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RAW April 2022

The Beloved’s Garden of Oneness is a free cross-cultural & Interfaith Art exhibition of the Oneness of Existence through the universal language of ART! This multi-faceted artistic project consists of a visual art exhibition, collaborative Public Art creation, as well as an evening of musical and artistic performances on Sat, May 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center (1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas, 92024)

Art Reports by or about SDVAN

The Aging Magician Brings Multimedia Magic to San Diego Picked RAW Peeled by  Lonnie Burstein Hewitt 
Second Coming: MCASD now open in time for Easter Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Every Picture Tells a Story at Art Produce Gallery Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt

Surface Tension at ICA Central
Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Sparks Gallery and Bread and Salt March update plus a little vinyl record art Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Trip to the New Mingei Museum Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Art Prize boosts local artists , Union Tribune by Seth Combs
San Diego Visual Arts Network Awards Two SDSU Professors 2022 San Diego Art Prize
, by Allison Cone
SD Visual Arts Network Announces 2022 San Diego Art Prize Winners
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Xboxlivesscores and ArtPhoto , HeadWearHub
Professor Wins San Diego Art Prize , Get About Columbia

 Art Resource Focus
Compassionate Arts in Action (Artists, Teachers, Scientists, Families) by Kira Carrillo Corser 

A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer
How are the arts doing: Americans for the Arts Survey?

 Our banner this month is in support of Patti’s Spirit Lives! 40 Year Art Retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Balboa Park on view from April 28 th to May 1 st. A celebration of Patti Cooprider’s life (1940-2021), and a chance to support by donation to the Patti’s Spirit Lives! KidsArtEd Fund . A display of Patti’s greeting cards will also be on display. VIP Donor reception on April 27 th from 5 to 7 pm. ENTRY: $250 minimum donation or $250 ICA supporter members. For more info:Coop Cooprider 858.731.9635

Remember: Hector Villegas ,  Business of Art Scholarship  recipient at  Mission Fed ArtWalk  from April 30 and May 1, 2022 in Little Italy at booth 334 produced by  Art Unites and sponsored by SDVAN. More info: Blanca Lucia Bergman

And Remember: Art Reach Art Education Charity Art Auction of 100 vinyl records will be on display at Mission Fed ArtWalk  in Little Italy on April 30th and May 1st, 2022. View Auction Items and Bid online . More info: anna@artreachsandiego.org

The San Diego Museum Art Arts Alive blooms again in a kaleidoscope of color this April 28-May 1, 2022. Talented floral designers inspired by the Museum collection, offer a brilliantly colored backdrop for a weekend of beloved traditions and art-inspired activities. Thurs, April 28 Art Alive 2022 Premiere Dinner from 6:30pm–11:30pm, Fri, April 29 is Members’ Preview from 8am –10am. and Bloom Bash from 7pm.–midnight, Art Alive Floral Exhibition Fri.10am–5:pm Sat/Sun 9am to 5pm, and Sat/Sun Garden of Activities from noon–4pm.  

Some said it would never happen but Mayor Catherine Blakespear and the Encinitas City Council has allocated $7 million to make an Art Center at the Pacific View site a reality. Planning sessions are to be completed by Sept 2022, bids submitted by the beginning of Oct and awarded at the end of Oct this year. The Art Center should be in operation by 2024 as long as the budget which was unanimously approved on April 13 is introduced on May 11 and adopted in June. ARPA funds will be used and supplement by a possible $3.5 grants through the state assembly. The mayor mentioned that this "… Public building should be open to the public…. Preliminary work has been done and now is the time…. Arts are the heartbeat of the city."  

Kinetics Art that Moves You is a STEAM inspired Art Show with 25 local artists produced by A Reason To Survive (ARTS) on until May 5 at 200 East 12th Street in National City, 91950. More info: Yvette Roman

Save the date: Encinitas Friends of the Arts presents Passport to Persian Calligraphy Performance Art on Sat June 18th- 7 pm to 9:30 pm at the Encinitas Community Center. Music/Art performance by L.A. painter Mohtadi Mirak with conceptual traditional dance by talented Kosar Abbasi , Sina Gharavi on tar and Amir Aghayi on santor. The audience will enjoy light refreshments and Persian sweets during intermission. All proceeds from this event will go toward public art and arts education in Encinitas. Tickets $40 to $50.

Our friend Naomi Nussbaum of Synergy Arts Foundation sent us this reminder to please take the time to view the video in which Mayor Todd Gloria and key leaders of Arts & Culture designate an impressive plan for the city of San Diego. This is part of the state wide April Arts and Culture Month and a declaration of the Arts Culture and Creativity Month for the City of SD. The City has also announced an 18-month design process to create a 7–10-year Cultural Plan. State wide there is a push to spend not just the current $.66 but a full dollar per person in the base line budget for the arts.

 There is an improved Encinitas Arts and Culture Events Calendar and Weekly Eblast which is a service of Encinitas Friends of the Arts. You can submit your Encinitas City arts and culture events to their calendar. Click here to be included .  

Murals of La Jolla launches Ocean Front Property in Arizona , a new mural by Rosson Crow at 925 Silverado Street which is a fantastical scene depicting a fictitious beach front location in the landlocked state of Arizona.

The final session of Preserving Chicana/o/x Art: Conversations on Conservation is on April 28 and will reflect on concepts and talking points from the previous sessions, while also providing a moment to consider what the future looks like and actionable next steps for the setting of guidelines for Chicana/o/x art conservation.

There is still time to go to the Studio Door gallery in Hillcrest for the exhibit showcasing artwork about climate change by student ARTivists aged 3 to 18. #WeBorrowTheEarthFromOurChildren runs through Apr. 30.

R.B. Stevenson Gallery is pleased to host the exhibition Balancing Act. The exhibition features new paintings and drawings, by Arizona artist Robert D. Cocke . This is the artist's fifth solo exhibition at the gallery which runs until May 17.

Lyle Ashton Harris is the 10th annual Keynote Lecturer at the Medium Festival of Photography on Saturday, May 7 in a rare west coast appearance. Tickets start at $5 for students, $10 general admission. Members of Medium Photo free.  

The need for a San Diego Black Arts and Culture District in Encanto’s Imperial Avenue area is being supported by San Diego Council President Pro Tem Monica Montgomery Steppe and California Secretary of State Shirley Weber who represented California’s 79th Assembly District for nine years. The SD City Council’s Economic Development Committee officially heard the proposal for the Black arts and culture district for the first time this month.

UCSD continues to present   artists guest lectures on Utube by interesting international artist. The latest one is by Hyphen-Labs , an international collective working at the intersection of technology, art, science, and the future to create engaging ways to explore planetary-centered design. We loved their project highlighting the need to preserve sleep by encourage people to yawn. Sleep is the last place that we are free from technology. But since you can’t be sold anything while you are asleep, there is a push to keep you awake. Sleeping then becomes a sort of protest against commercialism. Watch it at this link.

Connecting the Dots: Art by SD Community College Department faculty and staff exhibition is showing from April 26 – May 26 at San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery , Fine Arts Building, (FA103, 7250 Mesa College Dr. SD 92111) with a reception on Thurs. May 5, 4 – 7 p.m. The guest juror is Wendy Wilson-Gibson, Director of the Bonita Museum. Free.

Another county wide faculty show is Campus Creatives featuring San Diego's Fine Arts Faculty at the Center for the Arts Escondido. Wine Wednesday is coming up on May 4 from 5 to 8 pm. You can enjoy a glass of wine and assorted cheeses see the exhibition and listen to Jeff Ray and his band Taser Island. Tickets are $15-20.

The New Children’s Museum is kicking off its 10th annual Mass Creativity program with its outreach workshops at seven community centers from San Ysidro and City Heights to Vista and Barrio Logan. At each workshop in April or May, community participants will create individual Leporello (Italian) or Accordion Books, as well as a giant canvas that represents their community’s story. The seven canvases will then be displayed as the collective pages of a life-size book at The New Children’s Museum on Mass Creativity Day on June 25, 2022.

Check out the San Diego Museum Council’s guide of all the museums that have summer camp programs for 2022. This pretty much covers the whole county but go to this link for the Oceanside Museum of Art camps .

The City of San Diego is announcing Park Social – watch for news of this coming soon and participate until Nov 20 th.  

April is Arts, Culture and Creativity Month in the State of California as we all know by now. Arts+Culture: San Diego distributes posters throughout the community asking people to identify how Arts and Culture makes them feel. Balboa Park Cultural Partnership is the collaborative and advocacy group for this promotion.

Governor Newsom appointed Jonathan Moscone as the new Director of the California Arts Council (CAC). He previously served Chief Producer of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts since 2015 and a Member of the California Arts Council since 2020. CFTA acknowledges the longtime service of former CAC Director, Anne Bown-Crawford and wishes her all the best in her future endeavors.

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)

In partnership wiht the City of Encinitas, Encinitas Friends of the Arts announces Encinitas Art and Flea Market at the Pacific View Elementary school site on Saturday, July 23rd from 10 am to 3 pm. to support the activation of the Pacific View site as an art center. Vendor application   must be submitted no later than July 14th and will be on a first come first serve basis. More info: Cheryl .

The VAPA Foundation is currently seeking a full-time administrative assistantat $20-$25 an hour. Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to michael@vapafoundation.org.

RISE San Diego  and City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture are offering a Nonprofit Capacity Building Series: Seeking, Applying For, and Managing Arts Funding Opportunities . The application deadline is Thurs April 28, and the program is five 3 hour afternoon sessions and you need to attend all five from May to June 11. This will help not only with application to the City’s Commission but also to the California Arts Council.

CA Creative Corps ($55 million available)application is now open and due on May 19. Available subjects are (1) public health awareness messages to stop the spread of COVID-19; (2) public awareness related to water and energy conservation, climate mitigation, and emergency preparedness, relief, and recovery; (3) civic engagement, including election participation; and (4) social justice and community engagement. If you are looking for a non-profit to sponsor your project, please contact SDVAN as long as you are involving a visual arts component. Application links, guidelines, and more detailed program and timeline information can be found on the program’s webpage . Please note: TheGrants Overview Webinar is on May 3 at 11 am. Click here to register .

Mission Fed ArtWalk, April 30 & May 1 , deploys more than 250 volunteers to produce San Diego’s largest and longest-running fine arts festival, taking place in Little Italy.  Sign up to volunteer for the festival and you’ll have an opportunity to assist artists, greet attendees, help with the live music stages, and more.  Be part of San Diego’s thriving arts and culture scene during April, Arts Culture and Creativity Month as designated by Californians for the Arts. For information, email Carmen

Oceanside Museum of Art is making a call for artist for a Veteran Art Exhibition: Pop Smoke which will be curated by Amber Zora. The exhibition's title is a military slang term referring to throwing smoke grenades as a means of cover or escape during battle but they are looking for pop art images that are playful, humorous, lighthearted, or ironic. This is a call to artists who have formerly served in the United States armed forces, currently living in Southern California Supported by The Veterans Art Project , and  Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission . The deadline to enter is Mon, May 23. Click here to submit .

Oceanside Museum of Art2022 Art Auction on June 25 and Pop-Up Exhibition from June 18 to July 30. This is a call to artists currently living in Southern California to support the museum and be seen by juror Huge Davies. The deadline to enter is Mon, April 25. Click here to submit . No Fee!

The Athenaeum 30TH Annual Juried Exhibition call for entries is now open with the Jurors: Anita Feldman, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Education, San Diego Museum of Art and Marianela de la Hoz, Visual Artist .Submission Deadline: Fri, June 17 to show from July 30–Sept 3. Reception Fri. July 29, 6:30–8:30 PM

San Diego Public Library needs help designing their PRIDE 2022 commemorative library card. This contest is open to artists of all ages with a design that celebrates LGBTQ PRIDE. Visit a  library location  offering services for a submission form or print the form below. Grand Prize winner receives a $100 gift card and their design printed on our PRIDE library card!  Submit at the library or email scanned copy to  LGBTQIALibrary@sandiego.gov.

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The entire solo art exhibition by Micah Mariah can now be viewed online on the Thumbprint Gallery website. The show is called Spilt Milk and you guessed it, it is all cats, all the time. This is one of the most affordable shows you will ever see in La Jolla and the work is on view for all of January.

Getting started as an artist is wildly unsustainable unless you already have a financial cushion, which might come from a trust fund or sex work or a rich spouse. Molly Crabapple

Art Reports by or about SDVAN
Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Trifecta: Art, Science, Patron at La Jolla Historical Society Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Big Moments in the Arts 2021,
KPBS by Julia Dixon Evens

Gator Aid : An upcycle rescue story A+Art Blog by Patricia Frischer

Our banner is in support of Immerse the exhibition celebration at Oceanside Museum of Art on Sat, Feb 12 from 5:30-7:00pm plus afterparty (members free, visitors $10) to celebrate three new exhibitions: 2022  Artist Alliance Biennial juried by Alessandra Moctez u ma until May 1, Don Bartletti: Elusive Moments–Enduring Stories from Jan. 22 - May 1, 2022 and Oceanside Unfiltered curated by Zach Cordner Feb. 12 - May 29.

We are truly so sorry to hear of the passing of Philly Joe Swendoza (Philip Swendon). He was always a beacon of light and such a huge supporter of all things art in our San Diego Community. He with Ali Bling Bling (Alexandra Rosa) were trailblazers with ArtRocks Radio, some of the first to do podcasts. We give thanks to him and will remember him always with great fondness.

At the next Oceanside Museum of Art Artist Alliance Coffee & Conversation Meeting on Feb 6 from noon to 2, Don Reedy and Larry Vogel will demonstrate how you can create your own YouTube video for marketing purposes. Take a look at some examples on the OMA Artist Alliance's YouTube Channel . This is a FREE Artist Alliance benefit if you are a member.

Quint Gallery's ONE at Bread & Salt, (1955 Julian Ave, 92113) will begin 2022 with Roman de Salvo’s (SD Art Prize recipient) Electric Picnic Redux, originally created during a residency at San Diego’s Timken Museum in 2019. The showing ends on Feb 5.

San Diego Museum Month returns for the 33 rd year on February 1. Forty-six museums throughout San Diego County are offering half-priced admission when you present the San Diego Museum Month Pass all month long. Get passes at Macy’s or any of 75 local public libraries.

The San Diego Museum of Art will open Monet to Matisse: Impressionist Masterpieces from the Bemberg Foundation on March 19. The exhibition also includes seven exclusive pieces that have not been on view in the country before. Georges Bemberg was an Argentina-born French collector, world traveler and Harvard-trained scholar, who amassed an extraordinary collection.

The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is hoping to open in April (finally!) and to assure that the permanent collection will be reinstalled with care a NEA grant of $25,000 was secured. We are all looking forward to seeing selections from the collection mounted safely in its newly renovated and expanded facility.

A big welcome to the new executive director and CEO of The New Children's Museum , Elizabeth Yang-Hellewell, formally from the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

Imagine being completely immersed in more than 300 of the greatest works of post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh. Now imagine experiencing all of this art liberated from its two-dimensional limitations into a three-dimensional experience It’s all part of Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience , at Wyland Center at Del Mar Fairgrounds until March 6. More info: Brendi Rawlin

Surface, Substance, Structure : Selections from California Fibers on now at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido until March 6. Love the pine needle high heel shoe on skates!

How can you not love the title Herd Immunity! We all want to get there. This show is curated by Hugh Davies at SIPArt in San Marcos. More info: Vicki Walsh 858-336-6678

San Diego County Regional Arts Conversation are held on Jan 26 at 10:30 and will be talking about Cultural Arts Districts. This is held on zoom and is free by Californians for the Arts in collaboration with   California Arts Advocates,   San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition , the Oceanside Public Library and the  Oceanside CA Cultural District. 

Arts Education Resource Organization (AERO) Arts Pack published a digital version of the Arts Pack for the 2021-22 school year with program opportunities for teachers to incorporate into their curriculum. The AERO website has also been updated with a directory of programs that teachers can filter by type of event or program and when the program is available for students.

UCSD Assoc. Prof . Pinar Yoldas (The Dark Botany installation explores the tension between technophobia and technophilia through the lens of a plant world altered by human hands) & MFA Alum Crystal Z Campbell (Post Masters is an experimental film, performance, painting, and publication project considering intersections between the United States Postal System (USPS) and US Military through the lens of both Filipinx and Black histories) have both received Creative Capital Grants. Creative Capital named 50 new Creative Capital Awards for 2022 with each receiving varying amounts up to $50,000.

Zen Explored is an exhibition by Dancing Brush artist Rosemary KimBal at the Cardiff by the Sea Library from Feb 1 to April 29 th. There will be a reception March 4, 2 to 4 pm. You can also see octogenarian KimBal’s work at San Diego OASIS 50% off sale with half going to OASIS programs until the end of January. More info: kimbalrosemary@gmail.com 760-809-3763  

One of our own CA State Assemblymember Tasha Boernor Horvath will replace Assemblymember Sharon Quirk Silva as chair of the Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet media committee and Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on the Arts.

We are sad to hear of the passing of Wayne Thiebaud. His luscious paintings were one of California’s contributions to Pop Art.

Did you know California Governor Gavin Newson announced his 2022-23 budget? Once again, California faces another historic surplus with estimates of $31 Billion surplus for the 2022-23 budget . Governor Gavin Newsom budget includes the following increased general fund allocations for the California Arts Council (CAC), California’s state arts agency: $30 million in one-time funding to support and expand the California Cultural Districts program, $173,000 ongoing allocation to support literary arts initiatives, including the Poet Laureate, Youth Poet Laureate, and Poetry Out Loud programs and an amazing $50 million in one-time funding for the California Department of Parks and Recreation to create a new California Cultural and Art Installations in the Parks Program for state and local parks, in partnership with the California Arts Council. Read the budget request letter that California Arts Advocates sent to the Governor in December here .

Banksy wants to raise about 12 ½ million pounds to make the prison into an art center where Oscar Wilde was held for gross indecency from 1895-1897. Lots of arts supporters on jumping on board and this is the star power it takes to make an idea into a reality.

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)

Remember to apply for The Business of Art Scholarship , kindly fill out this  two-page application  and submit it along with five photographs of five artworks created by you to  mailto:blancaluciabergman@gmail.com  by 5:00 pm, Jan. 31, 2022. Applications will be reviewed by The Business of Art Scholarship partners and one scholarship recipient will be announced early February. For more info:  Blanca Lucia Bergman . The  San Diego Visual Arts Network  and  Mission Federal ArtWalk   are pleased to offer  The Business of Art Scholarship  for the annual Mission Fed ArtWalk event in Little Italy on April 30 and May 1, 2022. The scholarship will be awarded to one emerging visual artist who has a body of work to be shown and sold at Mission Fed ArtWalk. This year the award will be arranged by  Art Unites  and supported with a reception on Wed. March 23, 6-7:30 pm at  Sparks Gallery.   There will be a one night workshop on showing your work at ArtWalk at the Sparks Gallery on Wed. Feb 23 from 6-7:30 with special guests: expertise in photography Beto Soto, art portfolio design Nazanin Amiri Meers, marketing and graphic design T. Jay Santa Ana, and art curation Yvette Roman Bañuelos. Applicants will have first choice in this limited seating event.

Big shoes to fill from this tiny lady, as the Athenaeum announces that Erika Torri will be retiring at the end of the year. We are heartened to hear that there will be a world-wide search for her replacement, but even then, she is really going to be missed. We are happy to report, she will be staying on the SD Art Prize committee.

The City of Encinitas is looking for a ¾ part time arts assistant especially with local knowledge of the music scene but with experience in arts administration. For more info: arts@encinitasca.gov 760-633-2746  

San Diego Unified School District is looking for a full-time high school art teach er for Lincoln High. The actual start date is January 24, so they are looking to fill this position as soon as possible. This is a mid-year start due to a retirement. SDUSD has great benefits and the rewards of teaching art to students is immense! A California Teaching Credential in Visual Arts is required. For info: Russ Sperling 858-256-2700

The ArtReach upcycled Charity Art Auction this year wants you to turn your eyes and ears to vinyl records. They have 100 records to transform into 100 individual works of art. Participating artists will be featured on their social media channels and all 100 records will be exhibited in person for 100,000 art lovers at  Mission Fed ArtWalk  in Little Italy on April 30th and May 1st, 2022 with 25% of the sales prices going to the artists. Apply online by January 31 st

Kandace Crystal , Community Engagement and Partnerships Manager at San Diego Repertory Theatre is looking for artists to showcase in the Lyceum Gallery Space .  They are always looking for local artists and arts organizations to exhibit visual art that encourages dialogue and engagement around the REP mission or the themes of the plays on their stages . They are looking for African, Chinese, comic book style, and/or urban art for February.  For more info Kandace or click here .

Gallery 21 at Spanish Village Art Center is making a call for artists for its 46th Annual Small Image Show . $30 for 1-2 entries. $10 per entry thereafter up to 8 entries. Submission by Jan 15. Show Jan 28 to Feb 27. More info: Rosa Ruiz 619-987-7824

To celebrate the 2nd month of the year 2022 Ashton Gallery at Art on 30 th is making a call for artists for a work with two elements. The juror for the show is Chris Eckhert (art collector). There is an entry fee 2 pieces for $35 and up to 4 pieces for $45. Entries until Feb 4 for a show Feb12th - March 11 th. More info: arton30th@gmail.com

To work in museums or arts organizations or to learn how to curate your own exhibition you need the special skills taught starting Jan 31 at Mesa Collage from 9:00 am - 3:20 pm. You can complete the Museum Studies Certificate in three semesters, or earn an Associate of Arts Degree in Fine Arts - Museum Studies Emphasis.

Time to apply to two of the three SD Art Walks in 2022. Mission Fed April 30th & May 1 st and Liberty Station August 6th & 7 th. And Carlsbad will be back this year in the fall.

Liberty Station Arts District has space available starting June 1 including Barracks 2 first floor at 3,670 RSF or second floor at 5,502 RSF.   They also have Dance, Music, and Instructional studios available for lease.  More info: Alan Ziter

The CA Arts Council grant cycle begins on Jan 91. This includes: Arts & Cultural Organizations General Operating Relief - Up to $30K, Cultural Pathways - Up to $30K for two years for communities of color, recent immigrant and refugee communities, or tribal groups, Impact Projects - Up to $20K for collaborative projects for small organizations, JUMP StArts - Up to $50K for young people impacted by the justice system, Reentry Through the Arts - Up to $50K for arts projects for return residents who have experienced incarceration, State-Local Partners - Up to $60K for general operating support and technical assistance for county- designated local arts agencies plus State-Local Partner Mentorship -

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February, 2022


Hector Villegas is the recipient of the Business of Art Scholarship Picked RAW Peeled Intro by Patricia Frischer and text by Blanca Lucia Bergman

Art Reports by or about SDVAN
Hector Villegas is the recipient of the Business of Art Scholarship Picked RAW Peeled Intro by Patricia Frischer and text by Blanca Lucia Bergman
Rosemary KimBal: Zen Explored at the Cardiff by the Sea Library
Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
The Ethics of Engagement: A Conversation with Aruna D’Souza and Zoë Charlton facilitated by Andrea Chung
Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Ingram Ober and Marisol Rendón Ober start process for new art work at Beyer Park San Ysidro
Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer
Live Interview with Wang Qingsong: Social Mobility at the San Diego Museum of Art
Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer

Arts and Culture Center for Encinitas A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer

Our banner this month is in support of Hector Villegas , the Business of Art Scholarship recipients who will be featured at Mission Fed ArtWalk . Art Unites is honored to present The Business of Art Seminar in collaboration with Sparks Gallery and hosted by Blanca Lucia Bergman on Wed, Feb 23, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with special guests : Lourdes Araiza photography , T. Jay Santa Ana graphic design and marketing , Yvette Roman art curation, and Shaun Cassidy art consulting. (This seminar is sold out, but a waiting list is available.) More info: Blanca Luci Bergman Read full article: Hector Villegas is the recipient of the Business of Art Scholarship

San Diegans Lisa Bryson and Mel Sage are also two of the ten artists featured in this year’s Mission Fed ArtWalk which is the 38 th!!! Save the date: Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, 2022 in Little Italy.

San Diego Museum of Art’s Art Alive general admission tickets include access to see nearly 100 floral interpretations of works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection, a dazzling floral Rotunda display, and all Museum exhibitions. Bloom Bash and Premiere are now on sale. Dinner tickets are sold separately.

The Wendell Kling art installation has recently been completed, which is the second of the three here comes the neighborhood: San Ysidro public art projects.  Learn more about the project  HERE . Also coming to San Ysidro - Ingram Ober and Marisol Rendón Ober start process for new art work at Beyer Park San Ysidro Picked Ripe by Patricia Frischer

Congratulations to Ann Evons Bossler the new Chair of the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. Ann currently works as the Director of Program Development for Price Philanthropies, an organization championing underserved youth in City Heights. This board has great diversity.

We are extremely sorry to see Jerry Van Leeuwen retiring from his position as Executive Director of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. They will be doing a national search for his replacement which is very exciting. Our hope is that Jerry has more time to spend on the board of other arts organizations!

Emily G. Hanna joined Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park as Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator in January. She will be creating an exhibitions schedule for the next several years and developing pathways for community involvement which is area of special expertise having been Alabama’s Birmingham Museum of Art’s Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

ArtBusXpress is 20 years old this year and we want to congratulate them on serving up 83 virtual field trip experiences since the pandemic started. They really pivoted and re-invented part of their programming. This year alone 6600 students will be involved in the arts because of their efforts.

Tara Donovan , Untitled (Toothpicks), 2004 is being shown at the Quint annex gallery ONE at Bread & Salt: (1955 Julian Ave, SD 92113) from March 1 - April 16. In this artwork, thousands of toothpicks form a cube only through gravity and friction and are transformed through repetition and every time they are moved. Many of us remember her stunning show at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Also note: Kelsey Brookes’ gloss embossed printMescaline will be released on Feb 24 th and is third iteration in the artists' ongoing exploration into the visual and physical properties of the molecules that make up mind-altering substances.

The San Diego Regional Conversation on Jan 26 of the California Arts Council and Californians for the Arts produced a recording if you missed it. They spent time with the three SD designated Cultural Districts
There is also a link to the slide show and a request for our input in a survey . Learn about more conversations .

It is so impressive that four artists with ties to San Diego are included in the Whitney Biennial this year. Andrew Roberts (lives in TJ and Mexico City currently showing at Best Practices ), Danielle Dean (lives in SD and LA), Emily Barker (born in SD, lives in LA) and Mónica Arreola (TJ).

Irene de Watteville tells us that in Amsterdam, where the museums are closed due to COVID, but barbershops and exercise studios are open, the Van Gogh Museum offered haircuts for a day and the Amsterdam has yoga classes as a protest. Read the whole article .

Missed the California Arts Council Grants Overview webinar? Check out the archived video and slide presentation at our Grants Resources webpage.

The Americans for the Arts Annual Convention is now confirmed to take place May 18-20, 2022 in Washington, D.C. when we looked the website was not updated but maybe by the time you get this, it will be.

For the first time in history, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business held a hearing on the state of the creative economy. The Power, Peril and Promise of the Creative Economy took place on January 19. U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai’i) reintroduced the Promoting Local Arts and Creative Economy Workforce (PLACE) Act. This legislation increases federal resources and expands federal benefits for workers and small businesses in creative industries. This is one of the seven bills presented to address the needs of the arts and culture industry: the Creative Economy Revitalization Act ( CERA ), the CREATE Act , the (afore mentioned) PLACE Act, the Arts Education for All Act , the 21st Century Federal Writers Project Act, the Saving Transit Arts Resources Act ( STAR Act), and the Performing Arts Tax Parity Act ( PATPA ).

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)

Are you looking to develop your arts writing? Is there a San Diego artist whose work you'd love to explore? Apply for the HereIn Writers Workshop with Editor Elizabeth Rooklidge to develop short features (approximately 500 words plus image descriptions) that will be published in HereIn Journal during Fall/Winter 2022. Each participant will receive a $50 honorarium, paid upon publication. Applications due April 1. To learn more and apply .

The California State Library is pleased to announce funding for the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program , whose purpose is to ensure that the events surrounding the exclusion, forced removal, and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II are remembered so that they are never repeated against any American. Deadline: April 25, 2022.

A good time to join OMA Artist Alliance (AA) to be eligible to be included in the Sparks Gallery OMA Artist Alliance show Dreams and Daylight . Deadline is March 1 for a show from April 30 through July 3.

Renewal
at the Front Porch Gallery in Carlsbad is also OMA AA members showing from March 13 to May 4. More info: artistalliance@oma-online.org

Lipstick and Rouge is the theme of the next call for artist by Art on 30 th. Work is due by March 11 th for a show from March 19th - April 15 th. Jurors are the art collectors Tom & Pam Parker.  

If your organization is not already involved with summer camps program this year with your own Level Up funding, then you can be part of a collaborative effort organized by Visual and Performing Arts VAPA camp program of San Diego Unified School District. They will list you as a partner in their grant application. More info: Michael Angelo Camacho VAPA Foundation 619. 565.8301

Surfing Madonna Oceans Project now has an Artist Awards Program to help financial struggles caused by the pandemic. They are distributing five $500 Artist Awards in 2022 and want these awards to go to under-served communities. This is not restricted to North County but you do have to be a SD resident. Send 5 examples of your work, an artist statement, links to your website and how the $500 will help you to Cathy Carey.

Surfing Madonna Oceans Project Inspirations Juried Show has just been announced as well from April 1 - April 29, 2022. Applications due March 30 with a reception Fri April 1, 6 - 8pm at the La Playa Gallery. Juried by Cathy Carey and Vaughn Woods (La Playa Gallery) with $650 in cash awards. More info: Cathy Carey 760-877-0869​

Designing Creative Futures is a new job-training program initiated by California Lawyers for the Arts , in partnership with the City of San Diego, for formerly incarcerated residents who are interested in careers in the arts. Online applications for paid, part-time internships during spring 2022 with San Diego arts organizations can be found H ERE. 

Attention Museums: $50 million in funding now available through the California Natural Resources Agency who are now accepting proposals for the California Museum Grant Program . The deadline to apply is March 11, 2022. More info here

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RAW March 2022

What a month. The Art Reach Vinyl record charity auction is our featured banner. We announced the SD Art Prize recipients for 2022, and the Business of Art Scholarship winner is having his reception at Sparks Gallery, and there is a call for donations for the Patti’s Spirit Lives which we are supporting. But that is just the beginning. Check out all the details, read the reports on or about SDVAN, and look at the new crop of opportunities plus we are bringing back the SDVAN Art Resource feature


Our banner is in support of Art Reach Art Education Charity Art Auction of 100 vinyl records will be on display at Mission Fed ArtWalk  in Little Italy on April 30th and May 1st, 2022. Left to right: Norm Daniels, Trevor Coopersmith, MDFerrera, Jennifer Luce, Patricia Frischer, Rebekah Garza, Kate Joiner. More info: anna@artreachsandiego.org 

We are excited to announced the 2022 SD Art Prize recipients. Congratulations to Alida Cervantes , Angélica Escoto , Carlos Castro Arias and Cognate Collective . This year a panel of four national and international curators, - Jovanna Venegas, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Marcela Guerrero, Assistant Curator at Whitney Museum, New York, Amy Galpin, Chief Curator, Frost Art Museum, Florida and José Springer, Independent Curator, Mexico City & Vienna, Austria. These artists will be exhibiting at Central Library Art Gallery Sat, Sept. 17, 2022 to Jan. 7th, 2023 and Art San Diego Sept. 9-11th, 2022.

REMEMBER Hector Villegas ,  Business of Art Scholarship  recipient at  Mission Fed ArtWalk  from April 30 and May 1, 2022 in Little Italy,The Business of Art Scholarship Reception for  Hector Villegas   is on March 23, 6-7:30 pm at Sparks Gallery  (530 Sixth Avenue, SD 92101). Both are produced by  Art Unites  in collaboration with SDVAN. RSVP required for reception : www.eventbrite.com/e/the-business-of-art-scholarship-reception-tickets-294790525397

We are so pleased to hear of the Patti’s Spirit Lives! 40 Year Art Retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Balboa Park on view from April 28 th to May 1st. This is not only a celebration. Patti Cooprider’s birthday and her life (1940-2021), but also a chance to see 250 of her 500 works, none of which are for sale, but all to be given to those who support with a donation to the Patti’s Spirit Lives! KidsArtEd Fund . If you believe in Patti Cooprider dream “Every child in the world should experience creation & love of art.” then make a minimum $250 donation and join the VIP Donor reception on April 27 th from 5 to 7 pm For more info: Coop Cooprider 858.731.9635


Art Resource Focus ReNewed:
CoTA (Collaborations: Teachers and Artists) by Marisa Cooper, Executive Director

Art Reports by or about SDVAN
Border artists bring home 2022 San Diego Art Prize, chosen by world-renowned jury,, KPBS by Julia Dixon Evans, March 2022
See It Now: A Better World at Visions Art MuseumPicked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt. Photos by Maurice Hewitt.
No More Boring Art Lectures: Bhavna MehtaPicked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer Monet to Matisse: Impressionist Masterpieces from the Bemberg FoundationPicked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Amy Franceschini and the Future Farmer Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Militarized Desert: Life and Death in the Mojave at Mesa College Gallery Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer

Minerva Cuevas: Dark Matter at ICA NorthPicked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Beach art: Here today, gone tomorrowEncinitas Advocate
by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt
Reimagined: The Artist's Book at William D. Cannon Gallery, Carlsbad
Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer

Constance Y. White is the Community Room Artist in Residence at Art Produce in May/June with a platform for women of color to directly affront misogyny by questioning assumptions of dominant social ideologies. Through a series of workshops, participants will be invited to build and construct multimedia collaged images using diverse materials.

Kira Corser from CompassionateArts sent us this link to a fascinating article from Inside Philanthropy about the changes going on in private and non-profit funding for the Arts. Arts leaders might want change, but their boards are sometimes more resistant. Mother Earth, Fragile Planet shows until April 29 at the Fallbrook Public Library curated by Kira Corser.

San Diego Museum of Art’s Art Alive is back from April 29 – May 1, 2022. This year Bloom Bash the kickoff event returns with an expansion into the Plaza de Panama with featured food and beverage from more than 30 local San Diego restaurants, live music, a Ferris wheel and an exclusive light installation from sculpture and performative artist Ian Brill. General admission tickets include access to see nearly 100 floral interpretations of works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection, a dazzling floral Rotunda display by Tend Living ’s Britton Neubacher themed “Organized Chaos” using only recycled botanical plants and florals , and all Museum exhibitions (TERRA: Fernando Casasempere and Monet to Matisse: Impressionist Masterpieces from the Bemberg Foundation). Dinner tickets, Bloom Bash and Premiere tickets are sold separately.

The San Diego Museum of Art launched Monet to Matisse: Impressionist Masterpieces from the Bemberg Foundation in March and this exhibition marks the first time the Bemberg Foundation’s Impressionism collection, which rarely leaves its permanent home in France, has traveled to California. Monet to Matisse is one of only two showcases in the United States. Check out the SDVAN report: Monet to Matisse: Impressionist Masterpieces from the Bemberg FoundationPicked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer

Belated happy 25 th birthday to the Oceanside Museum of Art. We are sure it was a rousing party!

We are devastated to hear of the passing of Janet Cooling . Cooling moved to California in 1984 to teach at San Diego State University, where she remained until retiring in 2013. Watch the video for her show at Mesa College in 2000.

You have until May 11 to see Reimagined: The Artist's Book at the Cannon art Gallery (1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad). Check out the SDVAN report: Reimagined: The Artist's Book at William D. Cannon Gallery, CarlsbadPicked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego announces the grand reopening plans and exhibitions with a new building named for major donors ($20 million) Joan and Irwin Jacobs. After a major renovation the square footage has doubled but 4 times the gallery space has been added by Selldorf Architects. MCASD will inaugurate its La Jolla flagship building with a week of activities and celebrations starting with the ribbon cutting on April 5 at 8:30 and ending with the opening on April 9. The first show in the Iris & Matthew Strauss Galleries is Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s on view from April 5 to July. Sunday, April 10, 10 AM - 1 pm is a Free Prebys Play Day. To reserve complimentary tickets, visit: https://mcasd.org/events/prebys-play-day-april-2022

check out Julia Dixon Evans of KPBS'S picks for the week chosen March 17 including Jonny Alexander at Swish, Space 4 Art open studios, and Retelling/Recontar at Art Produce. Then this such a great list of local colleges shows from her that I just had to reprint the whole thing: Some of these are over so check if you want to go, but glory in the fact that they are on offer!
Grossmont College's Hyde Gallery, photographer Suda House 's "aquatic temple" of an exhibition;
San Diego State University, the Nigerian artist Bruce Onobrakpeya retrospective
University of San Diego, a mid-career look at artist Marie Watt 's printmaking and blanket sculptures
City College, " Selected Drawings ," featuring Dakota Noot, Tatiana Ortiz-Rubio, Catherine Ruane and Vicki Walsh
Southwestern College, Kline Swonger 's solo show of sculpture, "Returnings,"
UC San Diego's MFA and graduate Open Studios
Mesa College Art Gallery, Anna Stump and Ben Allanoff's exhibition " Militarized Desert: Life and Death in the Mojave " Check out the SDVAN report: Militarized Desert: Life and Death in the Mojave at Mesa College Gallery Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer

AND….David Avalos, Carlos Castro, John Dillemuth, Joanne Hayakawa, Terri Hughes-Oelrich, Neil Kendricks, Debby and Larry Kline, Iana Quesnell, Matt Rich, Griselda Rosas, Eva Struble, and Perry Vásquez are just a few of the SD County fine art faculty who are included in Campus Creatives opening March 25 and running until May 15 at the Center for the Arts Escondido. Tickets for the opening 5 to 8 pm are $20.

Congratulation to Elizabeth Babcock , who will now lead the Forever Balboa Park collaboration. She is a cultural anthropologist and nonprofit executive and hopes to give a strong new direction to promote the park. Forever Balboa Park is the outcome of a merger between two of San Diego’s most passionate park advocacy groups, Friends of Balboa Park and the Balboa Park Conservancy .

The third annual 2021 Arts and Culture City of San Diego Impact Map illustrates how City-funded organizations make meaningful impacts across all nine San Diego City Council districts. This comes from the Commission of Arts and culture for the city of San Diego. PS. We love the new spotlight on a commission question and answers in their eblast . It helps to get to know who these decision makers are. I couldn’t find a way to sign up for these emails so just send a note to arts@sandiego.gov .

Arts Empower San Diego part of the SD County Office of Education announces the return of the Arts Empower Ovation Awards that recognize and honor individuals and organizations that are working to ensure every student in San Diego County is engaged in arts education.  The third of these are awarded through a social media celebration throughout the month of May recognizing districts in Region 1 South San Diego County with nomination accepted until March 25 . Awards will be given in the following categories: Creative Leader, Creative Student Leader, Artful Advocate, Artful Visionary, Creative Connector, Enduring Artful Learner, and Youth-Artist Transformation. Read the description and criteria for each award on the call for nominations website . More info: Pauline Crooks

This April is the fourth annual Arts, Culture & Creativity Month promoted by Californian for the Arts. Of course, every month is Arts Month at SDVAN! But here is a work shop: The Arts Work: How to engage in Arts, Culture & Creativity Month on March 25 th at noon.

If you have not done so already sign up for the newsletter from HOME2024.com . San Diego-Tijuana is the 2024 World Design Capital, the first binational designation. The theme is HOME Human-Centered, Open, Multidisciplinary/Multicultural, and Experimental.

There is a very interesting article in ArtNews about the destruction of cultural artifacts in the Ukraine. “As Kirill Lipatov, the director of science at the Odesa Fine Arts Museum, recently said, it is scarcely possible to grasp the fact that Ukrainian museums are now saving Russian masterpieces from Russian aggression.” Art Workers at War: How the Ukrainian Artworld Has Rallied to Protect Cultural Heritage .

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)

ArtsBusXpress is looking for a new Executive Director who will be responsible for management of this non-profit organization including all fundraising activities, hiring and training staff, implementing the vision for the organization. This is a part time position to start at approx. 30 hours a week and $45 an hour. More info: Ted Pena

The San Diego International Airport is looking for a new Airport Arts Coordinator. This position will report to the Senior Manager, SAN Arts Program and will provide curatorial, administrative, design, and project management including curating and coordinating assigned performing arts and visual arts programs. Info: Katie Norman 6194002881

Front Porch Gallery is making a call for artists for its 2022 Juried Exhibition that start in mid-July. The juror is Donna Wilson, past president of the National Watercolor Society, and there is prize money. $35 for 3 entries with submission deadline is May 30. More info: Julie Weaverling

The new Southeastern Live Well Center (corner of Euclid Avenue & Market Street) is seeking applications from artists with artwork in a wide variety of mediums for existing and commissioned artwork. Proposed art locations include the outdoor main entry plaza, meditation garden, corridors, waiting and conference rooms, and family play area. This call for art from $400 to $50,000 has an application deadline of April 25. Questions: Leah Goodwin

Share Your Message of ONENESS , unity, and love in a project which will be launched in Encinitas during the Arts Night in May. This is a collaborative community project and they are looking for 1100 messages by March 31 st. Each message will be included on an origami paper flower and attached to a large Oneness sculpture. You can use the link or email your message to Soori McEachern .

Art San Diego is back! After a three-year hiatus, we couldn't be more excited and this time there are two fairs under one roof. One is the Art San Diego Gallery Pavilion well-established galleries, art publishers, and artist collectives. and the other is the (SOLO) Pavilion for independent artists and designers. Apply now: the fair is Sept 9 -11 and we hope to see you there.

ArtBusXpress has received a $40,000 grant from The Conrad PREBYS Foundation specifically to hire their first Executive Director to continue their transition from an all-volunteer board to a volunteer board/paid staff organization. Contact Ted Pena for a position description and more info.

ICA San Diego is making a call for both professional and amateur artists to make proposals for their ValiseProject. These are educational art bases learning projects that fit into a suitcase which travels to schools and can be explored by students. This project was one of the first of Lux Institute before they even had a building. Now that Lux is ICASD North, we are delighted to see this project being refreshed. The main theme for this submission due March 21 st is climate equity but includes environmental, mass consumption and climate change issues.

As part of Arts, Culture & Creativity Month promoted by Californian for the Arts, there is an open call for art in their Arts Work Showcase with awards. Choose one of these subjects, Art Works: To Heal, to build community to Advance Social Justice to Empower Youth and to Create Jobs. Submissions will be hosted on their web site and $100 awards will those chosen to be used in social media campaigns. Plus 4 - $250 award, one each Friday for randomly chosen works. Submission close March 31

28th Annual Mission Trails Regional Park Photo Contest is back after 2 years and no entry fee. Contest entries accepted until April 1. Awards reception: June 5, 2022, 2-4 PM at the MTRP Visitor Center. Photo submissions are for the first time  online .

 

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April 2022

The Beloved’s Garden of Oneness is a free cross-cultural & Interfaith Art exhibition of the Oneness of Existence through the universal language of ART! This multi-faceted artistic project consists of a visual art exhibition, collaborative Public Art creation, as well as an evening of musical and artistic performances on Sat, May 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center (1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas, 92024)

Art Reports by or about SDVAN

The Aging Magician Brings Multimedia Magic to San Diego Picked RAW Peeled by  Lonnie Burstein Hewitt 
Second Coming: MCASD now open in time for Easter Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Every Picture Tells a Story at Art Produce Gallery Picked RAW Peeled by Lonnie Burstein Hewitt

Surface Tension at ICA Central
Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Sparks Gallery and Bread and Salt March update plus a little vinyl record art Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Trip to the New Mingei Museum Picked RAW Peeled by Patricia Frischer
Art Prize boosts local artists , Union Tribune by Seth Combs
San Diego Visual Arts Network Awards Two SDSU Professors 2022 San Diego Art Prize
, by Allison Cone
SD Visual Arts Network Announces 2022 San Diego Art Prize Winners
, Most Article,
Xboxlivesscores and ArtPhoto , HeadWearHub
Professor Wins San Diego Art Prize , Get About Columbia

 Art Resource Focus
Compassionate Arts in Action (Artists, Teachers, Scientists, Families) by Kira Carrillo Corser 

A+ Art Blog by Patricia Frischer
How are the arts doing: Americans for the Arts Survey?

 Our banner this month is in support of Patti’s Spirit Lives! 40 Year Art Retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Balboa Park on view from April 28 th to May 1 st. A celebration of Patti Cooprider’s life (1940-2021), and a chance to support by donation to the Patti’s Spirit Lives! KidsArtEd Fund . A display of Patti’s greeting cards will also be on display. VIP Donor reception on April 27 th from 5 to 7 pm. ENTRY: $250 minimum donation or $250 ICA supporter members. For more info:Coop Cooprider 858.731.9635

Remember: Hector Villegas ,  Business of Art Scholarship  recipient at  Mission Fed ArtWalk  from April 30 and May 1, 2022 in Little Italy at booth 334 produced by  Art Unites and sponsored by SDVAN. More info: Blanca Lucia Bergman

And Remember: Art Reach Art Education Charity Art Auction of 100 vinyl records will be on display at Mission Fed ArtWalk  in Little Italy on April 30th and May 1st, 2022. View Auction Items and Bid online . More info: anna@artreachsandiego.org

The San Diego Museum Art Arts Alive blooms again in a kaleidoscope of color this April 28-May 1, 2022. Talented floral designers inspired by the Museum collection, offer a brilliantly colored backdrop for a weekend of beloved traditions and art-inspired activities. Thurs, April 28 Art Alive 2022 Premiere Dinner from 6:30pm–11:30pm, Fri, April 29 is Members’ Preview from 8am –10am. and Bloom Bash from 7pm.–midnight, Art Alive Floral Exhibition Fri.10am–5:pm Sat/Sun 9am to 5pm, and Sat/Sun Garden of Activities from noon–4pm.  

Some said it would never happen but Mayor Catherine Blakespear and the Encinitas City Council has allocated $7 million to make an Art Center at the Pacific View site a reality. Planning sessions are to be completed by Sept 2022, bids submitted by the beginning of Oct and awarded at the end of Oct this year. The Art Center should be in operation by 2024 as long as the budget which was unanimously approved on April 13 is introduced on May 11 and adopted in June. ARPA funds will be used and supplement by a possible $3.5 grants through the state assembly. The mayor mentioned that this "… Public building should be open to the public…. Preliminary work has been done and now is the time…. Arts are the heartbeat of the city."  

Kinetics Art that Moves You is a STEAM inspired Art Show with 25 local artists produced by A Reason To Survive (ARTS) on until May 5 at 200 East 12th Street in National City, 91950. More info: Yvette Roman

Save the date: Encinitas Friends of the Arts presents Passport to Persian Calligraphy Performance Art on Sat June 18th- 7 pm to 9:30 pm at the Encinitas Community Center. Music/Art performance by L.A. painter Mohtadi Mirak with conceptual traditional dance by talented Kosar Abbasi , Sina Gharavi on tar and Amir Aghayi on santor. The audience will enjoy light refreshments and Persian sweets during intermission. All proceeds from this event will go toward public art and arts education in Encinitas. Tickets $40 to $50.

Our friend Naomi Nussbaum of Synergy Arts Foundation sent us this reminder to please take the time to view the video in which Mayor Todd Gloria and key leaders of Arts & Culture designate an impressive plan for the city of San Diego. This is part of the state wide April Arts and Culture Month and a declaration of the Arts Culture and Creativity Month for the City of SD. The City has also announced an 18-month design process to create a 7–10-year Cultural Plan. State wide there is a push to spend not just the current $.66 but a full dollar per person in the base line budget for the arts.

 There is an improved Encinitas Arts and Culture Events Calendar and Weekly Eblast which is a service of Encinitas Friends of the Arts. You can submit your Encinitas City arts and culture events to their calendar. Click here to be included .  

Murals of La Jolla launches Ocean Front Property in Arizona , a new mural by Rosson Crow at 925 Silverado Street which is a fantastical scene depicting a fictitious beach front location in the landlocked state of Arizona.

The final session of Preserving Chicana/o/x Art: Conversations on Conservation is on April 28 and will reflect on concepts and talking points from the previous sessions, while also providing a moment to consider what the future looks like and actionable next steps for the setting of guidelines for Chicana/o/x art conservation.

There is still time to go to the Studio Door gallery in Hillcrest for the exhibit showcasing artwork about climate change by student ARTivists aged 3 to 18. #WeBorrowTheEarthFromOurChildren runs through Apr. 30.

R.B. Stevenson Gallery is pleased to host the exhibition Balancing Act. The exhibition features new paintings and drawings, by Arizona artist Robert D. Cocke . This is the artist's fifth solo exhibition at the gallery which runs until May 17.

Lyle Ashton Harris is the 10th annual Keynote Lecturer at the Medium Festival of Photography on Saturday, May 7 in a rare west coast appearance. Tickets start at $5 for students, $10 general admission. Members of Medium Photo free.  

The need for a San Diego Black Arts and Culture District in Encanto’s Imperial Avenue area is being supported by San Diego Council President Pro Tem Monica Montgomery Steppe and California Secretary of State Shirley Weber who represented California’s 79th Assembly District for nine years. The SD City Council’s Economic Development Committee officially heard the proposal for the Black arts and culture district for the first time this month.

UCSD continues to present   artists guest lectures on Utube by interesting international artist. The latest one is by Hyphen-Labs , an international collective working at the intersection of technology, art, science, and the future to create engaging ways to explore planetary-centered design. We loved their project highlighting the need to preserve sleep by encourage people to yawn. Sleep is the last place that we are free from technology. But since you can’t be sold anything while you are asleep, there is a push to keep you awake. Sleeping then becomes a sort of protest against commercialism. Watch it at this link.

Connecting the Dots: Art by SD Community College Department faculty and staff exhibition is showing from April 26 – May 26 at San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery , Fine Arts Building, (FA103, 7250 Mesa College Dr. SD 92111) with a reception on Thurs. May 5, 4 – 7 p.m. The guest juror is Wendy Wilson-Gibson, Director of the Bonita Museum. Free.

Another county wide faculty show is Campus Creatives featuring San Diego's Fine Arts Faculty at the Center for the Arts Escondido. Wine Wednesday is coming up on May 4 from 5 to 8 pm. You can enjoy a glass of wine and assorted cheeses see the exhibition and listen to Jeff Ray and his band Taser Island. Tickets are $15-20.

The New Children’s Museum is kicking off its 10th annual Mass Creativity program with its outreach workshops at seven community centers from San Ysidro and City Heights to Vista and Barrio Logan. At each workshop in April or May, community participants will create individual Leporello (Italian) or Accordion Books, as well as a giant canvas that represents their community’s story. The seven canvases will then be displayed as the collective pages of a life-size book at The New Children’s Museum on Mass Creativity Day on June 25, 2022.

Check out the San Diego Museum Council’s guide of all the museums that have summer camp programs for 2022. This pretty much covers the whole county but go to this link for the Oceanside Museum of Art camps .

The City of San Diego is announcing Park Social – watch for news of this coming soon and participate until Nov 20 th.  

April is Arts, Culture and Creativity Month in the State of California as we all know by now. Arts+Culture: San Diego distributes posters throughout the community asking people to identify how Arts and Culture makes them feel. Balboa Park Cultural Partnership is the collaborative and advocacy group for this promotion.

Governor Newsom appointed Jonathan Moscone as the new Director of the California Arts Council (CAC). He previously served Chief Producer of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts since 2015 and a Member of the California Arts Council since 2020. CFTA acknowledges the longtime service of former CAC Director, Anne Bown-Crawford and wishes her all the best in her future endeavors.

OPPORTUNITIES (click to see a list of all current opportunities listed on SDVAN)

In partnership wiht the City of Encinitas, Encinitas Friends of the Arts announces Encinitas Art and Flea Market at the Pacific View Elementary school site on Saturday, July 23rd from 10 am to 3 pm. to support the activation of the Pacific View site as an art center. Vendor application   must be submitted no later than July 14th and will be on a first come first serve basis. More info: Cheryl .

The VAPA Foundation is currently seeking a full-time administrative assistantat $20-$25 an hour. Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to michael@vapafoundation.org.

RISE San Diego  and City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture are offering a Nonprofit Capacity Building Series: Seeking, Applying For, and Managing Arts Funding Opportunities . The application deadline is Thurs April 28, and the program is five 3 hour afternoon sessions and you need to attend all five from May to June 11. This will help not only with application to the City’s Commission but also to the California Arts Council.

CA Creative Corps ($55 million available)application is now open and due on May 19. Available subjects are (1) public health awareness messages to stop the spread of COVID-19; (2) public awareness related to water and energy conservation, climate mitigation, and emergency preparedness, relief, and recovery; (3) civic engagement, including election participation; and (4) social justice and community engagement. If you are looking for a non-profit to sponsor your project, please contact SDVAN as long as you are involving a visual arts component. Application links, guidelines, and more detailed program and timeline information can be found on the program’s webpage . Please note: TheGrants Overview Webinar is on May 3 at 11 am. Click here to register .

Mission Fed ArtWalk, April 30 & May 1 , deploys more than 250 volunteers to produce San Diego’s largest and longest-running fine arts festival, taking place in Little Italy.  Sign up to volunteer for the festival and you’ll have an opportunity to assist artists, greet attendees, help with the live music stages, and more.  Be part of San Diego’s thriving arts and culture scene during April, Arts Culture and Creativity Month as designated by Californians for the Arts. For information, email Carmen

Oceanside Museum of Art is making a call for artist for a Veteran Art Exhibition: Pop Smoke which will be curated by Amber Zora. The exhibition's title is a military slang term referring to throwing smoke grenades as a means of cover or escape during battle but they are looking for pop art images that are playful, humorous, lighthearted, or ironic. This is a call to artists who have formerly served in the United States armed forces, currently living in Southern California Supported by The Veterans Art Project , and  Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission . The deadline to enter is Mon, May 23. Click here to submit .

Oceanside Museum of Art2022 Art Auction on June 25 and Pop-Up Exhibition from June 18 to July 30. This is a call to artists currently living in Southern California to support the museum and be seen by juror Huge Davies. The deadline to enter is Mon, April 25. Click here to submit . No Fee!

The Athenaeum 30TH Annual Juried Exhibition call for entries is now open with the Jurors: Anita Feldman, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Education, San Diego Museum of Art and Marianela de la Hoz, Visual Artist .Submission Deadline: Fri, June 17 to show from July 30–Sept 3. Reception Fri. July 29, 6:30–8:30 PM

San Diego Public Library needs help designing their PRIDE 2022 commemorative library card. This contest is open to artists of all ages with a design that celebrates LGBTQ PRIDE. Visit a  library location  offering services for a submission form or print the form below. Grand Prize winner receives a $100 gift card and their design printed on our PRIDE library card!  Submit at the library or email scanned copy to  LGBTQIALibrary@sandiego.gov.

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