Creativity was in the air at the Coronado Commission for Culture and Arts (CCAC) special meeting on January 20 in the Grand Room of the John D. Spreckels Center. The conference was designed to bring together a cross-section of artists and community members to brainstorm and help shape a vision for the Culture and Arts Commission in promoting art to reflect the needs of Coronado. . CCAC chairman and arts partner Heidi Wilson, his commissioner, emphasized that this is a “bottom-up organization where ideas come to the commissioner from the community and working artists.” Former Encinitas city arts administrator Jim Gilliam said Coronado is an indicator of progress in the arts, emphasizing that “the evaluation process will help shape the city for the next decade.”
CCAC was established by the City Council in 2011 to partner with local artists and organizations to help develop a vibrant and cohesive arts community. Coronado’s art is taken to a whole new level with various public art installations such as Naked Warrior and more recently Crossing Path and The Knot. Two of his city-owned galleries, the community center’s C3 gallery and his Spreckels gallery, were established, hosting 30 art exhibitions focused on 100 local artists who exhibited nearly 1,000 works. rice field. Senior Management Analyst Kelly Purvis is the City Staff Liaison for her seven commissioners at her CCAC, an incubator for many great programs including the Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF), Community Leads, and High School Intensive Programs. We help introduce various music groups and support the community grant process with 18 recipients being art related groups. CAC has helped artists develop communication strategies such as social media presence, website design, and grant opportunities, and has created a public art walking app.
Roberta Corte is Commissioner visual artsDuring the meeting, the group brainstormed the following ideas for CCAC to consider: continuing art exhibitions in art galleries; continuing art banners on Orange Avenue; hosting artist receptions; attracting new volunteers; Hosting the Plain Air Festival.
Deb Kaller is Vice-Chair of the Commission, public arts That group’s ideas included: Raise awareness of public art, offer walking tours, tell what CCAC is up to, great exhibits like the next League of Wives, and more. They also noted the need to reflect diversity, celebrate beach and surf culture, and consider cultural exchanges.
Dawn Richards is Literature/performing arts commissioner. The Performing Arts Group suggested expanding marketing, pointing to the need for expansion of current venues such as the Winn Room remodel and additional options such as an outdoor stage and his Spreckels Park gazebo. This allows for more performing arts opportunities. for residents and students. For literary arts, the group recommended exploring ways to collaborate with local artists on joint genre events. They suggested opportunities to diversify, including writing workshops such as mini-memoirs and poetry showcases, and collaborations with local restaurants.
Jean Marie Bond Communications, Public Relations, Media The Commissioner and the group proposed mentorships for young people and artists to grow their talents and businesses. We also saw opportunities to create collaborations between artists and nonprofits to enhance Art in the Park. The Scottsdale model was used as an example of amplifying events and creating thematic moments.
of art and prosperity A roundtable was moderated by Wilson, and the group made suggestions for developing venues, creating synergies for community fundraising, and securing city sponsorships. We are looking for new commissioners in this area.
art and education Led by newly appointed Commissioner Stephanie Anderson, the group recommended increased education about what the arts do for the brain and mental health. They also suggested holding pop-ups before art classes and workshops to showcase media and bring cutting-edge digital art to a wider audience.
CCAC is now reviewing ideas and putting into action a strategic plan to enhance art in Coronado. Featuring his nine new local artists working in a variety of mediums including photography, painting, jewelry, hats and beadwork. For more information on all the art happening in Coronado, visit his website at coronadoarts.com.