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Legacy is the long-lasting impact you leave on the world. For those of us in the arts community that might mean art works, accomplishment in art advocacy, discoveries of new techniques.
We are remembered by those who know us and live after, but how is it preserved in other more concrete ways? I am going to concentrate on the visual arts and a body of art works.
Archiving your 2 and 3-D art means documentation and that is a constant challenge of changing technology. An inventory systems used to mean means photos, transparencies and slides then digital on floppies, cd, flash drives and now stored in the cloud. It is an enormous amount of work to capture true images and adding size, medium, year, location, owner. I might just wait until the is a voice recognition AI system. A catalogue raisonné is never complete until you are no longer making new work.
But just recording label details does not give a context for the work. The relevant history might include what was happening in the news at the time of creation, who did you know personally that encourage your career, or how the community and your location affected the art could be just as important. Saving books, catalogues, invitation cards, price list, sales invoice, and audio and video recordings could add to the story.
Part of a final legacy could be a retrospective exhibition. The right time for that could vary from person to person and depending on your reputation. A curator could help an audience see older work is a new perspective. Borrowing work from client has advantages and disadvantage. Your collector might feel that it increases the prestige of their collection to have work they owned included. The work might have to be cleaned, crated, shipped and insured, all very expensive operations.
One of the biggest hurdles of a legacy is what happens to unsold work. Who inherits the work and will they value it. Giving art away to individuals means you have to find out what they want instead of deciding for them. Arts Institution that have permanent collections and want your work are not so easy to find unless you are famous or can provide finances for storage in perpetuity.
If you have the money, one solution is to form an Artist’s Foundation or leave money in your will for this to happen with an appointed administrator. This could be a family member or an art professional. Besides climate controlled storage, the foundation has to be funded for promotion, preservation, restoration, and curation.
Besides my art work, I have other forms of legacy to consider: my role in restarting of the County of SD Commission of Culture, founder and coordinator of San Diego Visual Arts Network, years and years of blogs and art reporting, and presenter of the prestigious SD Art Prize
What is your legacy? Are you an Art Activist or one that bears witness to the truth> are you an Artist Philanthropist when you give your are to worth causes.Or maybe you are a be here now sort of person, who is happy to let the cards fall where they may.
Advocacy Issues for the region of San Diego , Illustrations by Keith Haring (Broad Museum)
National Release of Americans for the Arts’ Arts and Economic Prosperity 6 Study: Read the SDVAN summary report. Not a Nicety, a Necessity: The Arts & Economic Prosperity Report AEP6by Patricia Frischer
On September 21, AB 812 (Boerner) Housing development approvals : reserving affordable units in or near a cultural district for artists was enrolled and presented to the Governor. AND he signed it!!!
The Hillcrest Community Plan includes the creation of the LGBTQ+ Cultural District which enshrines Hillcrest as the heart San Diego's LGBTQ+ community. The plan includes the creation of interpretive elements throughout the neighborhood that tell the story of the community; a certification program to protect and support cultural institutions and businesses; the formalization of the Hillcrest Entertainment District (to make sure new residents aren't surprised when they move in next to a popular drag night); and a creative walking tour throughout the neighborhood.
The 2023 nationwide Nonprofit Workforce Survey highlights that the non-profit workforce shortage is a growing and critical issue: 74.6% of nonprofits reported job vacancies and 51.7% reporting that they have more vacancies now than before the COVID-19 pandemic . We need more qualified people to fill these jobs.
The board of California Arts Advocates (CAA) just voted that a priority for our 2024-25 legislative session will be to lobby for a $20 million local assistance funding increase to CAC. Sign up here for their action alerts.
SMU DataArts , the National Center for Arts Research, proudly released the Arts Vibrancy Index Report in its seventh iteration, celebrating arts-vibrant communities across the United States even as they grapple with the ongoing realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.
October is National Arts and Humanities Month but AB 1382 (Quirk Silva) State-designated cultural districts did not move forward and so is dead. What a pity.
If you live in District 4 don’t forget to research and vote for your County Supervisor Candidate on Nov. 7 special election, San Diego City Councilwoman Monica Montgomery Steppe , a Democrat, and community activist Amy Reichert , a Republican, are both on the ballot.
The California Arts Council (CAC) Programs Policy Committee has made their recommendations public in the CAC packet published in advance of the virtual council meeting on October 25. To read just the committee report, please download here. An important component is restricting grants to organizations with budgets less than $3 million. You can make a public comment on this by visiting this page or to learn how to make a public comment during the meeting.
We present here a few of the photographs from our Hats ON: 20th Anniversary Celebration for San Diego Synergy Arts Network. We thank the many documenters that sent us images to share with you including: Tera Gardner, Jerri Nachman, Jim Bliesner, Marjorie Pezzoli, Marti Krane, Claire Slattery, Blanca Lucia Bergman.
Our deep gratitude to all of your who came, ate, danced, bid, volunteered and made this a night to remember. We are including: San Diego Synergy Arts Network Volunteers! Just a few of the more than 45 volunteers that helped put on our Celebration/ Remember we are a 100% volunteer organization. Proclamation from SD County and State, Entertainers, Food and Guest. Enjoy this photo documentation of our 20 years in Time Line and Celebration Blog.
Here is a sample: Good news is that I have set up a fan and light right by my bed now so I can cool off and take breaks and I can read at night. We put the dining room table back together last night so I have a staging area for what I want to bring back. 12 screws and some planning on our part…I had to google how to put together a Regency two pedestal wood antique dining table and it helped me figure it out. Those regency people were clever.
I slept 12 hours last night so I am in proper jet lag instead of the sleep deprived first phase. Darwin and I both were so sore this morning, but hoping to loosen up during the day. We actually have a touch of sunshine now. Opps, now it is gone, but we might try and leave the flat in the next few days. The tenants pretty much stripped the flat even took the mirror that was screwed to the wall, but I could care less as I am probably not a pretty site right now. However, I have found some glamour shots from the past.
More...Read the complete diary with illustrationSDVAN/Synergy 20th Anniversary Celebration HATS ON!
My attention was caught today with an email from Artsyabout the market for women artists. It is a three part series including The Late Women Artists Garnering Art Market Attention reporting that l ast year auction sales in deceased women artists grew by 109% . We all think this is about time.
That led me to the second part and in The State of the Market for Women Artists’ Work we learn that $11 billion worth of artwork was sold at auction in 2022: $9.7 billion was male, only $1 billion was women. That is just 9.3%. No women were in the top 50 most expensive. Two were in the top 100 and 50 were in the top 500. Not so great.
How about sales for women artists born after 1975 reported the The Ultra-Contemporary Women Artists at the Forefront of the Art Market . The real growth for these women was in 2020 where they went from about $49 million to $220 million that is a whopping 339%. The split between men and women in sales was 56.1% male vs. 43.6% female. BUT if you look at artist born after 1985 the split reverses 63.8% for women to only 36% for men.
That is when I went further down the rabbit hole and saw that Black Women Artists Black like Lynette Yiadom-Boakyeand Jennifer Packer are in this mix. I found videos on both women, one from the Tate in London and one from The Whitney in New York which were both fascinating. I have been wanting to respect both Black History Month and Women’s History Month in some way and I hope you find this a satisfying journey to enter both worlds at once. Both women are figurative artists which cements the view that the figure is back! To see the videos please link here.
The California 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.
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.
State of the Arts 2023- DEI, Money for the Arts and Women Arts Leaders
It has been booming time for government funding. I am struck by the amount of money that it is pouring into the arts. At first, I thought it was due to the pandemic and the arts being struck so severely. But I had another idea. Do you think it is possible that people are gaining confidence that the arts actually can bring solutions to so many of the current social issues? Those of us in the arts have always known that arts and culture can go where others cannot. Still, I am impressed with how much money is being directed our way, much of which is earmarked for the underserved and for education.
Here are just some examples sums coming to the arts:
Federal Funding: A 15% funding increase to both the NEA/NEH of $27 million to bring the total to from the Senate to $207 million. A $26.8 million increase to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). A first-time ever budget allocation of $10 million in the Department of Defense to support creative art therapy programs at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence. More than $66 million in direct project funding, also known as congressional earmarks , was awarded to over 68 arts organizations across the country. Level funding of $36.5 million was allocated to the Department of Education’s Assistance for Arts Education programs.
San Diego and Imperial Counties : $4.5M for Creative Corp.
Encinitas : $7M Pacific View Art Center
And you can’t complain about the fact that Women are still trending in the Visual Arts in San Diego. There are a whole new crop of women taking important positions in the Visual Arts in our County: Jessica Berlanga Taylor, new director of UCSD Stuart Collection, Jessica York new Executive Director of the Mingei, Elizabeth Yang-Heelewell new EEO of New Children Museum, Felicia Shaw new Executive director of San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition, Lauren Lockhart new Executive Director of the La Jolla Historical Society and Gina Lopez new Chief Executive Officer for California Center for the Arts Escondido and Christie Mitchell new executive director of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
They are joining Women Museum DirectorsMaria Mingalone at OMA, Roxana Velásquez at SDMA, Deborah Klochko at MOPA, and Kathryn Kanjo at MCASD. There are so many women running municipal and sales galleries in the county including Sonya Sparks at Sparks Gallery, Ellen Speert at PHES Gallery, Karen McGuire at Cannon Gallery, Alessandra Moctezuma at Mesa College Gallery, Melissa Inez Walker at Distinction Gallery, Julie Weaverling at Front Porch Gallery, Lynn Susholtz at Art Produce, Blanca Bergman at Art Unites, Sandi Cottrell at Art Walk, Jennifer de Poyen at Space4Art, Julia McMeans at ArtsBusXpress, Wendy Wilson at the Bonita Museum, Julie Fister at Studio Aceand Dinah Poellnitz at Hillcrest Country Club. Both Madison and Adelman Galleries are run by women.
There are women writers in the arts like Julie Dixon Evans, Lonnie Burstein Hewitt, Lisa Deaderick, and Elizabeth Rooklidge, pluslots of great curators like Daniella Susella and Chi Essary and PR agents like Toni Robbin. There are legions of women art administrator who are working for the SD County cities, and libraries and the airport like Bonnie Domingos at the Central Library, Giang Myers at the new County Office of Art and Culture, Lara Bullock at the City of SD Commission for Arts and Cultureand recently appointed curator for the SD Art Prize. Naimeh Tahna Woodward runs the Encinitas Friends of the Arts and Collette Murphy does arts admin at the City of Encinitas. Let’s not forget Naomi Nussbaum who runs Synergy Arts Foundation, and their sister non-profit The San Diego Visual Arts Network coordinated by me, Patricia Frischer.
2023 past A+ Art Blogs including:
2022 past A+ Art Blogs including:
SDVAN New Normal Cookbook: Eating Your Art In
Selling the Soul
California Creative Corps Pilot Program Development Update
A Red Letter Day with the passage of a proposal for a County Commission for Arts and Culture
The Blue Economy
VAPA Asks: What is your superpower?
On the Occasion of our 200th SDVAN RAW Column
Simply the Best: A Step Too Far and actually quite dangerous!
A Tale of Two Learnings
Finger on the Pulse
State of the Arts 2021: San Diego Creative Industry by the Numbers
2020 past A+ Art Blogs including
Artist Guide to Surviving the Pandemic: 5 things you can do which will keep you working
Understanding AB 2257, Follow Up Legislation to AB 5, and Its Impact on the Arts Sector
Guiding Principles and Manifestos
San Diego + Imperial counties Regional Conversation Summary
2020 Brain Candy: A Virtual Salon Series – The Curators
The Power of Art Part 2
The Power of Art
It's Not Easy, Being Difficult
Remember when Corona was a Cigar or a Beer
Constance White at The Residency Project in Pasadena
The Role of the Arts in Defining Democracy
State of the Arts California, 2020
2019 past A+ Art Blogs including
Who wants to be a millionaire artist?
Immigration, Migration, Integration: SD Chinese Historical Museum
Isolationist or Globalist?
Birthing a New Art Organization
Three Things You Need to Know
Passport to Dance produced by Encinitas Friends of the Arts
Life Doesn't Frighten Me: Hope Inspired through Art at Fallbrook Library
The Cotwolds: Purton and Cirencester
Modern Couples at the Barbican
Great Big Indian Wedding: Cultural event that ends my year!
India: Monuments and Museums
India: Modern and Contemporary Art
Barnsley House Hotel and Spa
State of Mind, State of the Arts, 2019
2018 past A+ Art Blogs including
2016 Past A+Art Blogs including
2015 Past A+ Art Blog including
Mural by Paola Villasenor at SDAI and Art Fair Miami
Turn on, chill out and Pop up
Incubator for Innovation - final 9 teams for San Diego
London Journal 1: Tate Britain Folk Art
London Journal 2: Horst at the Victoria and Albert Museum
London Journal 3:Today's Special: Pace Gallery, Tate Modern Matisse
London Journal 4: National Portrait Gallery and Saatchi
London Journal 5: London Fashion Week and London Design Show at Tent and Super Brands
London Journal 6: Gilbert and George, Boyd and Evans, Anslem Kiefer and AI WEIWEI
A Call to Action
SD Fringe Festival Art Exhibition at Ten Street Art Center
ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems at the Ruben H. Fleet Science Museum
Deborah DeLisi and One Minute Mandalas at SDVAN sponsored Mission Federal ArtWalk
DNA of Creativity Introduction at Oceanside Museum of Art
Notes on Aesthetics and Authenticity Symposium
SD Art Prize has its roots in the Turner Prize
2013 Past A+Art Blog including
State of the Arts: The Rise of the Living Artist, 2013
New Art at the SD Airportt: Flying High
San Diego Incubator for Innovation
Arts Leaders Motivations
Politics and Art in San Diego
Art Eats Food
Alternative Materials Panel Discussion - Sparks Gallery
London Art Newsletter 2013
San Diego: Identity Crisis or Identity Opportunity? March 2013
Palm Springs Art Fair, Feb, 2013
Corporate Collecting Book Review, Jan 2013
2012 Past A+Art Blog including
2009 Past A+ Art Blogs including
2008 Past A+ Art Blogs including
2007 Past A+ Art Blogs including
2006 Past A+ Art Blogs
PATRICIA FRISCHER, author of "The Artist and the Art of Marketing" has lectured extensively on marketing for artists. She is a trainer of artists’ agents, art dealers, consultant and collectors. Frischer has taken on the roles of gallerist, curator, writer, teacher, website coordinator and artist. Her many metamorphoses make her difficult to fit into any of the usual art world categories. She is a founding member and coordinator of the San Diego Visual Arts Network, (www.SDVAN.net ) which funds the SD Art Prize, directory and events calendar and SmART Collector features. Her own artwork (www.DrawsCrowd.com ) has been shown internationally and her most recent one person show was at Oxford University.