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Keeping San Diego County Creatives Working!

The purpose of the San Diego Arts + Culture Challenge Fund is to raise money and to distribute gap funding to nonprofit arts and culture organizations based in San Diego City and County in response to the COVID-19 crisis.  In Phase I, the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition partnered with the San Diego Foundation to provide emergency relief to small nonprofit organizations in San Diego County's agile and resilient creative sector.  32 grants were distributed totally $250,000.


In Phase 2, 225 donors supported relief directly to 121 artists that each received $1,000.  Phase 3 is in the fund raising process to support transformational support to mid-sized arts and culture or-ganizations to support programmatic reentry, planning and experimentation with promising new business practices occasioned by the crisis, and for or end-of-lifecycle transitions (e.g., mergers, consolidations or to preserve or protect cultural assets in the event of insolvency.  

Providing Mutual Aid for BIPOC Creatives Impacted by COVID-19

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A message from Actor Leonardo Nam in support of the #SDArtistFund

SDRACC was proud to partner with Pacific Arts Movement on the San Diego Artist Relief Fund, a mutual aid campaign that raised funds for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) artists and historically marginalized creative workers in our region. 


The San Diego Artist Relief Fund distributed one-time $1,000 grants to individual artists in San Diego County who are in dire financial need as a result of COVID-19. 




The San Diego Artist Relief Fund was organized by a diverse group of individual artists, organizers, arts administrators, educators, nonprofit founders, and advocates who love San Diego, and are passionate about developing a vibrant and equitable Arts & Culture sector.  Click here for a list of the good folks who helped shape this San Diego Artist Relief Fund. 

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Steering Committee

Matt Carney – Co-Chair, San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition
Matt D’Arrigo – Director of Creative Youth Development, The Clare Rose Foundation
Alex Goodman - Secretary, North County Philanthropy Council
Jonathon Glus – Executive Director, City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture
Jill Hall –Artist, Author and Chair of The San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Program
Victoria Hamilton – President, Californians for the Arts
Lee Ann Kim - Founder, Pacific Arts Movement
Susanna Peredo Swap - Founder & Executive Director, Vanguard Culture
Toni Robin – Principal, TR/PR Public Relations & Marketing
Felicia Shaw - Interim Executive Director, Women’s Museum of California
Lynnette Tessitore - Co-Chair, San Diego Regional Arts & Culture Coalition
Alan Ziter – Past Co-Chair, San Diego Regional Arts & Culture Coalition

special thanks to our phase 1 supporters

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