SDRACC Recommendations to SD Commission of Arts & Culture Follow-up Letter

On September 8th, 2017, members of an ad hoc committee of the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition sent a follow-up letter to the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture requesting to include the recommendations for FY19 Guidelines and Panel Process in the upcoming meeting agendas for review and discussion.

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Dear Janet:

Congratulations on your appointment as the Chair of the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. We would to like to thank you for stepping up to this very important leadership position and again to let Larry Baza know how grateful we are for his outstanding work as past Commission chair and arts advocate.

The SDRACC Ad Hoc Committee on the Commission Application and Panel Process understands the Commission’s Policy and Funding Committee will address the FY 19 OSP and CCSD funding application guidelines at its September and possibly October meetings. Because time is of the essence and staff capacity is limited, we appreciate the opportunity to engage the Policy Committee and Commission members in a deliberative process that focuses our previous requests on the priority recommendations listed below over the next two months. To that effect, and as a follow- up to our last correspondence we, the undersigned members of an ad hoc committee respectfully request that the Commission docket the following recommendations to the FY 19 OSP and CCSD Guidelines on the upcoming full Commission meeting agendas for a full review and discussion.

These recommendations are rooted in our collective experience as Commission contractors and arts professionals and reinforce our goals to: increase the efficiency of the application process for both the Commission staff members and arts organizations (the following recommendations require minimal changes for the Commission staff and contractors, as we are aware of the capacity challenges that both groups face); stabilize the application process; and ensure that the City OSP and CCSD application and funding process is as equitable as possible for organizations large and small.

  1. Short Form: The FY 18 funding cycle was the first to eliminate the option of a Short Form application. This was appropriate because the funding guidelines and application were completely revised and all contractors needed to participate in this new process equally. That process has been utilized and Commission staff has indicated no substantive changes are to be recommended to the funding guidelines for FY 19. Therefore, we recommend that organizations should complete the full application as staff has indicated it does not have the capacity to revamp the form and that organizations be exempt from the panel review process if they have received a high rank from past panel reviews and meet the appropriate eligibility criteria.

Adopting this recommendation will create efficiencies for the Commission, Commission staff, review panels and organizational contractors.  Reducing the volume of applications to be fully reviewed by panels will reduce the number of hours panels meet which will in turn reduce the number of panelists required to be recruited, trained and scheduled by Commission staff and will stabilize the application process for the contractors (who will now be able to plan ahead for the long and short form years).

  1. Appeals Process: We request the Commission reinstate the Appeals Process for all OSP and CCSD applicant organizations in the FY 19 cycle. The Appeals Process is a simple and important accountability measure that ensures occasional mistakes and misstatements by review panels which adversely impact an organization’s ranking can be addressed. The Appeals Process utilized by the Commission in the past included specific guidelines for an appeal to be considered and specific grounds upon which an appeal might be approved. It is our opinion that these same guidelines can easily be reviewed and reinstated so that staff and Commissioners do not need to spend unnecessary time constructing new appeals guidelines from scratch. The reinstatement of the Appeals Process is a recommendation that supports our goal of providing a more equitable process for all organizations.
  1. Review of Financials: We strongly recommend that all financial and governance information provided in the Request for Qualification documents be part of the full panel review The applicant organizations’ budgets and leadership information help tell the “whole story” and should be tied to their organizations’ goals, objectives and deliverables. The addition of the RFQ information in panelists’ packets will allow for greater equity in the review process as organizations are evaluated in a more comprehensive manner.

Thank you for providing an opportunity to discuss these recommendations in an open and transparent process.

Sincerely,

San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition Ad Hoc Committee Members

 

Matt Carney, Treasurer

Rising Arts Leaders

 

Llewellyn Crain, Director of Development

The Old Globe

 

Erin Decker, Vice President of Development

The New Children’s Museum

 

Victoria Hamilton, President

Californians for the Arts and California Arts Advocates

 

John Highkin, Director

Fern Street Community Arts

Michael Rosenberg, Managing Director

La Jolla Playhouse

 

Todd Schultz, Vice President for Institutional Advancement

San Diego Symphony

 

Dalouge Smith, President & CEO

San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory

 

Steve Snyder, President & CEO

Fleet Science Center 

 

 

 

cc: Commissioners and Staff

To read the first letter sent to the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture on August 24th, 2017, please click here.       

SDRACC Recommendations to SD Commission for Arts and Culture for FY19 Guidelines & Panel Processes

On August 24th, 2017, members of an ad hoc committee of the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition sent the following letter to the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture with recommendations for FY19 Guidelines and Panel Process. 

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Continue reading SDRACC Recommendations to SD Commission for Arts and Culture for FY19 Guidelines & Panel Processes

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.
 

Save the Date: Arts & Culture Victory Celebration on August 16, 2017

SAVE THE DATE: Arts & Culture Victory Celebration
 
SAVE THE DATE  – Details to Follow
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 5PM to 7PM 
Maritime Museum of San Diego – 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. 

Smith Leadership Symposium: 
Social Responsibility & Civic Engagement 
 
When: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 9am to 5:30pm
Where: San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park, San Diego
 
This year’s Smith Leadership Symposium will explore the connection between social responsibility and civic engagement. What is your organization’s social responsibility to the arts, culture, and science community, as well as, the community at large? How can organizations be more civically engaged? This professional development opportunity will bring together local and national speakers for a full day of learning opportunities focused on how individuals can be advocates for not only themselves, but for organizations as a whole through civil discourse and inclusive programming.
 
Featuring Michael Murawski from Portland Art Museum and Milenko Matanovic from the Pomegranate Center in Seattle, Washington!
 
Registration is now open! San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition network receives $5 off ticket prices – enter promotional code Affiliate_OrgRegister here

Congratulations: Erin Decker

Congratulations Erin Decker

Join us in sending best wishes to our very own Steering Committee member, Erin Decker, as she starts her new role this week at The New Children’s Museum as Vice President of Development. Most recently, she held the position of Senior Associate Director of Development at the La Jolla Playhouse. For more information about her role, click 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

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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.