Mayor Gloria announces new Creative City plan to invest in the arts

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — It’s Arts Culture and Creativity Month in San Diego.

On Friday, Mayor Todd Gloria announced the city’s first cultural plan to pave the way for investment in the arts.

“We need to make sure our creative workforce can afford to live and work here,” said Mayor Todd Gloria.

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria announced the plan called Creative City.

This will be an 18-month community engagement and planning process that will culminate in a seven- to ten-year policy framework for San Diego.

“He will do two things. First, direct our investments in arts and culture. Second, to align our city’s cultural investments with the broader priorities of our great city,” said Mayor Gloria.

The creative community has been one of the hardest hit during the pandemic.

Californians for the Arts over the past two years, more than one hundred thousand jobs have been lost in the state’s arts industry.

Inside the Bread & Salt, an experimental center for the arts, you’ll find works by artists who could benefit from the plan.

“Our programming generally shows the work of artists who are not represented by commercial galleries,” said Joe Yorty.

Yorty is the creative director of Best Practice Gallery inside the center.

He said he operates as a non-profit organization and hopes the plan will result in funding for projects like theirs.

“We have to keep our jobs to pay our bills. At the moment, this project does not pay us a salary during our free time. We raise funds to pay our rent and to pay the artists and to pay for the supplies. . We do not see none of this funding in our own pockets,” Yorty said.

Mayor Gloria expects the planning process to be completed in early 2024.

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