San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced that the city will earmark $1 million in funding to support “struggling” local artists, bolster public art in neighborhood parks and expand the Civic Art Collection.

This is also part of the city’s efforts to provide economic relief to those struggling financially during the pandemic, said the Mayor’s press release.

“As we continue to slowly reopen our economy, we’re looking for ways to help folks get through this difficult period and begin to recover,” Mayor Faulconer said.

 “That’s why we’re launching two new initiatives that will provide work for many struggling artists and create beautiful, thought-provoking public art for everyone to enjoy,” he added.

Mayor Faulconer noted that local artists are among many struggling to make ends meet as work opportunities are scarce.

To support those artists, the City of San Diego is launching two new initiatives to beautify public spaces like City parks and add new works to the City’s collection, the press release stated.

According to the release, the first arts initiative, SD Practice, will support artists through the direct purchase of existing artwork, providing income to working artists.

This effort is made possible through a $500,000 gift from the late Thomas O. Rasmussen, an avid contemporary art collector. 

While the second initiative, Park Social, the City is commissioning San Diego artists to develop site-specific temporary projects that create moments of reflection in park settings.

The $500,000 initiative is made possible thanks to a family bequest and developer fees paid to the Public Art Fund for the artistic enhancement of the City’s public spaces. 

It is anticipated that Park Social will launch this summer, said the release.

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