San Diego Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Report

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




Action Alert – Save the National Endowment for the Arts


Today’s news confirmed that President Trump’s budget proposal calls for the elimination of The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), among other programs, in the fiscal year 2018. For a synopsis of what’s at stake, please see The National Assembly of State Arts Agency’s Statement on Proposed Elimination of the NEA. Click here to read a statement from Jane Chu, Chair of the NEA.

To protect the NEA, contact your local representative with a special focus on Republican legislators in San Diego County and urge them to save the NEA by calling or sending the following message:

Dear Congressman (NAME): I am writing on behalf of (xyz organization or individual), and as a member of the San Diego Regional Arts & Culture Coalition, to thank you for your continued support of arts and culture in your district. We respectfully request that you reject the misguided proposal from the Administration to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts. As an (organization, artist, arts donor), the NEA has (tell your story here). Thank you.

Congressman Darrell Issa

Send an Email or call (760) 599-5000

Congressman Duncan Hunter

Send an Email or call (619) 448-5201

San Diego County Congressional Map – Know Your Congressman

Also, please take a few minutes to sign the petition to save the NEA


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



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!