SDRACC Appoints Three New Steering Committee Members

SDRACC is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its Steering Committee. Chris Chalupsky is the Sr. Manager of Arts and Community Partnerships for the San Diego AirportLlewellyn Crain is the Director of Development for The Old Globe, and Yvonne Wise is the Chief Curator & Head of Office of Arts and Culture for the Port of San Diego. Each new member brings a wealth of experience and commitment to the arts and culture for the San Diego region.

To learn more about the Steering Committee, click here.

Meet California Arts Council Director, Anne Bown-Crawford

Thursday, March 15th at 4pm to Meet California Arts Council Director, Anne Bown-Crawford

The San Diego Regional Arts & Culture Coalition in partnership with the California Arts Advocates and Californians for the Arts invites our region’s arts and culture leaders to meet Governor Jerry Brown’s recently appointed Director of the California Arts Council, Anne Bown-Crawford.
Learn about Anne’s vision for advancing arts, culture and creativity in California, and get the latest updates on critical regional and national arts advocacy issues.

We are happy to welcome and host Anne Bown-Crawford in Balboa Park, a pilot Cultural District designated by the California Arts Council.

Limited Seats. RSVP via this link.

After the reception, please join us at Panama 66 to mix and mingle with art and culture leaders from the San Diego region.


Thank you to our partners


2017 SDRACC Arts & Culture Funding Victory Celebration

 You are cordially invited to join your colleagues on  
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
5PM to 7PM 
The Berkeley
1492 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Celebrate Arts and Culture funding victories at the City of San Diego, City of Chula Vista, California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. 
$20 per person (includes appetizers and one drink). Your ticket purchase will be applied towards your Renewal or if you Join on August 16th
To attend, register here.

Call to Action – Budget Committee Meeting and Town Hall Meetings

IMPORTANT: Call to Action

We Must Stay Diligent! 

Please join us at the following meetings and make your voice heard to restore dramatic cuts to arts and culture funding. Invite your colleagues, friends and family. Let us know you are going RSVP here

City Budget Committee Meeting

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 2pm
City Administration Building
Council Chambers – 12th Floor
202 “C” Street, San Diego, CA 92101


District 9 – Budget Town Hall Meeting
Councilmember Georgette Gomez

If you live or provide programs,attend and speak in support of a flat $15.1 budget for arts and culture.
Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 6pm
Hoover High School
4474 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115


District 6 – Budget Town Hall Meeting
Councilmember Chris Cate

If you live or provide programs, attend and speak in support of a flat $15.1 budget for arts and culture.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 6:30pm
Doors open at 5:30pm
SDG&E Energy Innovation Center
4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117

To attend, you MUST register in advance via this link

Mayor Proposes Partial Restoration of Funding Cuts – Our Position: Restore All the Cuts

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.

Rise Up for the Arts – Social Media Info Sheet and Logos

.We need your help spreading the word about the rally!

Download the images in this page for use in your social media and emails to promote the rally.

Social Media Info Sheet and logos link below

RiseUpfortheArts-SocialMedia InfoSheet

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Make Your Voice Heard! 

We must send a clear message that Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s proposed 31% cut to arts and culture will result in job losses and the elimination of essential arts education programs in schools that will affect children throughout the city.

Action Alert – Rise Up for the Arts! Preserve Penny for the Arts


San Diego has long been a national leader in its commitment to public funding of the arts, however, the Mayor’s recommendation to cut arts and culture by $4.7 million is over a 31% cut to the Commission for Arts and Culture. This is a massive and unfair cut.

We need to encourage Councilmembers to bring equity to the process and continue their support of arts and culture.

RALLY: Monday, May 8, 2017 – 7:30am to 9:00am
(Prior to City Council Budget Hearing)
Civic Center Plaza, 202 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101

RSVP via this link. Bring your colleagues, friends, and family.

7:30am – Sign Making
8:15am – Speakers
9:00am – City Council Budget Hearing – Fill the Hall! Make Your Voice Heard!

Invite your colleagues, friends, and family. Let’s fill the Plaza with working artists, arts staff, musicians, students and everyone who will be impacted by deep cuts to the arts.

Can’t make the rally?
Contact your city council representative:

Attend digitally! Share why you support the arts at #Rise4Arts!

Organizations Participating:
Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition
Rising Arts Leaders of San Diego
San Diego Museum Council
San Diego Performing Arts League
San Diego Dance Collective
San Diego Emerging Museum Professionals
Arts Education Resource Organization
Choral Consortium of San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art

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