San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and District 6 City Councilmember Lorie Zapf will be hosting a press conference tomorrow morning to announce A Penny for the Arts – Five-Year Blue Print.  


Featured speakers include Mayor Sanders,  Councilmember Zapf, Councilmember Carl DeMaio and City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture Chair Vicki Reed.



A Penny for the Arts Press Conference 

The San Diego Museum of Art | Balboa Park

Thursday, October 18 | 11:00am 


We encourage your attendance and support.





San Diego Regional Arts and Cultural Coalition

Seema Sueko and Alan Ziter, Co-Chairs



Saturday, September  29, 2012 | Starts at 10:00am
Ingram Plaza in Liberty Station
Your Voice, Your Event!


VOSD created Politifest because San Diegans deserve a festival where the whole family can spend the day learning about their city – while having fun.


What other festival can offer this?

* Lincoln/Douglas-style mayoral debate
* Idea Tournament, presented by SDG&E, where citizens compete to present their

   solutions to San Diego’s biggest challenges
* Kid Zone complete with mini-voter booths
* City 101 Speed Sessions where you can learn about important issues in minutes
* Live music
* Stone Brewing Co. beer garden and food trucks
* Dozens of community booths from innovative local nonprofits – come check us out!


SDRACC will have a booth at Politifest and we are looking for volunteers!  Please contact Erin Knight at if you are willing and able to man the booth for a few hours. Thank you!


Get out and do more, see more and play more

during the month of October


October is when arts and culture take center stage in San Diego! Fall for the Arts is a month-long spotlight on the many vibrant arts and cultural activities throughout the region in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month.

Special programs, discounts, incentives and activities will be offered throughout the region providing countless opportunities to experience the arts in San Diego. Fall for the Arts will feature free open art studios, galleries and performances. Local arts and culture organizations are presenting hundreds of free (and almost free!) events to ensure you can get more bang for your buck! Dance, art, film, music, food trucks, and innovative experiences will be offered throughout the NTC Arts & Cultural District.

Fall for the Arts officially kicks off with a free community-wide celebration at Friday Night Liberty at NTC @ Liberty Station – Friday, October 5th, 5pm -10 pm. The launch of the month-long celebration of arts and culture in San Diego will feature free open art studios, galleries and performances.  Enjoy an evening of FREE dance, art, film, music, food trucks and innovative experiences throughout the NTC Arts & Cultural District.  An added attraction will be ART BOXED SD: A PODS® PROJECT, a portable, curated exhibition highlighting local contemporary artists who will create thought-provoking immersive or participatory art experiences inside a PODS, Inc. storage container.

San Diego Alliance for Arts Education Update

School Board Candidate Views on Arts Education: A Quick Survey

May 31, 2012

While most of us have been focused on the Mayoral race, we’ve kind of overlooked the upcoming school board elections. Two Sub-Districts are up for re-election and one is an open seat. Sub-District’s A, D and E are in some residents’ primary ballot books this year. While not everyone will have these candidates on their Primary Election Ballots next week. We will all have a chance to vote on some of these candidates in November for the run-off. So pay attention. Continue reading San Diego Alliance for Arts Education Update

Spread the News: It’s Your City, and Your Arts Scene

by Christopher Ashley
Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune July 25, 2010

“Our cultural ecosystem has quietly flourished over the past two decades, yielding vibrant centers for live theater, visual arts, dance, opera, classical and contemporary music. We have a staggering number of pioneering artists, quality arts organizations, adventurous audiences and committed supporters. San Diego is at the tipping point of becoming a major, nationally recognized arts center. Yet even now, whenever I ask San Diegans what distinguishes us from other cities, our arts scene rarely makes the Top 10. It is up to us to change that.”

Read the full piece here.

Arts in Crisis, Funding Needed

by John Eger,
Published July 8, 2010 in The San Diego Union-Tribune

“Today the arts are being cut to one of the lowest points in history…As demand for a new workforce to meet the challenges of a global knowledge economy is rapidly increasing, nothing could be more important in this period of our nation’s history than art and an art infused education. It may seem ludicrous to say it, but we really need to be spending more on the arts and art education. Much more.”

Read the full Op-Ed in the San Diego Union-Tribune

New Campaign to Promote Arts and Culture

The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the San Diego Foundation have partnered on a multi-faceted initiative designed to assist arts and culture organizations to survive the economic downturn and ultimately thrive in a new world economy as part of their Survive and Thrive Initiative. Additional support is provided by the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau (ConVis), California Arts Council, San Diego Grantmakers and other funders.

Click here to see the campaign on the ConVis website:

Want Job Creation? Try the Arts

by San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition Chair Dalouge Smith
Published March 1, 2009 in The San Diego Union-Tribune

“Our local officials, especially in the city of San Diego, now have the chance to give congressional members a lesson in leadership by maintaining stable funding for arts and culture to mitigate further job and program losses. Investing in the economic strength of San Diego’s cultural assets is an investment in our financial and civic future….”

Read the full Op-ed in The San Diego Union-Tribune