RALSD Creative Conversations 2019:
Perspectives on San Diego’s Arts and Culture Landscape
Join Rising Arts Leaders of San Diego on Friday, October 11 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm for our annual FREE Creative Conversations event and to explore this years focus “Perspectives on San Diego’s Arts and Culture Landscape”.
This year Rising Arts Leaders have assembled a diverse panel of local arts and culture leaders including: Jonathon Glus (Executive Director, San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture), Tomoko Kuta (Deputy Museum Director, The New Children’s Museum) and Alessandra Moctezuma (Gallery Director and Professor, San Diego Mesa College). Each speaker will give a brief presentation, followed by a Q&A session.
About Our Speakers
Alessandra Moctezuma is Professor of Art and Gallery Director at San Diego Mesa College, where she leads the Museum Studies program and teaches Chicano Art. She earned Bachelor of Art and Master of Fine Arts (Painting and Printmaking) degrees from UCLA. Besides curating work of established and emerging artists at the college, Ms. Moctezuma has organized three exhibitions for the Oceanside Museum of Art: (Borderless Dreams, 2005, Through a Lens Sharply, 2006) and unDocumenta (2017) as part of the Getty’s PST LA/LA.
Ms. Moctezuma has extensive experience as an artist, curator and arts administrator. From 1994-1998, she worked for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority as the Public Arts Officer for the Eastside Subway extension, and managed large-scale public arts projects for the Red Line, Blue Line and Green Line. Previously, she was the Gallery Curator for the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) in Venice, California. In the 90s, she served in the Public Art Commission, City of Pasadena and recently in the City of San Diego Public Art Committee. She is a member of the San Diego Foundation’s Arts and Culture group and a juror for the Creative Catalyst grants. She serves on the committee for the San Diego Art Prize. She is also a board member of the Latin American Arts Council at the San Diego Museum of Art; the Advisory Group at the San Diego Art Institute and the Friends of the Villa Moctezuma. She has juried several exhibitions in San Diego including at the La Jolla Atheneaum, Encinitas Municipal Gallery, Mission Trails art program, San Diego Artists Guild and numerous others.
As an artist, Ms. Moctezuma has completed murals in Los Angeles; been a founding member of architect, artist collective ADOBE LA; and participated in performance collective Collage Ensemble. Her surreal paintings and prints focus on feminist issues from a Latina/Chicana perspective. She is a member of FIG (Feminist Image Group).
Jonathon Glus joined the City of San Diego Office of the Mayor in November 2018 as Executive Director of the Commission for Arts & Culture, where he has oversight of nearly $13 million in direct city investment in the arts and culture sector as well as the city’s public art collection. He also advises mayor, city council and staff on cultural policy and special initiatives. Prior to working in San Diego, he was the Director of Culture and Creative Economy for the City of Sacramento, CA where he led the city’s first cultural planning process in more than 20 years. Jonathon set in place an assessment of Sacramento’s film sector and an equity audit of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. Prior to Sacramento, he served as the first CEO of Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) for more than nine years. While at HAA, he worked closely with a board of more than 30, multiple committees, staff and partner agencies including VisitHouston, the Greater Houston Partnership, cultural districts and universities. Jonathon co-chaired the tourism committee of VisitHouston, partnered on multiple cultural tourism initiatives, and lead two studies on the creative economy in Houston region. He was also the chairman of the board of Texans for the Arts (TFA), a statewide arts advocacy organization. He was Executive Director of Arts & Culture for the City of Pasadena, CA where he led multiple cultural tourism initiatives and partnerships, represented that city with the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition & Festival, and led the city’s cultural planning process, in partnership with the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission. Jonathon began his career with city arts agencies in Evanston, IL, and his arts career with the International Sculpture Center, in Washington, DC where he wrote for SCULPTURE magazine and traveling exhibitions internationally. He studied urban economics and public policy at Indiana University, and art and architectural history at University of Illinois. He also studied at University of Kent, in Canterbury, England, where he focused on British urban policy.
Tomoko Kuta, Deputy Museum Director at The New Children’s Museum, directs the arts and programmatic content for the country’s only children’s museum focused on contemporary art. Based on a solid understanding of the arts, arts education, developmental psychology, and Part of the leadership team, she additionally works alongside her and visitor engagement, she develops the museum’s strategic vision. Hired in 2011, Tomoko is responsible for executing the museum’s art installations, studio program, arts education initiatives, community outreach, and the daily visitor experience. She has worked in museums and other non-profit organizations since 1992, working with artists, curators, educators, and other professionals to develop exhibitions, build permanent collections, design user-centered education programs, and train staff. As a leader, she emphasizes empowering her team to realize their potential and best serve audiences. Her projects have received funding from nationally-acclaimed agencies such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She participates on the leadership team of Art=Opportunity and recently joined the board of the California Association of Museums. She has also served as co-chair for the Association of Children’s Museum’s annual conference and was arts commissioner with the city of Encinitas. Tomoko earned a BS from Cornell University and an MA from the University of Chicago.
Light refreshments will be provided.