Cultural Arts Commission

About the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission

Created by the City Council in 2011, the Commission's mission is to serve and partner with Coronado's many local artists and cultural arts organizations, and to act as a catalyst in further developing a vibrant and cohesive arts community, strengthening arts education, enhancing cultural tourism and economic development.

The Commission consists of seven volunteer commissioners who are appointed by the City Council through a public application process to serve three-year terms. As a sign of the economic times in which the CCAC was created, there is no designated budget at this time. The Commission is currently staffed by Contract Arts Administrator Kelly Purvis and can be contacted by e-mail at kpurvis@coronado.ca.us

The Commission meets on the first Thursday of each month at 4:30PM in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The meetings are open and the public is invited to attend. Agendas and Minutes of current and previous meetings are posted and available on the City’s website: www.coronado.ca.us

It is the intention of this commission to encourage as much community involvement as possible in its work so that CCAC goals and activities are truly reflective of the community at large and not just the ideas of a few select individuals. To accomplish this,  specific program areas were identified and seven ad hoc “Working Teams” were set up, meeting as needed, each being chaired by a member of the commission. A variety of ideas come forth to the commission, as recommendations, through the Work Teams providing both CCAC and ultimately the City Council, with a broad range of relevant information resulting in a much more “community based” decision process in arts-related issues.


Program Areas of the Cultural Arts Commission:

Arts Education
Communications: Public Relations & Media
Special Events & Development
Literary Arts
Arts Partners & Advocacy
Public Art
Visual Arts

2012 was a milestone year for the arts in Coronado!  It marked the beginning of a new level of civic recognition as to the importance of the arts in the daily life of its citizens and underscores the City’s acknowledgement of the significant contributions Coronado’s Cultural Arts organizations and the artistic community make to the local economy, cultural tourism, and an enhanced quality of life enjoyed by both residents and visitors.

In 2013 the Commission conducted the first Economic Impact Report providing an important first look as to the actual depth, breathe, and financial impact of Coronado's cultural community. Designed to provide a baseline for future efforts, this report provides formal documentation to substantiate that the Arts are "alive and well" in Coronado. 

In 2014 the Commission sponsored several new events highlighting art and artists in Coronado. In August the Commission partnered with several local art organizations to bring Celebrate Oz! to Coronado. A week of activities to highlight Coronado's unique connection to L. Frank Baum the creator of the Wizard of Oz series. Baum wintered in Coronado and wrote several of his books in this beloved series while staying here. In October the Commission sponsored a Coronado's Writer Workshop. The day-long event consisted of 10 sessions with 15 presenters and featured publishing veteran Don Lamm as the keynote speaker. In late 2014 the Commission was tasked by the City Council to plan the 125 Anniversary of Coronado's incorporation and in late December began the process.

In 2015 in celebration of the City of Coronado's 125th anniversary of incorporation, the Commission planned and produced 17 seperate events and collaborated with businesses, organizations and volunteers to offer an additional 18 Coronado Celebrates 125 themed events. Events included a free San Diego Symphony concert in Tidelands Park, the opening of a City-owned and operated art gallery in the Coronado Community Center and culminated with a sold-out citizen celebration the Mayors' Dinner at the Del.

For complete annual reports of the Commission activities visit About Us:

2015 State of the Arts ANNUAL REPORT to the Community

2013 State of the Arts ANNUAL REPORT to the Community

2012 State of the Arts ANNUAL REPORT to the Community