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:
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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
MEETING LOCATION: 
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 athttps://www.chulavistaca.gov/departments/mayor-council/council-meeting-agenda

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

Action Alert Update – City Budget Memos – Thank You to Council

ACTION ALERT UPDATE – SUCCESS! Six of Nine City of San Diego Council Members Include Arts and Culture Funding as a Priority for 2019-20

ACTION REQUESTED: Thank City Council Members NOW for Including Arts & Culture Funding as a Priority in Their Budget Memos

ACTION NEEDED BY Tuesday, February 5

Thanks to effective outreach by arts and culture organizations, 6 out of 9 Council members included Arts and Culture funding a PRIORITY in their budget memos to the Office of the Independent Budget Analyst last week. This is a big success as 3 of the 6 Councilmembers are new to Council. (Campbell, Montgomery, Moreno) SDRACC Steering Committee members met with each of them during the campaign and asked up front if they would include Arts and Culture as a priority, and it is gratifying to see them follow through right away with their promise of support.

This is the language that is included in the Analyst’s Report:

City Council Budget Priorities

Arts and Culture (Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9)

A majority of Councilmembers prioritized either increasing Arts and Culture funding or maintaining funding at the FY 2019 level. The FY 2019 Adopted Budget included a total of $14.5 million for Arts and Culture, of which $3.9 million came from one-time resources. These one-time funds were not included in the Mayor’s Outlook, which included $10.6 million in baseline expenditures for Arts and Culture in FY 2020.

You can read the entire Report here.

What can you do? Time to say “Thank you!”
Send an email to these 6 Council members to thank them for including Arts and Culture as a high priority in their Budget Memo. Reference stories about arts programs and audience engagement that you provide in THEIR district – this is very important.

We are interested in results.
Please let us know if Councilmembers respond and what they say by sending information to SDRACC Association Manager Jessica Amaya at jessamaya.sdracc@gmail.com

Next Important Date: April 12, 2019 – Mayor releases FY 2020 Proposed Budget

Thank you!

District 1 Barbara Bry barbarabry@sandiego.gov
District 2 Dr. Jennifer Campbell jennifercampbell@sandiego.gov
District 3 Chris Ward christopherward@sandiego.gov
District 4 Monica Montgomery monicamontgomery@sandiego.gov
District 8 Vivian Moreno vivianmoreno@sandiego.gov
District 9 Council President Georgette Gomez georgettegomez@sandiego.gov

URGENT ACTION ALERT: ARTS & CULTURE FUNDING for FY 2019-2020

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ACTION REQUESTED: Contact City Council Members NOW – Urge Them to Include Arts & Culture Funding as a Priority in Their Budget Memos

ACTION NEEDED BY Tuesday, January 15

As you know, San Diego arts and culture funding year-to-year is always under consideration for cuts and this year is no exception.

Our best step at this moment is to ensure Arts and Culture is included as a PRIORITY in the budget memos that City Council Members will submit to the Office of the Independent Budget Analyst by next Friday.

When do you need to act?
The budget memos are due Friday, January 18, which means they are being written right now. We encourage emails and calls to Councilmembers by Tuesday, January 15th.

What can you do?

Send an email to Council members to ask them to include Arts and Culture as a high priority in their Budget Memo. Reference stories about arts programs and audience engagement that you provide in THEIR district – this is very important.

We are interested in results.
 

Please let us know which of the Councilmembers respond and what they say by sending information to SDRACC Association Manager Jessica Amaya at jessamaya.sdracc@gmail.com

Thank you!

District 1 Barbara Bry barbarabry@sandiego.gov
District 2 Dr. Jennifer Campbell jennifercampbell@sandiego.gov
District 3 Chris Ward christopherward@sandiego.gov
District 4 Monica Montgomery monicamontgomery@sandiego.gov
District 5 Mark Kersey markkersey@sandiego.gov
District 6 Chris Cate chriscate@sandiego.gov
District 7 Scott Sherman scottsherman@sandiego.gov
District 8 Vivian Moreno vivianmoreno@sandiego.gov
District 9 Council President Georgette Gomez georgettegomez@sandiego.gov

Meet City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture New Executive Director, Jonathon Glus

The San Diego Regional Arts & Culture Coalition in partnership with the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership invites our region’s arts and culture leaders to meet Mayor Faulconer’s recently appointed Executive Director of the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, Jonathon Glus.

Learn about Jonathon’s vision for advancing arts and culture in the City of San Diego, and get the latest updates on critical regional and national arts advocacy issues.

When: Thursday, December 13, 2018 3PM – 5PM

Where: City Heights Performance Annex, 3795 Fairmount Avenue

San Diego, CA 92105

Free to attend but must RSVP. Space is limited. 

 

RSVP via this link

This SDRACC General Membership meeting is sponsored in part byBalboa Park Cultural Partnership and the City Heights Performance Annex.

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 http://arts.ca.gov/programs/files/FY1718_ProjectDescriptions_SRN.pdf.

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.

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

IMPORTANT ADVOCACY UPDATE

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

IMPORTANT ADVOCACY UPDATE

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.