Women in San Diego are shattering the arts world’s glass ceiling.
There are now more women leading major arts organizations here than ever. For many of the institutions, it’s just the first or second time a woman has been at the helm.
Here’s a quick survey: In the visual arts world, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego Museum of Art, Oceanside Museum of Art, New Children’s Museum, Timken Museum of Art and San Diego Art Institute are all women-led. In classical music: The San Diego Symphony and the La Jolla Music Society are under female directorship. In dance, women like Jean Isaacs, Robin Morgan and Maxine Mahon have long been in leadership roles. In theater, men still dominate, but aside from the female-focused Moxie Theatre, Intrepid Theatre Company has a woman at the top. The two leading posts at the city’s Commission for Arts and Culture are held by women.
The Los Angeles Times recently declared 2016 “the year of the woman,” in the classical music world. In San Diego, while many of the women arts leaders have been in their positions for years now, the city seems to have finally reached a tipping point, and 2016 could comfortably be declared as the year of the woman across the board when it comes the arts.
“The shift is definitely happening,” said Ginger Shulick Porcella, executive director of the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park.
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What I love about this is this quote from the article; "arts organizations in San Diego are simply hiring the most qualified candidates, and they just happen to be women." Isn't that really the point? Diversity for diversity's sake does not help that much it the leaders are not good at what they do. The leaders in the article that I have met are most impressive and that is good for region.
Please let's not forget about New Village Arts' Kristianne Kurner, San Diego Musical Theatre's Jill Townsend and Collen Kollar Smith, and Jessica John Gercke of Backyard Renaissance. All very strong female leaders in the local theatre scene.
“A woman heading an organization always brings a unique perspective.”
Gosh, I thought each human being brings a unique perspective, but I guess I'm naive.
Please go take your fragile testerone feelings somewhere else. Men still have a majority of the spots, so you have not been replaced all together- yet.
Melissa, with an attitude like that, the day you have a "spot" is the day the planet begins spinning backwards.