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Coronado Cultural Arts Commission The State of the Arts Annual Report 2012

City of Coronado California 92118


The Coronado City Council Resolution creating the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission (CCAC) charged it with the following duties and responsibilities: The Commission shall:  Recognize and encourage groups and organizations that

enrich Coronado life by bringing cultural and artistic works of art and providing access to a variety of performance arts offering a diverse mix of events.  Recommend to the City Council policies and practices to

develop and promote the arts.  Advocate for non-profit and private arts groups operating

in and for the benefit of the citizens of the City of Coronado.  Encourage educational art experiences for children and

citizens.  Offer recommendations to the City Council regarding

acquisition or exhibition of quality works of art.  Submit an annual report to the City Council on the State

of the Arts in Coronado and the activities and plans of the Coronado Arts Commission.


Coronado Cultural Arts Commission "Understanding and  acknowledging  the  incredible  economic impact of the non‐profit  arts and culture  industry,  we  must  always  remember  their  fundamental  value.  They  foster  beauty,  crea vity,  originality,  and  vitality.  The  arts  inspire  us,  soothe  us, provoke us, involve us, and connect us. But they  also create jobs and contribute to the economy." 

—Robert L. Lynch  President and CEO  Americans for the Arts 

This is the first State of the Arts Annual Report on the activities of the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission (CCAC) during its organization and first year of existence. The Commission is an advisory body to the Coronado City Council and, as such, seeks to serve and partner with our many local artists and cultural arts organizations, and to act as a catalyst in further developing a vibrant and cohesive arts community, strengthening education, enhancing economic and tourism development, and enriching life. This Commission’s creation is a statement that the City of Coronado finds value in the arts and invites its citizens to engage and participate in them. Created September 26, 2011, by City Council Resolution #8507, the Commission consists of seven volunteer commissioners who are appointed to serve three-year terms by the City Council through a public application process. As a sign of the economic times in which the CCAC was created, there is not a designated budget. Library Director, Christian Esquevin, serves as the city’s liaison to the Commission. The CCAC meets on the first Thursday of each month at 4:30 PM in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The meetings are open, and the public is invited to attend. Agendas and minutes of previous meetings are posted and available on the City’s website:

Inside: Letter from the Mayor


Public Art


Greetings from the Chair




A New Beginning


Art Education


Charting Our Course


Arts Advocacy & Fundraising


Meet Your Commissioners


Public Relations & Film


Looking Ahead: 2013


Creative Community Partnerships


Performing Arts


Visual & Literary Arts



A Letter from the Mayor … my arms wide open to the arts


Greetings from the Chair … from where I sit I remember the first time I came to Coronado to attend a convention at the Hotel Del in the early 90’s. Coming over the bridge I saw the Del outlined against the blue sky and ocean and accented by the vivid green of the golf course. Driving through historic neighborhoods and downtown, I felt I was being transported back in time. I was completely charmed - it was love at first sight! I immediately started plotting how to get to live here... A couple of years later when my husband and I bought our first home here, having just left a job as Executive Director of the La Quinta Arts Foundation in the desert, I immediately started looking for “my people” – the “artsy group.” What I found were bits and pieces of an arts community, but certainly not what I had expected. Coronado rivals Carmel in location and beauty, and I fully expected a similar community flourishing with art, artists, and arts organizations. At that time Kris McClung only dreamed of having an “arts school” at Coronado High; Coronado Historical Association (CHA) was quietly going about its business from a Victorian home off Orange. I found Coronado Arts Association (CAA) artists in the park, but upon inquiry about a “city arts festival” found there was none. Neither was there an Arts Council, an Arts Commission, or even a Local Arts Agency. Lamb’s Players Theater was just renovating their home in the Spreckels building, and the Coronado Playhouse was a small “eclectic” building on the bay. I did find a beautiful classic library, wonderful summer concerts in the park, and more here than initially met the eye.

September, attracts over 10,000 arts lovers. The library expanded and acquired its own outstanding art collection, including several historic pieces. CAA artists still show in the park on Sundays, and Promenade Concerts in the Park recently celebrated their fortieth anniversary frequently joined by Coronado’s own “Community Band.” Yes, it was plainly obvious that the arts had achieved a higher profile in Coronado than 20 years ago, but there still seemed to be something missing. All the pieces of the puzzle were here, but where was the frame bringing it together? Who could step forward to bring all the various groups and artists together to work in collaboration to support and expand the arts in our city? Well, therein was the answer: the City of Coronado. A municipal government is in a unique position to provide leadership and support in a neutral environment to the benefit of artists, arts organizations, and the community. A New Beginning on page 6 tells how the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission was established. This report is a testament to the good work that has begun.

Fast forward 20 years, Coronado’s arts organizations have grown and matured. We now have a nationally-acclaimed Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) as a school-within-aschool at CHS with its own state-of-the-arts Performing Arts Center with two theatres. Coronado Playhouse has a beautiful theater to call home as part of the Community Center. The city initiated a Public Art Program, and, working with the Port of San Diego, places whimsical, fabulous pieces of art all around our city. Lambs, building on their success in Coronado, opened a second location in the historic Horton Theater in San Diego’s Gaslight district. The Coronado Museum of History and Art is housed in a historic building on Orange Ave., sharing the space with the Coronado Visitor’s Center. The CHA’s annual arts festival, Coronado Art Walk, held each

Our thanks to the Mayor and members of the Coronado City Council for stepping up to the plate! Thank you for the confidence and trust you have placed in us, the founding commissioners. We are working hard to be good stewards with the responsibilities you have entrusted to us. The community has rallied around our work, and, with their continued participation and support, we have great expectations for the future. As good as it is, it is going to get even better; truly, the best is yet to come! Heidi Wilson CCAC Chair


A New Beginning … to succeed you must start

The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission grew out of a grass roots community effort to bring greater attention and focus to Coronado’s rich and abundant arts community. With a number of successful arts organizations already in existence, joined by a significant and talented array of known artists and other supporters, it was felt that what was known and visible was actually just scratching the surface of what is actually here. An Arts Forum in June of 2011 was well attended by 65 artists, arts organizations, and interested community individuals. This group became the nucleus for further plans and activities. Our next outreach, the Arts Happening in late September, was attended by nearly 300 arts supporters who came out to view the works of 71 local artists, see vignettes from our local art galleries, and meet with our local arts organizations, while enjoying wine tastings, appetizers, and the sounds of one of our local bands. Carried by a wave of positive enthusiasm, the crowd moved on to the City Council Chambers for a Special Meeting of the Coronado City Council. It then came as no surprise that the audience broke into spontaneous applause when the Council voted unanimously in support of the resolution that officially created the new “Coronado Cultural Arts Commission.” A special video created for the event, showcasing Coronado as a true arts community, is still available for viewing at: http:// It had over 500 viewings prior to being re-mastered to reflect creation of the new commission.


 Recognize and encourage the pursuits of individual artists, as well as organizations that enrich Coronado life by bringing cultural and artistic works of art, performances, and a diverse mix of other arts-related events to the city.  Advocate for private and non-profit arts groups operating in and for the benefit of the citizens of the City of Coronado.

City Council Resolution #8507, enacted September 26, 2011, laid the foundation for the new CCAC’s work and became the guiding light as we began to chart our course and develop the new organization. Inspired by the resolution, the commissioners adopted the following:

ENRICHMENT The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission serves the Coronado community as an umbrella organization and voice for the arts through support, enrichment, and development of a thriving arts environment.

 Encourage educational arts experiences for children and citizens of every age.  Offer recommendations to the City Council regarding acquisition or exhibition of quality works of art




 Ensure and improve the health of the local arts community by seeking outside funding as needed to facilitate development of the arts in Coronado.  Recommend to the City Council policies and practices to develop and promote the arts in Coronado.

We value the arts and believe that they have the power to life the human spirit to a higher place.

CORE VALUES    

Art belongs to everyone. Art is an essential element of life in Coronado. Art informs the times in which it is created. Art inspires, heals, energizes, and educates us.


Charting Our Course

. . . mapping the future

Early on it was a philosophical decision of the commission to involve as much of the community as possible in our work so that CCAC goals and activities would truly be reflective of the community at large and not just the ideas of a few select individuals. To accomplish this in an organized and effective manner, we identified seven program areas covering all known areas of possibility and set up informal “Working Teams”.

As a result, new avenues of artistic expression have sprung forth in ways we never imagined, as is the case of our new Visual and Literary Arts and the Public Relations and Film groups, both of which required an immediate amendment to our original Working Team categories. What we have found is perhaps best summed up by one of our renowned local artists who sent a note right after CCAC’s formation stating: “Thank God, I’ve waited 35 YEARS for this to happen.”

WORKING TEAMS Each team chaired by a member of the commission. These groups identify, explore, and make recommendations to the commission as a whole. With tremendous support from our local press - both print and electronic - we put out a call to the community for volunteers to join us on the various working teams. The response was as amazing as the germination of flower seeds, dormant in the soil until the right conditions present themselves. Individuals came forward to offer their experience and expertise to assist us as we moved forward. The resulting “Floral Bouquet” was nothing short of astonishing as we found individuals of enormous talent and experience living here who had almost never participated in the arts community; arts-passionate individuals living here, but invisible. It was EXACTLY as we had hoped from the very beginning. And, we found that they were eager to participate and happy to share their knowledge, expertise, and experience.


Founding Chair: Steve Baker ARTS EDUCATION

Founding Chair: Kris McClung ARTS ADVOCACY & FUNDRAISING

Current Chair: Kari Kovach Founding Chair: Healy Henderson PUBLIC ART

Founding Chair: Jeff Tyler MEDIA

Founding Chair: Heidi Wilson VISUAL & LITERARY ARTS

Current Chair: Susan Enowitz Founding Chair: Doris Besikof PUBLIC RELATIONS & FILM

Founding Chair: Doug St. Denis


Meet Your Commissioners … passionate about the arts Heidi Wilson’s visionary strengths have been one of the driving forces in the establishment of the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission and she currently serves as its Chair. A passionate arts supporter, she has experienced first-hand the power of art to heal and teach as well as inspire. That passion fuels her desire to insure that art is an integral part of the everyday fabric of our lives and to see that the creative experience of arts education is available to all children. A former Chair of the Coronado Public Art Sub-committee, Heidi has 25+ years of arts administration experience and has harnessed the power of collaborative efforts to bring together artists, organizations, and residents to support, encourage, and further develop a thriving and vibrant creative community in Coronado.

Steve M. Baker brings a lifetime in the arts to the Commission as Vice-Chair. A musician (piano and trumpet) since the age of seven, he has performed as a piano soloist with many orchestras including under the baton of John Williams and Elmer Bernstein. His 25+ years of marketing experience include a stint at Carnegie Hall and most recently, at the San Diego Symphony where he serves as Senior Director of Marketing since 2009. Steve’s vision and multifaceted comprehensive understanding of the arts as a performer, an administrator, and community citizen perfectly position him to lead the Commission’s Performing Arts Working Team and his dynamic experience provided critically important elements to the website development process.

Susan Enowitz has an exceptional background and brings unique skills to the Commission where she serves as Chair of the Visual and Literary Arts Working Teams. Her Master’s degree in Anthropology and extensive research and travels led to an understanding of the importance of personal expression through the arts to people, no matter where or when they lived. Her career in museums includes 16 years at the San Diego Museum of Man, where she received a national award as an innovator in education, and most recently she retired as Executive Director of the Coronado Historical Association, where she gained insightful knowledge of the community of Coronado, both its past and present. A knowledgeable and strong supporter of public art, Susan has been involved with Coronado’s Public Art program since 2007.

Kari A. Kovach was inspired to become involved in the Commission after the revitalization of the Coronado Village Theatre. Kari sees the Commission as an opportunity to work with the community to continue to grow and strengthen Coronado’s position as an arts and cultural destination. Her comprehensive experience in marketing, advertising, brand consulting, promotions, and new product launches comes from an extensive career in senior management with Conde` Nast publications in New York City including stints with The New Yorker and Golf World. A graduate of Georgetown University, Kari’s first job out of college was serving as a media relations and logistics aide to Henry A. Kissinger. Currently, she is a principal in a market research and consulting company. Her strategic thinking skills are proving invaluable to her work as Chair of the Commission’s Arts Advocacy and Fundraising Team.


Kris McClung has over 30 years of work in the arts at the Coronado Unified School District and has always been passionately immersed in the arts. As Founder and former Director of the Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA), Kris successfully wrote grants which received over $4 million for the arts in Coronado’s schools. After her retirement in 2010 she became a project manager for the California Department of Education’s Arts, Media, and Entertainment Career Technical Education initiative. Kris is on the Steering Committee for CREATE CA, a statewide initiative to provide arts and creative education in California’s public schools. Her intimate knowledge of arts education both in Coronado and around the state give the Commission a strong voice for strengthening “Arts Ed” for all ages in our city. Kris is Chair of the Commission’s Arts Education Working Team.

Doug St. Denis states she was “born passionate for the arts” which is aptly demonstrated by her work as a writer, poet, dancer, painter, architect, and actress. Her resume includes years of service to the City of Coronado and other local non-profit organizations. She has been the recipient of several prestigious awards honoring her service to Coronado and the arts including the 2008 “Legend” award from the Soroptimists, the 2010 Star Award from the San Diego Performing Arts League, and the 2012 Coronado First Bank “Citizen of the Year” award. Doug is currently focusing on establishing the Coronado Island Film Festival organization after providing assistance and leadership with the start-up of the Cultural Arts Commission aamd served as founding Vice-Chair. It is her energy, creativity, and connectivity to the community which she brings to the Commission as Chair of the Public Relations and Film Working Team.

For many years Jeff Tyler was Director of Corporate Advancement and Development for Lamb’s Players Theater where he used both his MBA and a strong management background developed as a senior U.S, Navel officer and as President of a San Diego Electronics Company. Currently as a Realtor with Lee Mather Company, Jeff brings a long history of community involvement and a true love of the arts to his current position as Chair of the Commission’s Public Art Working Team. He is excited with the opportunity to help make a difference inspiring and stimulating artistic awareness of Coronado residents and visitors. Already his leadership, initiative, focus, and communication skills have contributed to community collaborations enhancing Coronado’s Public Art opportunities.

Staff-Liaison Christian Esquivein is Director of the Coronado Public Library and staff liaison to the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission. The Library's significant art collection and archives are due in no small part to his efforts to acquire and preserve Coronado's rich artistic and cultural heritage for current and future generations. He has a passion for art in film, art history, and is both a collector and historian of costume design art from the classic films of Hollywood about which he authored a beautifully illustrated book: Adrian ~ Silver Screen to Custom Label.


Performing Arts … engaging hearts and minds Our many, varied Performing Arts groups form the nucleus for exciting collaborative events. A desire to see them achieve new levels of success individually also drives this active group. They seek to assist and promote city and local organizations in the presentation of performances (music, dance, theater, or multi-media) for residents and visitors alike. This group provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, plans, and scheduling information; for encouraging collaboration within the performing arts community; and for identifying common areas of need and exploring solutions


GOALS:  Identify all performing arts groups and individuals operating in Coronado.  Coordinate annual calendars to avoid scheduling conflicts and increase awareness of community events.  Identify ideas and events suitable for collaborative efforts.  Develop a website that can serve as a Master Calendar for all community arts events  Identify areas of need and collaborate on solutions

2013 PREVIEW:  Consolidate individual organization calendars to develop a “Master Calendar of Events”  Sponsor a workshop to demonstrate the new web site; how it works, how to upload events, and to develop directory pages and links  Identify and develop a data base of local and regional performing arts resources, including venues and performers  Hold a Workshop on enrolling organizations in the national Cultural Data Project  Collaborate on activities, focusing on community engagement of the arts.


Steve Baker Founding Chair Phil Imming Coronado Community Band Barron Hanzel, Katy Skyrud Coronado Community Playhouse Shane Schmeichel, Sherril Altstadt Gary Altstadt Coronado School of the Arts Donna Crossman Band & Choir Boosters Christian Esquevin Coronado Public Library Arthur Connors Coronado Senior Assn. Denise Schwab Ferry Landing Mgmt. Co. Robert Smyth Kerry Meads Lamb’s Players’ Theatre Bruce Linder Coronado Historical Association Jantina Perry Musica Vitale Bill Gise Floyd Ross Promenade Concerts in the Park Tom Luedtke Coronado Jazz Band Kari Kovach CCAC Arts Advocacy

Visual & Literary Arts


… cultivating creativity

Working Team Susan Enowitz, Current Chair

The Visual and Literary Arts Working Team has moved forward with speed and vision attracting impassioned participants and offering a wide variety of well-received events for the community. The working team started with an overall mission to energize the artistic and literary climate of our city; to identify and showcase local art, artists, and writers; to enrich the artistic environment for local artists and authors and our community; to encourage local arts groups and facilitate arts events that will artistically enrich and inspire our artists, writers, and the public at large; and to support the presence of local art and literature as part of commerce in our city.

Doris Besikof, Founding Chair Carolyn Ayres John Clampitt Jerry Greenspan Dan McGeorge Pamela Anne Murphy Anthea Rodgers Ethelyn J. Shinn

MISSION: To energize the local community with a presence of an art climate and to enrich the environment of local artists and authors

CORE VALUES: We believe the activities of this working team will be collaborative, rather than competitive, particularly with ethical respect for the interest of local businesses, arts groups, and individual artists and authors. This committee will be independent and not an offshoot of any existing arts organizations in the community. Art begets art. People want involvement, based on current events.

GOALS:  Identify the art currently in our community and determine what is needed to enrich and energize it.  Identify the artists and authors in our community in a way that is inclusive and makes it easy for them to come forward.  Focus on programs and activities that will enrich and enhance the quality of art in our community and its artists and authors.  Report and make recommendations to the commission based on our findings.

2012 HIGHLIGHTS:  Sponsored an Open Art Studio tour & music.  Sponsored a Writers’ Reading at WineStyles resulting in the creation of “Coronado Scribes,” a new writers’ group.

 Sponsored ”How to Publish Your Work” talk at the Winn Room.

 Sponsored “Easels Under the Trees” & Writers’ Reading group, joining the Sara Rowe Show at the library in conjunction with Art Walk

 Developed a “Certificate of Appreciation” to be given on behalf of the Commission to arts supporters in the community.

 Sponsored a Poetry Reading.  Sponsored the formation of a Journaling Project.  Identified approximately 100 additional artists in our community who are interested in further development of the arts in Coronado.

2013 PREVIEW:    


Develop a program for “Art in Vacant Storefronts.” Develop an “Artists’ Registry.” Continue development of writers’ and artists’ community. Assist artists in developing their profile pages for the new CCAC website.

Public Art … it’s for everyone In 2001, the City established Coronado’s Public Art program by authorizing a sub-committee of its Design Review Commission to select and recommend art for a new City Hall. Working in conjunction with the Port of San Diego to assist in the selection of art for the Port’s Coronado Tidelands’ properties, and assisting with the commission and acquisition of other works of art have resulted in a collection of 30 public art pieces. Upon its creation, the CCAC assumed the responsibility for the city’s public art program. Building on the foundation already in place, the revitalized Public Art Working Team has developed an impressive agenda.



To enhance the cultural and aesthetic quality of life in Coronado by actively pursuing the selection, acquisition, placement, and preservation of art in public spaces, and serving to preserve and develop public access to the arts To ensure that the vitality of the arts in Coronado is continued as an integral part of the future of the City as well as its citizens

 Celebrated the placement of Sea Level at the City’s new Boat House.  Assisted in facilitating the purchase of Handstand at the Community Center.  Researched and assisted in the development of a comprehensive Coronado Public Art Master Plan.

2013 PREVIEW:  Develop short term (1-yr.) and long term (5 yr.) objectives and associated action items based on the Master Plan.  Take a lead role in developing public art for display in the Coronado Plaza Clock Tower.  Collaborate with the Senior Center Design team to make art an integral part of the new center.

GOALS: To encourage the broad distribution of public art throughout Coronado. To recommend acquisition of a broad range of works of art of the highest quality. To encourage collaborative efforts among artists, architects, and landscape architects To ensure the preservation of Coronado’s historic art pieces. To encourage human interactions with public places by the placement of public art.

PUBLIC ART Working Team Jeff Tyler, Founding Chair Susan Enowitz Jody Esquer Phil Hammett Bob Kipperman Steve Mather Dina Ochs Marilyn Rees Susan Ronan (Rep to SD Port PA Committee)


Media . . . promoting the Arts In the rapidly changing world of communication, the need for an effective method of marketing the arts and sharing information was identified over and over by arts groups and individuals as we developed plans for an arts commission. While every organization and many individual artists have their own websites, many with a calendar component, the ability to access all arts events on any given date, is not available. Without a master calendar, planning future events is a hit or miss situation with sometimes 2 or 3 events on a given evening and nothing the day before or after – even exclusive of week-ends. With focused attention to detail, the three-member working team, joined by Library Director Christian Esquevin, spent several months evaluating websites and working in collaboration with CCAC’s Performing Arts Working Team members to develop criteria pertinent to our needs The resulting CCAC website will allow each organization to upload its own events, and will offer them a web page on our site with links to their own. Individual artists are to have a page plus a listing in the “Artists’ Registry.” Using state of the art features, the new website: is now under development and scheduled to launch in early summer 2013. Social media connections will be developed and added shortly thereafter.



GOALS:  Promote Coronado artists and arts organizations, their events and activities, along with those of the CCAC.

 Develop a social media presence for the CCAC.


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 Researched and reviewed general websites as well as those

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specific to arts organizations with a particular interest in calendar components.  Developed a list of features and elements to be included in a staff-generated RFP for developing a Community Calendar website.  Reviewed bid proposals and recommended selection of Raindrop Marketing.  Outlined development of the specific materials to be included on the new website.





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To work with local cultural arts organizations and individual artists along with others seeking to offer arts- related events to develop and maintain a collaborative, comprehensive communication strategy for all things related to arts and culture in Coronado

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2013 PREVIEW:  Coordinate development of CCAC’s new community calendar

MEDIA Working Team


Heidi Wilson, Founding Chair

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Steve Baker Kelly Purvis Christian Esquevin



website: in collaboration with local arts organizations and artists. Develop protocol, policies, and procedures regarding use of the new site for presentation to the CCAC for approval. Collaborate with other City bodies on development of a citywide “web policy.” Explore and make recommendations to the City concerning commercial “Sponsorship” opportunities for CCAC activities. Develop and execute a “launch plan” for the new website at the ARTS FORUM on June 20, 2013.

Arts Education … unlocking imagination ““Arts Education” covers a broad spectrum of possibilities including community art classes, arts education as part of school curriculum, and professional development workshops for artists and teachers to name a few. Most nonprofessionals who engage in artistic endeavors do so as a creative outlet, something they enjoy and find value in pursuing. However, for our children art isn’t just for fun; involvement in the arts has been documented to provide gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork and has been shown to effectively enable children challenged in a variety of ways to bridge the gap to success. But arts education isn’t just for children; learning in the arts has been shown to enable individuals of all ages to develop and sharpen critical thinking, as well as collaborative and creative skills.

MISSION: The Arts Education Working Team embraces artistic creativity and encourages arts education experiences for all ages.

We are blessed in Coronado to have a school district that values the arts and has embraced the state’s new “Blueprint for Creative Schools.” We have an extraordinary School of the Arts (CoSA) on the campus of Coronado High School, and Coronado Unified School District also offers art classes through their adult Education Program. We have a City Recreation Program that offers recreational art classes to children throughout the year, and there are numerous individual artists who offer classes and instruction in a variety of media. This team’s overall goal is to identify resources, encourage collaborations, and identify and seek solutions to areas of unmet need.

GOALS:  Promote arts education and performances/exhibition

opportunities for arts learners.  Facilitate arts education partnerships among city, school district, and private entities.  Support professional development in the arts for teachers.

2013 PREVIEW:  Identify sites where private and adult arts


education is taking place in the community in addition to known school sites.  Define difference between “arts education” as opposed to “recreational art.”  Collaborate with the City and CUSD on plans for Coronado’s local programming station Channel 19.  Collaborate on art exhibits based on school curriculum with the school district, library and Coronado Recreation Department.

Working Team Kris McClung Founding Chair Linda Benning Linda Kullmann Claudia Gallant Change Michael Tony Perri Shane Schmeichel Margaret Wright


Arts Advocacy & Fundraising … strengthening and sustaining the Arts

This Working Team has three separate functions: 1.) to identify and establish associations and partnerships with local, regional, state, and national arts agencies and service organizations; 2.) to gather and disseminate data demonstrating the local economic impact the arts make on our daily lives; and 3.) to identify and pursue funding sources, grant opportunities, and other fundraising activities to benefit local cultural arts organizations, individual artists, and the CCAC itself.

2012 REVIEW:  CCAC Fundraising Event: “Sara’s Coronado” an

exhibition and sale of donated artwork from the estate of local artist Sara Rowe held in September in conjunction with CHA’s Art Walk.  RESULTS: $9,000 in sales and donations to fund development costs of CCAC’s new Community Arts Calendar website: due to launch summer of 2013 and dedicated to Sara’s memory.

2013 PREVIEW: ADVOCACY:  Represent Coronado in local and regional arts-related planning and meetings. Work with local arts partners to develop an Economic Impact Statement.  Collaborate with CCAC’s Performing Arts Working Team to enroll local organizations in the National Cultural Data Project (CDP).\ FUNDRAISING:  Identify fundraising opportunities and/or assist with identified opportunities as needed.  Identify funding and grant resources and distribute information, as appropriate, to arts organizations and/ or individual artists.

ARTS ADVOCACY & FUNDRAISING Working Team Healy Henderson Founding Chair Kari Kovach Chair


Public Relations & Film . . . promoting the arts and film This Working Team combines two separate functions: 1.) to promote through the local media the arts-related activities and sponsored events of the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission and its working teams; and 2.) to focus on Film as an art form and celebrate its profound influence on our culture. Relationships have been established with local and regional media which allows this working team to function as a single point of contact for all CCAC activities. As a result, our new commission has enjoyed unprecedented media coverage, which attracted a host of volunteers, supporters, and greatly contributed to our commission’s first-year success. The film designation was originally envisioned as a way of potentially providing support for the city by developing guidelines, much like a city film commission might do. However, the term “film” quickly sparked a different reaction in the community: a ground swell of strong interest supporting the idea of Coronado offering a unique film festival. With CCAC taking the lead role, a whirlwind of activity soon developed, and the idea quickly outgrew the scope of the CCAC and spawned its own 501 (c) (3) nonprofit foundation: the Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF). The CCAC is proud to have parented this new organization, and we look to this active and impassioned group to change the cultural landscape of our city in the coming years.

PUBLIC RELATIONS & FILM Working Team Doug St. Denis Founding Chair Lance Alspaugh Susan Anderson Christian Esquevin Kari Kovach Harvey Mabry Jill McClure Dina Ochs Tony Perri Dotty Turner Bianca Valle

MISSION:  Contribute to increased awareness of the arts in Coronado by promoting the CCAC and its activities.  Advance and enhance the love and appreciation of film in Coronado by bringing together films, cultural arts, educational programming, and related activities in association with other appropriate organizations.

GOALS:  Continue to promote CCAC activities and events to the media  Engage CIFF and other organizations in the planning process to facilitate city-wide collaborative efforts centered around film themes.

2012 REVIEW:  Set up a data base with local and regional media contacts.  Distributed Press Releases for all CCAC events and activities.  Began research on the viability of a Coronado Island Film Festival.

2013 PREVIEW:  Provide leadership to assist in the development of the Coronado Island Film Festival non-profit to produce the Film Festival in association with the CCAC.  Collaborate with other organizations to include film screenings, live performances, storytelling, music, parties, exhibits, lectures, panel discussions, and more.


Looking Ahead: 2013 . . . the future is bright

The future is bright for the arts in Coronado. Exciting, collaborative events among the CCAC and our partner organizations are already beginning with many more on the horizon. At the end of the Arts Forum in 2011, one of our local arts leaders commented that this was the first time she had ever sat at a table with her organizational counter-parts, and she was excited by the synergistic possibilities from conversations started that day. Creative ideas are starting to come to life as plans formulate for new and dynamic initiatives and activities. We are excited by the start made this past year but challenged as we look to the future. As a city, Coronado has already seen its 100th birthday come and go, but our arts community is, in many ways, “still growing up”. Even though our residents have interest in and commitment to arts and culture, the necessary underpinnings of a vibrant cultural sector are not yet fully in place; we do not have a plan for the future of cultural development in our community.

strong foundation of cultural activities, yet there is a lack of consensus about what the city should aspire to in the areas of arts and culture. Within the planning process we will identify the current strengths of our cultural assets as well as look at any areas of weakness through a comprehensive community cultural assessment. Consideration will be given to the entire range of fine and traditional art forms, the humanities, as well as the history and heritage of this community and region. We need to give consideration to what it means to be a “tourist town” and how best to meet the needs of visitors, as well as seasonal and year-round residents.

The CCAC will provide leadership in assisting the city and our partnering organizations to define the role of arts and culture in our community. In order to achieve the maximum potential possible for our community, we propose to move forward with a citywide planning process entitled: Cultural Compass: A Strategic Vision for Arts and Culture. Coronado has a

On June 20th, a CCAC sponsored Arts Forum will be held in order to begin a community conversation about our cultural future. If you hear about this opportunity or are reading this report on our website after the Arts Forum and are interested in participating, please let us know via our Contact Us page on In the coming years this city-wide cultural conversation will offer extraordinary sharing and learning opportunities for people of all ages, providing participants with a chance to meet new people and get to know their community better. We invite you to join us on this grand new adventure and look forward to the journey.


Coronado’s Creative Community . . . alive, vibrant and growing Coronado is blessed to have a vibrant, lively, and engaging arts community and the Cultural Arts Commission is proud to provide a public face for Coronado’s body of creative industries. Grounded in a rich cultural heritage stretching back over a century, our enchanted island enjoys and shares two resident theater groups – Coronado Playhouse Community Theater, and Lamb’s Players Theatre (San Diego County’s third largest professional theater group) offer performances year around; the Coronado School of the Arts, a nationally acclaimed, award winning school located on the campus of Coronado High School; six fine art galleries – Arts & Frames by Woods, Art for Wildlife, Austin’s, Dan McGeorge, Shorelines and the Galleria. Music is well presented by the Coronado Community Band and the Coronado Jazz Band as well as Musica Vitale (an ensemble of professional classical singers) and two organizations provide a wide variety of free music concerts – Promenade Concerts in the Park (Summer Sunday evenings in Spreckles Park) and the Ferry Landing Concert Series (Saturday and Sunday afternoons spring to late fall). Our Coronado Senior Association provides classes, films and quarterly musical Cabarets open to the public and the Coronado Recreation Dept. and Coronado’s Unified School District Adult Education offer a host of classes for young to old year-around. The Coronado Historical Association represents both history and art with its museum exhibitions, historic archives, and as sponsor of the widely popular Historic Home tours (May) and Arts Walk (September). One of our crown jewels - the Coronado Public Library, offers on-going exhibitions,

children’s storytelling, lectures, films, and hosts discussion groups along with their own Summer Concert Series in the Winn Room. Our City boasts a collection of over 30 pieces of art in public places around town stretching from Tidelands Park to the south end of the Strand – a Public Art Walking Tour brochure is available for viewing on or pick one up at the Coronado Visitor’s Center. Adding to our visual bounty – a drive down Orange Street from the Ferry landing to the Del offers myriad opportunities to view and enjoy Mainstreet Ltd.’s sixteen unique and special median gardens, or tune into the buzz of downtown activity with MotorCars on Mainstreet (April) or Mainstreet Goes Ghostly (October). And last but certainly not least – the brand new Coronado Island Film Festival organization is working on plans to bring a Coronado Film Festival to life in 2014 hosting films in our historic and exquisitely restored Village Theater as well as CoSA’s Performing Arts Theater. Beyond the obvious organizations, Coronado is also home to a number of nationally recognized award-winning authors and poets, playwrights, TV, Film, and stage directors/producers, as well as actors, musicians, composers, and film makers. We offer a wide and richly textured variety of visual fine artists and craftsman rounding out what Coronado presents to its residents and shares with the world. Coronado Arts Association presents a variety of visual artists at their Art in the Park (1st and 3rd Sundays in Spreckels Park). Find them all listed in profile pages of the artist’s directory on The arts in Coronado are alive, vibrant and growing. We invite you to come take a closer look and let us share and engage you in our passion for creativity!


Partners . . . together we can accomplish more  In addition to offering one of the finest libraries in the County, the City of Coronado Public Library houses a beautiful collection of historic art and their ongoing exhibitions and programming provide a variety of activities from children’s storytelling to lectures, films, and concerts. 640 Orange Avenue – Info: 619.533.7930 ~

 The City of Coronado Recreation Dept. offers a wonderful assortment of arts related classes on an ongoing basis as well as summer and school holiday camps for young people designed to stimulate creativity, teach new skills and provide new sources for inspiration in addition to the normal recreation services one might expect. 1845 Strand Way –Info: 619.522. 7342 ~

 Established in 1959 the Coronado Art Association carries forward a proud and popular tradition of Art in the Park. The first and third Sunday of each month from 10am to 4pm year around, local member artists gather to show and sell their original artwork in our beloved Spreckels Park. Info: Gerry Lounsbury 619.435.4546 ~

 Open to all levels, Coronado Community Band and Coronado Jazz Band foster a sense of community for those interested in instrumental music and provides opportunities to practice and grow skills through weekly sessions at the Coronado High School and public concerts in a variety of locations. Info: Phil Imming 619.435.1299

 Coronado High School Adult Education provides low cost arts related classes each season to stimulate the mind and expand creative horizons. Info: 619.522.8911 ~

 Coronado Historical Association wears many hats and in addition to their critically important mission of preserving and sharing Coronado’s rich history they operate the Museum of Art and History as well as the Coronado Visitor Center both housed on Orange Avenue in Coronado’s first designated Historic Commercial building. CHA offers ongoing exhibitions and lectures, educates Coronado school children on local history, and sponsors an annual home tour and the Coronado ArtWALK. 1100 Orange Avenue, Info: 619.435.7242 ~

 The new non-profit group Coronado Island Film Festival has emerged from initial interest developed by the CCAC’s Film Working Team. Still in its infancy but with interest and energy growing rapidly, events and activities are planned to promote, and share their passion for the magical art of visual storytelling through screenings, competitions, workshops, lectures and other film-related events. Info: Doug St. Denis 619.435.0413

 Coronado Playhouse Community Theater is the oldest community theatre in San Diego County, and has been serving the Coronado community since 1946. A local theatre has the responsibility to challenge, educate, entertain, and enrich its constituency. Further, they draw upon local creative and technical talent to give Coronado and San Diego residents’ access to experience training in the theatrical arts while offering a wide variety of shows on a year around basis. On the bay at the Community Center. 1845 Strand Way, Info: 619.435.4856 ~ www.CoronadoPlayhouse.comm

 Coronado Mainstreet, Ltd. is committed to supporting and preserving one of our most basic and treasured resources – our downtown, a symbol of our community’s economic health, local quality of life, pride, and community history. They sponsor the median gardens on Orange and numerous events including MotorCars on MainStreet and Downtown Goes Ghostly. 1013 Park Place, Info: 619-437-0254 ~

 Sunday concerts in the park are signature elements of the Coronado experience where friendships and memories are made. Coronado Promenade Concerts produces and manages the Spreckels Park summer concert series that has been a staple of Coronado life for over four decades. Running every Sunday evening (usually a 6pm start) from Memorial Day week-end through Labor Day Week-end the series features classic Rock & Roll, Blues, Jazz, Military and Concert bands, and enough Swing to keep our “dancers” happy.

 The nationally acclaimed and award-winning Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) is a public arts conservatory pre-professional arts program reaches out to talented grade 9 -12 students in San Diego County. CoSA is the place for aspiring young artists to immerse themselves in an afternoon of classes in one of six performing or visual arts conservatories: Classical and Contemporary Dance, Digital Media and Filmmaking, Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre & Drama, Technical Theatre and Visual Arts. 650 D. Avenue, Info: 619.522.4050 ~

 The Coronado Senior Association is bustling with activity on a daily basis and with a motto that states: A complete and full life for seniors, they offer a meeting place for persons fifty years of age and older. The center offers a variety of programs, trips, special events, activities and classes at low-cost or free. 1019 Seventh Street, Info: 619.435.2616 ~

 Now in its 41st year, Lamb’s Players Theater sets out a varied theatrical menu each annual 5-play season (Feb. through November) offering musical, drama, comedy and adventurous premieres in their 350-seat resident theater in the historic Spreckels building followed by their annual An American Christmas held at the Hotel Del in December. They additionally operate the intimate off-Broadway style Horton Grand Theatre in San Diego’s Gaslamp district with an emphasis on longer running musicals. 1142 Orange Avenue, Info: 619.437.0600 ~

 Musica Vitale is a professional ensemble presenting a cappella chamber works of Western European and Slavic origin from the 19th and 20th centuries. Info: Jantina Perry 619.424.5890 ~


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June 10, 2013 version of the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission Annual Report