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Port Tidelands: a World-Class Arts and Cultural Destination
To create a vibrant waterfront experience with innovative and engaging public art, cutting edge cultural programming, diverse and exciting special events, and widely accessible recreational opportunities that enhances the cultural richness of District tidelands.
A distinctive waterfront destination of cultural enrichment, recreation and business where visitors have extraordinary experiences daily.
About Waterfront Arts & Activation Department
The Board of Port Commissioners is committed to expanding opportunities for residents and visitors to the region to experience a vibrant waterfront destination with innovative artworks, cultural programming, and activation opportunities that enhance the visual excitement and cultural richness of Port tidelands.
The Waterfront Arts & Activation department was created and invested with the mission of supporting the District, its tenants, and its member cities by providing leadership, management of the public art programs, and stewardship of the District’s Tidelands Collection as a regional cultural asset. Additionally, the Arts, Culture & Design Committee was established to serve in an advisory capacity to the Board and the Waterfront Arts & Activation department, promoting the District’s vision of Port tidelands as a world-class arts and cultural destination.
Yvonne Wise, Director
Waterfront Arts & Activation
Arts & Culture Opportunities
The Waterfront Arts & Activation department encourages artists interested in learning more about the artist opportunities and art-related news with the Port of San Diego to subscribe via email to Arts & Culture News and Opportunities. This is the Waterfront Arts & Activation department's primary means of communicating opportunities to artists.
Requests to Exhibit on Tidelands
The Port of San Diego conducts an annual review of external requests from sponsors who want to temporarily exhibit artwork or objects on Port property or donate artwork or objects to the Port of San Diego. This review process enables the Port to effectively evaluate proposals and plan workload around projects on an annual basis. Sponsors are strongly encouraged to submit applications well in advance of desired installation timeframes to ensure adequate time for conceptual development, evaluations, and internal review processes.
Applications for the 2019 review cycle are due no later than January 31, 2019 at 5PM
Public Art Policies
The Board of Port Commissioners (BPC) has adopted two policies governing the operation of Waterfront Arts & Activation programs and activities.
BPC Policy 609 - Public Art Programs:This policy established the administrative framework for the District’s Office of Waterfront Arts & Activation, and Arts, Culture & Design Committee.
BPC Policy 608 - Tenant Percent for Art Program:This policy presents the Port tenant percent for art requirement. It sets forth the options for fulfilling the requirement and the step-by-step process for tenant percent for art projects.