California Arts Council “Statewide and Regional Networks” Grant Award

We got the grant! The San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition is one of 43 grantees chosen for the Statewide and Regional Networks program from the California Arts Council. 

The Statewide and Regional Networks program is rooted in the California Arts Council’s commitment to supporting arts service organizations reflective of California’s diverse populations. The program provides general operating grants for arts service organization networks with regional or statewide reach. Arts service organizations serve as networks to provide specialized, practical services for artists, arts organizations, and cultural communities.

The award was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council.

“Our Statewide and Regional Network grantees have their finger on the pulse of their communities,” said Nashormeh Lindo, Chair of the California Arts Council. “San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition is part of a passionate group of arts service organizations whose tireless efforts keep the creative heart of California healthy and thriving.”

A complete listing of all Statewide and Regional Network grantees can be viewed at

We are honored to be among the 43 grantees. This grant will help us continue our advocacy efforts and expand our programming in the San Diego region.

California Arts Council 18-19 Budget Update

In the May budget Revision, Governor Jerry Brown added $5 million one time funding in the Arts Council’s budget. On May 24th, the legislature voted to increase the Arts Council’s budget by $5 million one time funding over the May Revision, for a total

of $25.1 million in general fund support for the California Arts Council in the 18-19 budget year. Stay tuned for the next step in the arts council budget process.
In the meantime, please reach out to our legislators and Governor Jerry Brown to thank them for their ongoing support of arts and culture.
Here is an example of a message you might wish to send:

Dear ______________,

We wish to express our deepest gratitude to Governor Jerry Brown and the Senate and Assembly Budget Subcommittees for proposing and advancing a significant increase in funding for the California Arts Council for 2019! Thank you for your ongoing investment in the arts and culture. Every county—rural, urban, and suburban—receives funding to offer arts experiences to ALL, including underserved populations, at risk youth, veterans, children, families and senior citizens. All have benefited from the more than 1,000 grants made last year to local organizations that know their communities and how to engage them.

And spread the word that the California Arts Advocates are hard at work to advance the arts, culture and creativity in California and have continued to successfully influence additional funding to support California Arts Council programs.

Please see the list below to find your representatives. If you are not sure who is your representative, click here.

Legislator Roster List


District California State Senator Contact Information
36 Senator Patricia C Bates Email
38 Senator Joel Anderson Email
39 Senator Toni Atkins Email
40 Senator Ben Hueso Email


District California State Assembly Contact Information
67 Assembly Member Melissa Melendez Email
71 Assembly Member Randy Voepel Email
75 Assembly Member Marie Waldron Email
76 Assembly Member Rocky Chavez Email
77 Assembly Member Brian Maienschein Email
78 Assembly Member Todd Gloria Email
79 Assembly Member Shirley Weber Email
80 Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher Email

House Increases NEA Funding

On May 15, 2018, the U.S House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee advanced legislation to fund the nation’s federal cultural agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

We are happy to report that under the leadership of Chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA) and Ranking Member Betty McCollum (D-MN), the Subcommittee allocated increases of $2 million to both the NEA and the NEH, bringing their budgets up to $155 million each for FY 2019. Thanks to your impactful grassroots advocacy work, this is the same appropriation level that we requested on Arts Advocacy Day this past March.

IMPORTANT ADVOCACY UPDATE – City of San Diego Arts and Culture Budget Hearing May 8, 2018


City of San Diego Arts and Culture Budget Hearing May 8, 2018

Our advocacy efforts to stop deep budget cuts for arts and culture at the City have been heard! Thanks to everyone’s united voice, Mayor Kevin Faulconer has proposed an FY19 budget for arts and culture with only a 2% cut to the existing $14.6 million budget, in line with other departments. 

The upcoming Arts and Culture Budget Hearing will be an important meeting for us to be present and for Council members to see us. 

We have an organized presentation already arranged to hit the high points for our advocacy efforts, but we definitely need you in the room! 

We will be completing and submitting “Decline to Speak but in Support” forms for each of you. You do NOT need to fill in anything when you arrive. In order for us to submit the form on your behalf, please answer these questions.

When: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 
Time: 9am – 12pm
Where: City Administration Building, 202 C Street, San Diego, CA 92191, 12th Floor

This will be the only Budget Hearing meeting we need to attend!

Thank You

Your efforts are truly paying off. Let’s keep focused!

IMPORTANT ADVOCACY UPDATE – City of San Diego Arts and Culture Funding


City of San Diego Arts and Culture Funding
April 12, 2018

Our advocacy efforts to stop deep budget cuts for arts & culture at the City have been heard! Thanks to everyone’s united voice, Mayor Kevin Faulconer has proposed an FY19 budget for arts and culture with only a 2% cut to the existing $14.6 million budget.  

This is a “fair share cut” in line with other city departments – far below the possible 30%+ cut – and one that we plan to support going forward through budget hearings.

BUT that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop – we must continue to demonstrate the value of arts and culture in our communities – and work with City Council during the Budget Hearings to assure there are no further cuts.

Next Important Date

Monday, April 16, 2018

Mayor presents FY 2019 Proposed Budget at City Council – 2pm

Next Important Action

Next week, we will share with you social media messaging for our support of the Mayor’s budget that you can use to update your patrons and in any community meetings with Councilmembers.

In It for the Long Haul

All our efforts now are laying the groundwork for developing strategies over the next couple of years for a long-term solution to assure there is reliable, viable sustained funding for arts and culture.

Thank You

Your efforts are truly paying off. Let’s keep focused!

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.

ICYM: CAC’s New Director, Anne Bown-Crawford Visit to San Diego

We were proud to host in partnership with the California Arts Advocates the new California Arts Council director, Anne Bown-Crawford on Thursday, March 15th at The Old Globe. In case you missed this event, here’s a great article from the San Diego Union Tribune

Thank you to The Old Globe for hosting and to Toni Robin at TR/PR Public Relations | Marketing for the donated media work. Thank you to everyone that attended. Be on the lookout for more upcoming events from SDRACC.

Breaking News : Arts Victory in Congress!

News from Americans for the Arts

Victory! The voices of arts advocates were heard on Capitol Hill.

On March 21, 2018, Congress released the details of its delayed current year FY 2018 Omnibus spending bill. I am pleased to share that arts advocates like you helped convince Congress to reject President Trump’s proposal to terminate the nation’s cultural agencies. In fact, Congress has allocated an INCREASE in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to$152.849 million each. Please check our blog post for a detailed list of of Omnibus allocations to each of the federal cultural agencies and arts education programs.

This victory is such a fitting tribute to last week’s passing of Congressional Arts Caucus Co-Chair Representative Louise Slaughter, who spent her career in Congress fighting for the arts. She had most recently co-authored an Arts Advocacy Day “Dear Colleague” letter to her fellow Members of Congress recruiting a record number of 166 House Democrats and Republicans to sign a joint letter to House Appropriators to increase arts funding in America.

Together, Arts Action Fund members provided a strong and united voice for the arts:

·Grassroots arts advocates sent close to 200,000 messages to Members of Congress, thousands more signed our petitions and visited their elected Representatives and Senators.

·Our Arts Action Fund PAC was incredibly effective in educating and supporting key leaders in Congress to take an important stand on the arts.

·Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA), soundly rejected President Trump’s attempt to terminate our nation’s cultural agencies.

·Persuasive and timely ads were placed in political publications during key decision times to inform Members of Congress about the latest research on the economic power of the arts.

Below are the final funding levels for the cultural agencies:

Key Federally Funded Arts Program/Agency

(in $ millions)

President Trump’s


U.S. House


U.S. Senate

Committee Proposal



FY 2018 Funding

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)





National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)





Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)





Corporation for Public Broadcasting


$445 (plus $0 for interconnection system)

$445 (plus $20 for interconnection system)

$445(plus $20 for interconnection system)

Assistance for Arts Education





Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants





Smithsonian Institution





John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts





National Gallery of Art





U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum





Save America’s Treasures





Commission of Fine Arts





National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs





Educational and Cultural Exchange programs





Community Development Block Grants


































Action Alert: City of San Diego Arts and Culture Funding

City of San Diego Arts and Culture Funding

Action Alert

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 milliona $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


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.