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    Remember when I said the arts and culture infantry was likely just over that next hill? It’s getting closer.

    A couple of emails have been making the rounds of the local arts organizations today about the news that Councilman Carl DeMaio proposes cuts to arts and culture in his financial plan.

    • The first: A group of local arts and culture leaders put their heads together to respond to DeMaio’s proposed cuts. You can read their answer in the comments below our post, penned by Seema Sueko, artistic director of Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company.

    Sueko touted the fact that the city’s Commission for Arts and Culture is funded entirely through the tax on hotel guests, not city residents. “The return on investment in arts and culture gives us a competitive edge when we promote San Diego as a high quality, diverse cultural destination,” she said.

    Sueko will be discussing the proposed cuts on KPBS’s These Days show tomorrow at 10 a.m. along with Dalouge Smith, president and CEO of San Diego Youth Symphony. Smith is a longtime champion of public funding for arts and the outgoing chairman of the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition.

    Previously, DeMaio’s spokesman Jeff Powell emphasized that the cuts are planned to be temporary, and that cutting the city’s arts and culture budget would be “appropriate and necessary” while the city faces making more cuts to police and fire.


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    KPBS invited DeMaio, as well, but he will not participate in the discussion due to a prior engagement.

    • DeMaio will, however, be holding more public forums to talk about his budget plan in general and gather feedback to the plan from San Diego residents.

    In an email, Alan Ziter, executive director of the NTC Foundation, called for representatives of arts and culture organizations to show up to Tuesday’s town hall meeting at the NTC Command Center. He touted the location’s ties to the proposed cuts. Many of the more than 40 “civic, arts and cultural organizations and artists” that call NTC home would be impacted by DeMaio’s proposed cuts, he said.

    I’m the arts editor for VOSD. Have an idea for something I should write about San Diego’s arts scene? Please contact me directly at kelly.bennett@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0531. You can also follow me on Twitter: @kellyrbennett.

      This article relates to: Arts/Culture

      Written by Kelly Bennett

      Kelly Bennett is a freelance contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can reach her directly at kelly@vosd.org.

      2 comments
      Bill Bradshaw
      Bill Bradshaw subscribermember

      Someone mentioned the funding of science and art as equivalent. I'm unaware of any city finding for scientific research; maybe I missed it in the budget. What I am aware of is that the city contributes quite a few million to "the arts", but most of it goes to organizations well established in the community whose balance sheets put the city's to shame. La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe Theater, San Diego Zoo come to mind as this bankrupt city lets streets fall apart, cuts library hours, and doesn't replace cops and firefighters when they leave,. One doesn't have be an arts hater to realize that priorities must be set elsewhere at this time. Love him or hate him, DeMaio is right on this one.

      toulon
      toulon

      Someone mentioned the funding of science and art as equivalent. I'm unaware of any city finding for scientific research; maybe I missed it in the budget. What I am aware of is that the city contributes quite a few million to "the arts", but most of it goes to organizations well established in the community whose balance sheets put the city's to shame. La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe Theater, San Diego Zoo come to mind as this bankrupt city lets streets fall apart, cuts library hours, and doesn't replace cops and firefighters when they leave,. One doesn't have be an arts hater to realize that priorities must be set elsewhere at this time. Love him or hate him, DeMaio is right on this one.