City of San Diego Arts and Culture Funding
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 million—a $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
ACTION NEEDED – EMAIL THANK YOUS
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.
URGENT ACTION ALERT – CITY OF SAN DIEGO ARTS & CULTURE FUNDING
ACTION REQUESTED: Contact City Council Members NOW – Urge Support for Penny for the Arts in Their Budget Memos
ACTION NEEDED BY: Friday, January 12
As many of you already know, San Diego arts and culture organizations are already facing a potential 35% cut from FY17 levels.
Our best step at this moment is to ensure Arts and Culture is included as a priority in the budget memos for the City Council Members.
When do you need to act?
The budget memos are due January 22, which means they are being written right now. We encourage emails and calls to Councilmember by Friday, January 12, especially since Monday, January 15 is a federal holiday.
What can you do?
Please identify ONLY people who are well connected to the various Council Members (these may be Trustees, friends, Labor Union members or key community members,) and ask them to call the Council members to ask them to include in their budget memos that Arts and Culture are a high priority and that they seek to fully fund Penny for the Arts. Stories about arts programs and audience engagement in THEIR districts are also extremely valuable.
We are interested in results. Once you or your delegate has made contact with the Trustees, please let us know which of the Councilmembers respond and what they say by sending information to SDRACC Association Manager Jessica Amaya at firstname.lastname@example.org
On October 18, 2017, the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture launched its billion-dollar arts announcement (read Local Art Nonprofits Generate over $1 Billion in Economic Activity) with an exciting presentation by Vice President of Research and Policy of Americans for the Arts, Randy Cohen.
Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 provides evidence that the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a significant industry in the City of San Diego—one that generates $1.1 billion in total economic activity.
The results of the study for the City of San Diego and the Balboa Cultural District are available for public use. Click on the links below to access the reports.
Balboa Park Cultural District Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 Report
City of San Diego Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 Report
The Arts: San Diego’s Billion-Dollar Industry
Why Investing in the Arts Matters to San Diego Now
Keynote Speaker: Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy, Americans for the Arts, Washington DC
Americans for the Arts has conducted the most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry in the United States. Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy will present the results of the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5Report and San Diego’s billion dollar impact with a special report on Balboa Park.
Presented with the support of the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition, the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, and the Balboa Park Conservancy.
When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 10:00am – 11:30am
Where: Museum of Photographic Arts, Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater
1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92110
Space is limited! RSVP today
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.
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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Continue reading SDRACC Recommendations to SD Commission for Arts and Culture for FY19 Guidelines & Panel Processes
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.