and as a  member of the San Diego Regional Arts & Culture Coalition, to thank you for your continued support of arts and culture.  We respectively request that you include in your Budget Memo, as a priority, support for Penny for the Arts.  As an (organization, artist, arts donor), City funding for the arts (tell your story here).  Thank you.


City Council Email Addresses


District 1

Council President Barbara Bry


District 2
Councilmember Lorie Zapf


District 3
Councilmember Chris Ward


District 4
Council President Myrtle Cole


District 5
Councilmember Mark Kersey 


District 6
Councilmember Chris Cate 


District 7
Councilmember Scott Sherman 


District 8
Councilmember David Alvarez


District 9
Councilmember Georgette Gomez
Arts Staff Representative Marisa Beruman


Thank you for advocating for the arts!


City of San Diego Increases Arts Funding by over $2.5 Million

Mayor Faulconer signed the Fiscal Year 2017 budget June, 2016 for the City of San Diego.  The arts saw an increase in over $2.5 million from last year!

City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture Adopted Budgets:

FY16: $12,552,130

FY17: $15,139,801

MANY congratulations are in order to leaders in the arts community, City Councilmembers, and YOU! Stay tuned for information about an Arts and Culture Community Advocacy Celebration, coming up in just a few weeks.

Our work on the FY17 City of San Diego budget is ALMOST done…as soon as you extend your thanks!



Please reach out to Mayor Faulconer, each Councilmember, and each Commissioner to say ‘thank you.’ A quick email or a letter will do!


Links to Contact Information:

•           Mayor Faulconer

•           City of San Diego Councilmembers

•           City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture – list of Commissioners; Commission Office Address: 1200 Third Ave., Ste. 924; San Diego, CA 92101



You can thank Councilmember Gloria for making the motion to increase arts funding during the final budget hearing on Monday and Councilmembers Alvarez, Cole and Emerald for putting an additional $1.2 million to the arts in their budget priority memos.