Thursday, May 12, 2011

Advocating for the Arts

The San Diego Asian Film Foundation has been fortunate to be a part of a growing diverse artistic community that shows that it can thrive with healthy arts and culture. San Diego's attraction not only lies in it's Zoo, beaches, or parks. It also lies in the growing immigrant communities, their cultures and the arts that result from this infusion. San Diego has great destinations that show the beauty of fine art, commercial arts, and of course, heritage arts.

Yesterday, representatives from the San Diego Arts and Culture Coalition, which includes the San Diego Asian Film Foundation, along with the Commission for Arts and Culture presented to the San Diego City Council and advocated for Mayor Jerry Sander's FY 2012 budget that keeps Arts funding at current levels.

Our mission was not to be politically divisive, but to demonstrate the cultural enrichment, safe environment, and economic return on investment that the Arts provides. On a personal level, I was so proud to see many different arts organizations at the City Council chambers. This show of support truly gave me a sense of belonging and hope that the Arts can not only survive in San Diego, but thrive.

So, if you love what we do, and what others like Mo'olelo, La Jolla Playhouse, Museum of Photographic Arts, the Museum of Art, the Old Globe, and many other wonderful Arts organizations do, then think about how you can help continue to show how important the Arts is to you in San Diego.

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