The following is a letter I wrote to thank and support our county supervisors who are moving forward in supporting the arts with a designated staff and office for arts and culture when the June county budget is passed. Feel free to copy this and send it to your own district supervisor who are all holding information meetings about the upcoming budget. (see below for dates)
Dear County Supervisor Lawson-Remer, Fletcher, Vargas, Desmond and Anderson,
We would like to thank you each and your fellow county supervisors for the unanimous support you are giving the arts and culture community in San Diego. We truly appreciate the efforts of Supervisor Fletcher and Vargas in championing the move to allocating funds for building an administrative structure on a county wide basis.
At this time, we want to confirm that we are in support of the 2022 budget including the new Office of Economic Development and Government Affairs (EDGA) to coordinate regional efforts through the creation of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). We are particularly happy that the Office of Arts and Culture and its staff are ideally placed in the new Economic Development and Prosperity division of EDGA which will be implementing the county wide coordination and arts and culture initiatives.
We are looking forward to seeing details of these strategies and the posting of these vital staff positions which need professional art experience at this high level. These positions as well as the arts and culture commissioners need to be equitably available and filled. We applaud your effort to make this a vital part of your mission enabling diversity to flourish.
We are here to support you and the county in approving this budget and we are here to play any role in aiding or advising you through future white papers about this office by calling on the expertise of our many colleagues.
With kindest regards,
Founder/Coordinator, San Diego Visual Arts Network
A database of 2500 visual arts resources and calendar, reports and support information produced to improve the clarity, accuracy and sophistication of discourse about San Diego's artistic and cultural life, dedicated to the idea that the Visual arts are a vital part of the health of our county.
Monday May 23: District 3 Lawson Remer
Tuesday May 31:District 4 Fletcher
Thursday, June 2 District 1 Vargas
Monday June 6, District 5, Desmond
Wednesday, June 8 District 2, Anderson