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New Start for Arts
Julie Maxey-Allison | Arts Advisory Committee member

Bonnie Grossman, AAC Chair, at home in Del Mar.
Photo Julie Maxey-Allison.
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Del Mar’s new Arts Advisory Committee (AAC) was officially established January 24, 2018 after being “in the works” for years reports the Chair, Bonnie Grossman.
City Council liaisons to the AAC Terry Sinnott and Sheryl Parks took on the task of originating a public art policy, timing their efforts to be in sync with the opportunities to open up with the building of a new City Hall. Their aim was to provide guidelines for accepting, insuring, protecting, maintaining, and the other pertinent issues including turning down submissions of donated art.

“Terry and I knew Del Mar Village Association (DMVA) had done extensive work, exploring policy ideas for an art committee. They had worked hard to come up with ways to get some money to fund it, too. We used a lot of what DMVA had collected, and met with many other people to gain an understanding of what would be best in the final policy that we now have,” recalls Sherryl.

With policy in hand, the committee was formed, made up of local community members, including Polly Cipparrone, our librarian, who is the only non-voting member. Rachel Beld, Del Mar’s Senior Management Analyst, was appointed to help guide the committee. Beld’s last position was Management Analyst in the Recreation and Community Services Department in Vista where she served as liaison to their active Public Arts Commission.

“The committee is an energetic, creative working group. Members offer lots of essential and interesting input,” reports Bonnie. “We are currently in the process of preparing a Master Art Plan (MAP), an art project diagram of existing public art and possibilities for exciting and future art opportunities for the community. We are also exploring budgeting strategies.”

The Arts Advisory Committee regularly meets the last Wednesday of the month and the meetings are open to the public. The next is Wednesday, June 27, at 2:00 PM in the new City Hall. Keep your eyes open!



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