San Diego's Arts Community Needs Your Voice

Mayor Kevin Faulconer has proposed to slash funding for arts and culture in the coming year by $4.7 million, from $15.1 million to $10.4 million. This is a shocking 31% cut.

These cuts will adversely affect more than 100 San Diego non-profit arts and culture organizations, including MCASD. Together, these organizations generate more thanfive million free and paid admissions and reach over450,000 people each year through visits to schools and community groups. 

The Mayor's proposed cuts are a critical threat to arts programming and personnel. Depending on the size of the cultural organization, City funding represents between 3% and 15% of an organization's total operating budget.

Non-profit arts and culture organizations provide a powerful return on investment for tax payers, with every $1 of City funding generating a minimum of $3 in revenue and services. 

Beyond the economic impact, MCASD celebrates the idea that the arts are intrinsically valuable and part of our shared public life and identity as "America's Finest City."

Your voice matters. The Council is taking public input and Mayor Faulconer will release a revised budget on May 16. 

Actions you can take before May 16:

1. Contact Your City Councilmembers 

Email your Councilmembers and ask them to urge the Mayor to restore funding for the arts. The links below are prepopulated with the following message:

I respectfully request that you urge the Mayor to restore arts funding to the FY18 budget. City funding for the arts is important to me because...

District 1

Council President Barbara Bry

District 2

Councilmember Lorie Zapf

District 3

Councilmember Chris Ward

District 4

Council President Myrtle Cole

District 5

Councilmember Mark Kersey

District 6

Councilmember Chris Cate

District 7

Councilmember Scott Sherman

District 8

Councilmember David Alvarez

District 9

Councilmember Georgette Gomez

2. Attend Public Meetings about the City Budget

On Saturday, May 6, Councilmember Barbara Bry (District 1) will host a public town hall meeting at 10 AM about the FY18 proposed budget. The meeting is at the La Jolla Village Square Community Room, 8657 Villa La Jolla Drive. RSVP is requested. 

Meetings of the City's Budget Review Committee are open to the public. They are currently scheduled for 9 AM and 2 PM on May 3, May 4, May 8, and May 9. The Committee meets in the Council Chambers, 12th Floor, in the City Administration Building. Contact the Budget Committee Consultant, Victoria Joes, at 619 236 6687 with any questions.

On Monday, May 15 at 6 PM, City Council will hold an evening meeting for public input on the FY18 proposed budget. The meeting is in the Council Chambers, 12th Floor, in the City Administration building.

3. Stay Informed

Read Mayor Faulconer's Proposed FY18 Budget

Keep the City of San Diego Budget Review Committee on your radar. They'll be announcing future meetings, updates, and news about the budget. 

Learn about the arts community reaction in these Union-Tribune and KPBS articles.

Check out the list of current San Diego non-profit organizations who stand to lose funding if the Mayor's FY18 budget passes as is. 

Stay tuned to The San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition, the voice of arts and culture advocacy in San Diego.