“Will San Diego ever become a great art city?”
That question, posed by Zócalo Public Square, a nonprofit that mixes live events with print journalism, podcasts and videos, pissed a few people off – including those who think San Diego’s already a great art city and others who are tired of having the same old debate over and over again.
But the question was intriquing enough to draw a standing-room-only crowd to Lux Art Institute in Encinitas last Saturday.
I moderated the talk with four panelists including Christine Jones, senior public art manger at City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, and Lianne Thompson Mueller, curator at the Escondido-based arts nonprofit A Ship in the Woods.
Things kicked off on a positive note, with the panelists describing what they thought San Diego had going for it. Jones said she saw lots of creativity and chances for arts and culture institutions to collaborate with the city’s booming biotech sector. Mueller said in cities like San Francisco or New York that are already considered hotbeds for the arts, it can be harder to get into shows or find a place to fit in.
“I think that San Diego is a great frontier for artists,” Mueller said. “In other words, this is a place where there’s only an abundance of opportunity. In a lot of other cities, this had been done or that has been done.”
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Absolutely! And of course Mr. Charles is the only one who should determine what is crazy. While we are at it no public taxpayer money for "un needed public projects such as repair of Balboa Park, unless of course, Mr. Charles approves.