City of San Diego Increases Arts Funding by over $2.5 Million

Mayor Faulconer signed the Fiscal Year 2017 budget June, 2016 for the City of San Diego.  The arts saw an increase in over $2.5 million from last year!

City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture Adopted Budgets:

FY16: $12,552,130

FY17: $15,139,801

MANY congratulations are in order to leaders in the arts community, City Councilmembers, and YOU! Stay tuned for information about an Arts and Culture Community Advocacy Celebration, coming up in just a few weeks.

Our work on the FY17 City of San Diego budget is ALMOST done…as soon as you extend your thanks!



Please reach out to Mayor Faulconer, each Councilmember, and each Commissioner to say ‘thank you.’ A quick email or a letter will do!


Links to Contact Information:

•           Mayor Faulconer

•           City of San Diego Councilmembers

•           City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture – list of Commissioners; Commission Office Address: 1200 Third Ave., Ste. 924; San Diego, CA 92101



You can thank Councilmember Gloria for making the motion to increase arts funding during the final budget hearing on Monday and Councilmembers Alvarez, Cole and Emerald for putting an additional $1.2 million to the arts in their budget priority memos.

Penny for the Arts Update

Great News! 

On Monday, the San Diego City Council voted unanimously to include the Penny for the Arts Blueprint in the City Council Budget Priorities memorandum that will be sent to Mayor Filner for his consideration in developing San Diego’s proposed FY14 budget.


This is a big step in the right direction, but our work is not done!  You can count on the SDRACC to keep you up to date on the City’s FY14 budget.  But in the meantime, we encourage you to take just a few minutes to thank each Council Member for his/her unanimous support of A Penny for the Arts’ inclusion in the City’s Budget Priorities memorandum.

Please send thank you emails to:

Jan. 24 – General Membership Meeting with Mayor Filner!

Please join us for our

 General Membership Meeting

with Special Guest Mayor Bob Filner 


Thursday, January 24, 2013 

8:30am – 10:00am

Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center  

Multi-Purpose Room (part of the Performing Arts Center complex) 

6845 University Ave. | San Diego, CA | 92115  

(Please see below for detailed map)


RSVP by Tuesday, January 22 to:

Victoria Hamilton Steps Down after 24 Years of Service

November 2, 2012

City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture Executive Director Victoria Hamilton will step down from her role at the end of the month.  Victoria has been an incredible asset to San Diego’s arts and culture community for more than two decades, building the City’s arts funding programs from the ground up.  She has also been an invaluable partner to the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition as we advocate in support of the arts.

Victoria’s contributions to the San Diego arts community are numerous, from initiating the Cultural Tourism Program partnership with ConVis, a Public Art Master Plan, a Cultural Diversity Plan, and the Annual Economic and Community Impact Report we all know and love; to the recent City Council adoption of the five-year Penny for the Arts Blueprint. We are all grateful for her leadership and service to the arts.  Victoria will be greatly missed in her current role.

In partnership with the Commission for Arts and Culture, the Coalition will be organizing a public tribute to celebrate Victoria’s remarkable career.  Details forthcoming.


Official Press Release





On Monday, October 22, the City Council approved a five-year blueprint for A Penny for the Arts, which will more than double the Commission for Arts and Culture’s budget by 2017 to fund arts and arts education programs, cultural tourism promotion, special events (like the Balboa Park Centennial in 2015), deferred maintenance on arts facilities and public art. 


Five years ago we could have never anticipated this kind of overwhelming support from the City Council.  We are grateful to the entire Council for a unanimous approval of this plan, to Mayor Sanders for supporting it throughout the process, and particularly to Councilmember Lorie Zapf for spearheading this issue.


Thank you for playing a vital role in making this possible.  Together, we have made great strides for San Diego’s arts and culture community!  Congratulations to all!    


** Please click on the “Action” tab above for more information to sending thank you emails to City Council Members and Mayor Sanders!

Help restore A Penny for the Arts! Contact the San Diego City Council members by Oct. 19!

Great news to share!

On Monday, October 8 the proposal for A Penny for the Arts was unanimously approved by San Diego City Council’s Economic Development and Strategies Committee! Councilmembers Emerald, Faulconer, Lightner and Zapf all voiced their support to restore arts and culture funding from the City of San Diego to a full penny of the TOT revenue from every dollar spent by tourists at city hotels.


What’s next?

The next step is approval from the full City Council, which will put the five-year, A Penny for the Arts plan into effect.  We are now one critical step closer to achieving the four key recommendations in the plan:


1. Restore Funding to the Organizational Support (OSP) and Creative Communities San Diego (CCSD) Allocation Programs.


2. Re-establish the Arts and Culture Festival Revolving Fund with an immediate focus on the 2015 Celebration, including Celebration planning, exhibitions and performances.


3. Support Special Projects and Initiatives:

    • Allocate funds for restoration and improvements of cultural facilities throughout the City. This is not limited to City-owned property!
    • Invest in cultural tourism marketing initiatives and partnerships


4. Contribute annual allocations to the Public Art Fund:

    • New public artworks and improved access to the City’s public art collection
    • Funds to maintain and restore current collection



The next City Council meeting takes place on Monday, October 22nd, and the Commission is on the agenda to make the case for A Penny for the Arts.


Before Friday, October 19, the most effective and strategic way you can assist is to email or call the Council members and express your support – particularly those who did not already vote in the October 8 committee meeting. In your communication with Council members, please reinforce that recipients of the Organizational Support Program serve constituents in every district of San Diego. Please let these Council members know if you serve schools or students in their district!

Click here for a letter template.


Below please find the contact information for all City Council members.


PRIORITY: Contact these Council members who have NOT yet weighed in:

District 4: Council President Tony Young:
(619) 236-6644; 

District 3: Councilmember Todd Gloria: (619) 236-6633;

District 5: Councilmember Carl DeMaio: (619) 236-6655;

District 8: Councilmember David Alvarez: (619) 236-6688;


Contact and thank these Council members for supporting A Penny for the Arts at the Oct. 8 meeting and ask for their continued support:


District 1: Councilmember Sherri S. Lightner: (619) 236-6611;

District 2: Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer: (619) 236-6622;

District 6: Councilmember Lorie Zapf: (619) 236-6616;

District 7: Councilmember Marti Emerald: (619) 236-6677;


We need you there!
Please plan to attend the October 22nd meeting to show your support. The number of arts supporters in the audience will make a difference! The meeting will begin at 2:00pm at City Hall: 202 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101.


The support of each and every one of you, your colleagues, Board members, volunteers and friends is CRUCIAL to ensuring that arts and culture funding is restored to San Diego.  Be a part of history by taking action now!


Every Arts Group Benefits When You Support A Penny for the Arts!




San Diego Regional Arts and Cultural Coalition

Seema Sueko and Alan Ziter, Co-Chairs

Tune in to KPBS Midday Edition Today at 12:40pm!

In just a few weeks, San Diego voters will select a new mayor and city administration. The third part in KPBS Midday Edition’s series of interviews <> shows what arts and culture leaders are hoping for in a new mayor.

Today (Wednesday, Sept. 26) at 12:40 pm, tune in to KPBS Midday Edition to hear local arts and culture leaders talk about what could make San Diego’s arts and culture community better, and how a new administration could improve this area throughout the county.

Links to the two previous interviews:
Business Leaders

Environmental Leaders




Thursday, September 27, 2012 | 8:30am

Cygnet Theatre

4040 Twiggs Street | San Diego, CA 92110


It’s election season! Find out how YOU can have an impact on San Diego’s arts and culture community at this critical time by attending San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition’s quarterly General Membership Meeting. All are welcome!

RSVP to Erin Knight at with your name and affiliation.