San Diego suffers from a bit of an identity crisis. Are we a border city? Are we a beachy tourist trap? Are we a whale’s vagina? It’s hard to reconcile what San Diego is when we are so many things.
The U-T’s art critic Jim Chute believes MCASD and Balboa Park’s many art institutions have taken steps to assert San Diego’s identity through the work they’ve shared in 2013, and their plans for the future. Along with being the city with the most craft brewery shirt-wearing dudes per capita in the world, San Diego has the chops to become a world-class art destination.
“Especially in the past year, those institutions, whose leaders are working together through the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, have created a collective identity that is becoming increasingly powerful. And they’ve taken a proactive approach toward the 2015 Centennial Celebration (of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition in Balboa Park),” Chute writes.
He gives a shout-out to the Art of Science Learning collaborative, the newly available Balboa Park Explorer Pass, many of the park’s museums and institutions’ ambitious plans for the upcoming Balboa Park Centennial and MCASD La Jolla’s plans to renovate and expand their space as proof of San Diego’s rise as a cultural city.