Open Spaces Fact Sheet
About the Irvine Grant
- In November 2012, The San Diego Museum of Art received a grant from one of California’s most respected arts grant making organizations; the James Irvine Foundation and their Exploring Engagement Fund.
- The Museum was awarded $530,000 to create the Open Spaces program, which seeks to strengthen relationships with diverse and underserved neighborhoods through art, as well as support the interest of The San Diego Museum of Art to share art beyond its home in Balboa Park.
- For the program, an artist-in-residence is hired to work with residents and community artists to conceptualize, plan and create works of art in underserved San Diego neighborhoods.
The goals for Open Spaces are to:
- Create iconic works of public art that 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.
- The program is titled Open Spaces to highlight the open dialogue among the community, artists and Museum that goes into the creation of each public artwork.
- San Diego artist Roberto Salas was selected as the first artist-in-residence. Salas specializes in site-specific artworks that conceptually integrate local history, community identity and cultural linkages.
- In the first phase of the program, Salas has started working with residents of the Lincoln Park community and will begin work with neighbors in Logan Heights this September. In 2014 a second artist-in-residence will be selected to oversee the remaining two neighborhood projects.
- Open Spaces has begun in the community that includes Lincoln Park, Valencia Park, Chollas View and Emerald Hills. The second community for this program includes Logan Heights, Barrio Logan, Grant Hill, Stockton, Memorial and Sherman Heights.
- In each community, a series of meetings will be held with community leaders, residents, and artists to discuss the content, locations, and media for their project, in collaboration with the artist-in-residence and the Museum. Currently the Museum has held five public meetings with the residents of Lincoln Park, during which time they have conceived of a public work that is currently under design.
- In each project, the artist and Museum work to build the artwork within the allotted budget and according to the community’s wishes. A community celebration will be planned around the dedication of each completed piece of public art.