by Patricia Frischer
Creative Corp Program was announced last year and is finally coming
to San Diego County. It comes in two parts, the first directly for artists and
a few months later for nonprofit organizations and governments units to regrant
to artist. This funding was conceived as a help to the creative community much
as the WPA was formed in 1935 to lift the country out of the Great Depression
by reforming the financial system and restoring the economy.
Far South/Border North: Artists and Cultural Practitioners in Community (FSBN) was conceived by the City of San Diego for the SD county with its regional partners in Imperial county as a California Creative Corps arts program.
FSBN provides funded through a $4.75 million California Creative Corps grant from the California Arts Council. This is to develop and implement media, outreach, and engagement campaigns that address one or more of the program’s goals.
- public health to stop the spread of COVID-19 and associated diseases or health disparities
- water and energy conservation, climate mitigation, and emergency preparedness, relief, and recovery
- civic engagement, including election participation; and 4) social justice and community engagement.
Approximately 115 Artists will receive approximately $33,333 which includes $25,000 for artist/cultural practitioner fees and $8,333 for project costs. They will get mentorship through a Social Impact Hub established to provide technical assistance and other support services. The full guidelines will be coming soon and application portal will open on February 15, 2023. For nonprofit organizations and governments units to regrant to artist another portal opens May 2023. The actual program will run for two years from May 1,2023 to April 30, 2024
These public awareness campaigns are only for communities ranked in the lowest quartile of the California Healthy Places Index for San Diego and Imperial counties.
The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture has partnered with Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties, The San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition (the application administer), The San Diego Foundation, and five nonprofit social service and community development organizations.