April 15, 2024
A choice of the artists and different individuals chosen as a part of the Far South/Border North program. Picture credit score: Display shot, www.sandiego.gov

Residents in San Diego and Imperial counties quickly will start seeing the work of dozens of artists centered on bringing consciousness to the area’s most pressing points.

The Far South/Border North: Artists and Cultural Practitioners in Neighborhood grant program, introduced final yr, goals to create jobs for regional artists, whereas specializing in main points together with public well being, civic engagement, local weather change and social justice.

The campaigns will goal communities ranked within the lowest quartile of the California Wholesome Locations Index, which appears at social circumstances that drive well being, corresponding to training, job alternatives and clear air and water. 

“Lots of our area’s most civically-engaged artists and tradition bearers are actually partnering with businesses working to handle a number of the metropolis’s highest priorities – homelessness, environmental justice and neighborhood well being – all anchored in our fairness framework,” mentioned Jonathon Glus, San Diego’s arts and tradition director.  “In the end, this effort is empowering artists to guide change on the community-based degree.”  

For the previous six months, 60 artists and different individuals took half in peer-learning and group actions to foster connections and community-building whereas additionally creating marketing campaign designs. 

Between November and Might 2024, the group will perform quite a lot of tasks, starting from performing arts and visible arts to literature, music and movie.  

Domestically, campaigns embrace a cellular arts studio that may go to Santa Ysabel and Julian to advertise psychological well being. One other mission in Metropolis Heights combines storytelling with neighborhood. A joint marketing campaign in San Ysidro will concentrate on recording and highlighting elders’ tales.  

In Imperial County, a podcast collection will function interviews with activists and neighborhood organizers relating to social justice.  One other mission highlights ecological considerations surrounding the Salton Sea.

“Our communities want the liberty of self-expression that artists and cultural practitioners symbolize to actually thrive,” mentioned Megan Thomas, president and CEO of an initiative accomplice, Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties. “This initiative not solely empowers artists with sources and studying, nevertheless it gives a blueprint for the way an ecosystem of philanthropy, public organizations, nonprofits and particular person folks can strengthen communities.” 

The Far South/Border North initiative is funded by a $4.75 million California Artistic Corps grant supplied by the California Arts Council, a state company, and $1.4 million from the Conrad Prebys Basis.  

Different companions for Far South/Border North embrace the San Diego Regional Arts and Tradition Coalition and the San Diego Basis, Alliance San Diego, A Cause to Survive, Casa Acquainted, Imperial County Meals Financial institution and RISE San Diego.