The San Diego Museum of Art's Open Spaces public art program was funded by a generous grant from the James Irvine Foundation's Exploring Engagement Fund. From a radio station to public interventions, the Museum worked with four San Diego county neighborhoods to engage new audiences by supporting, implementing, and collaborating on the development of public art and art education programs throughout the county. An Artist-In-Residence was selected for 2013 and 2014 to work with two San Diego communities and Lead Artists to develop and realize a new public work in each community.
2013 Projects have focused on Lincoln Park (and the greater area including Valencia Park, Chollas View, and Emerald Hills) and Logan Heights (and the greater area including Barrio Logan, Grant Hill, Stockton, Memorial Heights, and Sherman Heights)
During each project community members work with selected artists' and Museum representatives to determine the content, location, and media of each work of art, and decide how this work reflects the unique character of their community. Attend a community meeting, or contact us for more information on how to become involved.
As an initiative of the James Irvine Foundation’s Exploring Engagement Fund, the Museum aims to create partnerships with new audiences that strengthen San Diego's cultural environment and celebrate beauty in local communities through:
- The creation of permanent, iconic works of public artworks which reflect the unique social fabric of each area, and strengthen a personal sense of identity and place.
- Spur cultural tourism and demonstrate the positive, economic impact of public art.
- Engage neighbors in a collaborative art project while building meaningful and enduring relationships between residents and the Museum.
- Support the imagination, uniqueness, and significance of local communities.