December 2, 2023
Artists in San Diego County have fun “Arts, Tradition & Creativity Month” in California this April. Photograph by way of @CityofSanDiego Twitter

Sixty artists in San Diego and Imperial counties will obtain a complete of $2.6 million in Far South/Border North grants to develop inventive content material targeted on local weather, public well being and social justice, it was introduced Monday.

Far South/Border North is a California Inventive Corps arts program for the counties, led by the town of San Diego and carried out via a bi-county regional collaborative, in keeping with the town.

“With over 250 submissions within the first spherical from artists and cultural practitioners representing San Diego and Imperial counties, we’re thrilled to see the overwhelming response,” mentioned Christine E. Jones, chief of Civic Artwork Methods for the town. “The grants are aimed toward selling wholesome communities via creativity, and we sit up for supporting the grant recipients with the event and implementation of campaigns over the subsequent 12 months to carry consciousness to pressing points shaping our area at this time.”

Every grant might be offered to “develop inventive content material that will increase native consciousness of public well being, vitality and water conservation, local weather mitigation, civic engagement and social justice inside Imperial and San Diego counties.”

For the spherical one funds, every recipient will obtain $43,333, which incorporates $35,000 for artist and cultural practitioner charges and $8,333 to advance their marketing campaign, a program assertion reads. Grantees chosen replicate a “broad spectrum of numerous inventive practices,” with 77% working or residing in an space designated as being within the lowest quartile of the California Wholesome Locations Index.

“The Far South/Border North spherical one cohort reaffirms the distinctive inventive and cultural views and practices thriving in our area at this time — from social follow artists and cultural practitioners working in Oceanside to Calexico and throughout San Diego and Imperial counties,” mentioned Felicia Shaw, San Diego Regional Arts and Tradition Coalition government director.

“As an implementation associate, we collectively see this regional, open-call grant course of as a chance to catalyze visionary artists and cultural practitioners in intersectional work that fuels positivity and contributes to well being fairness inside our most disproportionately impacted communities,” Shaw mentioned.

The spherical one grants have been administered via a regional assessment course of involving an analysis of eligible functions by a panel of San Diego and Imperial County-based arts, cultural and social subject volunteers.

Spherical two of the Far South/Border North grant program will open June 13. That spherical will concentrate on grant functions from organizations and native and tribal governments to rent artists and cultural practitioners.

The Conrad Prebys Basis just lately dedicated $1.4 million to Far South/Border North, boosting the $4.75 million California Inventive Corps grant from the California Arts Council, a state company, to a complete of $6.15 million for this system.

“We imagine an excellent arts neighborhood celebrates and lifts its artists and turns to them for inspiration and hope,” mentioned Prebys Basis CEO Grant Oliphant. “Artists carry a useful perspective to the pressing well being, local weather and democracy challenges that outline our occasions and can form our shared future, and we’re delighted to help them in that work.”

Far South/Border North implementation companions embrace Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties, San Diego Regional Arts and Tradition Coalition and the San Diego Basis. The group additionally consists of 5 nonprofit organizations, Alliance San Diego, A Cause to Survive, Casa Acquainted, Imperial County Meals Financial institution and RISE San Diego.

Extra details about this system is accessible at go to

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.