By Patricia Frischer
Any 10 am meeting starts with networking and
coffee. The meeting on Jan 25 at the Museum of Photographic Arts (lobby and
theater) was a gathering of the great and good of the arts and culture world
and both coffee and networking were flowing freely. This is a vital part of any
gathering and is what greases the wheels of collaboration. The master of
ceremonies Lee Ann Kim did a brilliant job of continuing that
intimate exchange with her knowledge of the arts and her natural charisma.
|Lee Ann Kim
She introduced San Diego Poet Laureate, Jason
Magabo Perez who with his very potent words represented the entire
community that is unheard. I love the
idea of a poet always taking the place of a pledge of alliance or a blessing.
|Jason Magabo Perez
The keynote speaking addressing the topic of
the results of Arts
and Economic Prosperity report in its 6 iteration was American for the
Arts Vice President of Research and Policy Randy Cohen. Mr.
Cohen is the arts cheer leader demonstrating that the arts mean business and he
has loads of statistic and stories to show why that it is important. San Diego County's nonprofit arts and culture sector is a$1.4 billion industry, supporting 19,771 jobs and generating nearly $321 million in tax
revenue for local, state and federal governments. You can
see the summary of the national launch in our SDVAN report Not a Nicety, a Necessity:
The Arts & Economic Prosperity Report AEP6 by Patricia Frischer.
He added a nice story in this talk about the disappearance
of the Mona Lisa when it was stolen and not recovered for 2 years. More people
went to the Louvre during that two-year period to see the empty space then had
attended the Louvre in the last 5 years together. People do miss art when it is
not there and we are grateful to everyone who has come back to the arts since
the pandemic. But that is the big economic down turn...attendance, not the
money the arts spend to create jobs. And attendance, hopefully is now on the
The very well-respected Kelly Purvis, the
very first contract Arts Administer for the city of Coranado, produced a video (coming soon) promoting many of the statistic and the
entire county’s arts and culture programs.
Jonathon Glus, ED of the City of SD
Commission for Arts and Culture and Maria Mingalone, director of the
Oceanside Museum of Art reminded us all of the huge effort to collect all the
data and how that was spread between 7 cities and 2 cultural districts.
Suggestions were made to do this more than once every 5 years in a very simplified
way and a plea for the entire county to be involved 5 years from now.
|Jonathon Glus, Maria Mingalone
The third member of the panel was Randy
Cohen and when asked what sets San Diego apart from other arts destination,
he said it was diversity, authenticity and enthusiasm.
|Randy Cohen, Steve Lockett, Leslee Gaul, Abe Hughes
|Marti Kranzberg asking her question.
Felicia Shaw, ED of San Diego Regional Arts and
Culture Coalition --- yes, they are changing their name soon!....announced an
Emerging Leaders Advocacy training program, events held by SDRACC for April Arts
and Culture Month, and in her role as County Arts Commissioner, the
presentation of the new strategic plan for the County Arts and Culture
Commission. By the way, Jim Gilliam is the first official chairman of
that commission. Congratulation to Jim who along with Naomi Nussbaum
were so important in bringing back the county arts commission.
Jonathan Glus did the thank yous and since I was on
the confab that organized this day, I got a shout out which was very sweet. He
arranged for the gracious venue at the Museum of Photographic Arts, part of the
San Diego Museum of Art.
Lots of photo ops and more networking and we started January on a really positive note. Get involved and float your own boat on the rising tide.
Read the full press release.