League of California Cities

San Diego supports its local creative industry during the pandemic and beyond

During the pandemic, San Diego's creative industry was suffering. By September 2020, 14,500 local artists, photographers, dancers, filmmakers, graphic designers, architects, and computer programmers had lost their jobs. The city acted fast and purchased 100 pieces of visual art by area artists – the largest such acquisition in the city’s history.
“The pandemic has been a difficult time for all of us. As an artist every show I had scheduled was canceled or postponed,” said San Diego artist Marianela de la Hoz. “… I felt honored and relieved when the city acquired my painting. It gave me a break so I could continue with my paintings and hope for a better future.”
The city also created a temporary art initiative to bring 18 unique installations and experiences to parks of all sizes throughout the city. This will directly benefit nearly 120 artists of all disciplines and will enhance the way San Diegans experience public spaces post-pandemic. San Diego understands that building a cultural and creative ecosystem is a critical part of its urban economy.

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