Tijuana and Los Angeles are renowned for their active arts and culture scene, but couched between the two is the often overlooked, and eternally frustrated, San Diego visual arts community. Kinsee Morlan has been writing about culture in San Diego for years and has heard all the reasons people list when explaining why San Diego’s art scene languishes so. She heard them again recently at an event she moderated on the health of San Diego’s art community.
The most obvious reason people point out is that it’s very expensive to live in San Diego, which pushes artists out and strangles the culture right out of the city. Those artists who do stay here worry there aren’t enough art buyers in our town, nor institutions that help connect individuals to artists’ work. “The lack of … collaboration between San Diego arts groups is often cited as one of the scene’s biggest problems,” Morlan writes.
Some in the community look to big institutions like colleges or city government to lead the way on fixing these problems. “Aiding artists in finding affordable spaces to live and work, though, might be the most important role elected leaders could play,” Morlan writes.
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