San Diego
Like much of Southern California, San Diego County embodies the social, political and artistic extremes of the region. San Diego is a military area, a border town, a retirement community, an occupied territory and a vacation destination all in one. These sub-cultures produce and provide distinct ecosytems for the area’s residents, generating narratives that often contradict and collide with each other. The art community has responded to these contradictions for generations, ignoring them in some case as an act of political defiance, and in others, embracing them in their totality. The area’s physical and imaginary line has become a laboratory for experimentation as artists explore the militarized territory of the border.
Scents Memory: Brian Goeltzenleuchter's Multifaceted Practice
Multidisciplinary artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter's work with scent reaches back to 1998. His current collaborative project "Olfactory Memoirs" has him conducting workshops which delve with childhood memories associated with smells.
Book Project Connects Deported Mexican Parents With Their Children
Community project "Cuentos Para Dormir" ("Bedtime Stories") by Sophia Sobko is connecting children and their deported parents through literature.
Scavenger Harmony: Alejandro Zacarías Deconstructs Tijuana
Forever respectful and indebted to his environment and city, to its streets and its liberty, Alejandro Zacarías pays homage to the hodgepodge mecca that is Tijuana by borrowing from its stories in order to create.
Art on the Asphault: Cecelia Ramos Linayao's Street Sketches
Art on the Asphault: Cecelia Ramos Linayao's Street Sketches
Cecelia Ramos Linayao is a street artist heading up a small team working on the featured panel commemorating the 10th Anniversary of ArtSplash in San Diego.
Borderblaster: Transmission 1
Borderblaster: Transmission 1 "About Crossing"
Cog•nate collective, a binational arts collective whose goal became to alter the passive experience of crossing the border, reports on the first transmission from their project Borderblaster.
Borderblaster: Cog•nate Collective Border Line Broadcasts
Borderblaster: Cog•nate Collective Border Line Broadcasts
Borderblaster is a project consisting of a hyper-localized, short-range radio transmission that seeks to connect communities and explore new forms of public dialogue and exchange at the border.
FELIUS Used Book Fair: Promoting Literature in Tijuana
FELIUS Used Book Fair: Promoting Literature in Tijuana
Feria del Libro Usado was created out of the desire to make literature and culture more accessible to Tijuana.
Around the Counties: Mapping San Diego County Arts with Kinsee Morlan
Around the Counties: Mapping San Diego County Arts with Kinsee Morlan
Kinsee Morlan discusses the podcast project she is working on. The columnist recommends four weekend cultural events.
Grace Towers, a Drag Queen Packing Something Extra
Grace Towers, a Drag Queen Packing Something Extra
San Diego drag queen Grace Towers has championed the art of drag and elevated it to new levels of self-expression.
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icon, Architecture/ Design discipline

Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

icon, Community Arts discipline

Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

icon, Cultural Politics discipline

Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

icon, Film & Media Arts discipline

Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

icon, Literature discipline


Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline


Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

icon, Music discipline


A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

icon, Performance discipline


Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

icon, Visual Arts discipline

Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.

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