All change begins with a conversation, but just getting the minds to meet can be a tall order in our sunny yet sprawling city, so on October 14th, 2014 from 6pm – 8pm, Rising Arts Leaders will be presenting the annual event that aims to accomplish just that. RSVP Today!
Creative Conversations: Rise to the Occasion, invites rising and established leaders from across the arts and culture spectrum to speak alongside industry veterans as we identify real solutions to some of the biggest obstacles faced here in San Diego.
RSVP for Creative Conversations today!
After months of discussion with our community members through our events, meet ups, and working groups, Rising Arts Leaders has resolved to make the following statements identifying the five challenges we’ll be focusing on this fall:
1) Critics Wanted: San Diego suffers from a severe lack of serious critical arts journalism. This does not refer to upcoming event listings or profile pieces, but rather critical review by qualified individuals analyzing the content and character of a work. Artistic works and productions that fail to accrue critical review lose a powerful promotional tool, and some residencies, workshops, and programs require the submission of critical reviews to participate. If quality critical review continues to be unattainable in San Diego, it will lead to a disincentive for artists to continue working here, which in turn will make the branding of San Diego as a creative economy even harder.
2) Plugging the Brain Drain: let’s talk about why so many of our best and brightest keep getting lured away to what they perceive (or may actually be) greener pastures in other cities. We want and how to keep them working in and bettering San Diego! Down with the diaspora!
3) We Are More Than Our Weather: “Happy Happens” was an actual—thankfully aborted—attempt to brand San Diego at one point. We think we can do better. While our weather does indeed attract a certain kind of tourist, we believe additional demographics could be brought to San Diego, along with their dollars, if there was more of an effort to brand the city as an arts and culture destination, not just a hot and sunny one. Go Creative Economy, Go!
4) Stop Begging, Start Earning: how do we diversify our funding sources in the 21st century away from the same small pool of philanthropists, major gifts, and grants. That does not a successful business model make. New and innovative ways to operate with dignity are all out on the table.
5) Your Target Demographic Is Deceased: In the words of a RAL member who served on the board of one very old and esteemed Balboa Park institution, “our target demographic is deceased.” Pale, stale, and male is how another famously characterized the monochromatic patronage so many institutions rely on. Token gestures have been made to court new audiences, but are they effective and genuine, or just Taco Tuesday for one-percenters? How do we stop paying lip service to diversification and actually create art for everyone?
Join us and be a part of the solution to these and other gripes, crisis, and impediments to greatness! Resolutions created from Creative Conversations will go directly into a RAL-approved white paper to be distributed to arts institutions, Foundations, City Managers, and the public at large. Because remember: you don’t get to complain if you aren’t willing to act! RSVP Now!