About 150 local arts and culture nonprofits get thousands of dollars from the city’s hotel tax every year.
The city’s Commission for Arts and Culture oversees two funding programs – one funds operating costs, the other helps pay for specific community events.
The San Diego Museum of Art, for instance, got about $291,000 last fiscal year from the city. The nearby San Diego Museum of Man received about $169,000.
The arts commission recently made some tweaks to the funding programs, simplifying the application process, making changes to the review procedures and launching a new initiative meant to get more – and more diverse – arts groups to apply.
On this week’s San Diego Explained, Monica Dean and I explain how some recent tweaks to city arts funding could bring more cultural nonprofits into the fold.