In our last newsletter I mentioned how artists and creative thinkers have historically played instrumental roles in navigating and helping to solve challenging situations with innovative solutions. In just the short few past weeks (though it feels a lot longer) this fact has been omnipresent as those in our field are providing integral services during the pandemic for the betterment of all. Please see below for some tangible and timely examples.
In addition to the stories, the SAN Arts Program continues to adapt our programming while remaining committed to our two main focus areas: Customer Experience and Community Engagement. Though it's true that business at the airport has been significantly impacted by the crisis, much like many businesses, it's also true that San Diego International Airport continues to support those who support us. This includes the large percentage of travelers who call San Diego home, neighbors in the surrounding communities, those who own small local businesses - including artists, arts and culture organizations, designers, fabricators, etc. It is with this support, from leadership at the airport and from you, that we continue to work hand-in-hand to highlight the richness and the responsiveness of the region's creative communities in new ways. Please read on further below for more information about our film initiative as well as interactive art-making opportunities.
Thank you,
Chris Chalupsky
Senior Manager, Arts Program

Airport Partners Doing Their Part 

A number of airport partners, vendors and collaborators are doing their part to fight the spread of COVID-19. From artists sewing masks to share with friends and neighbors, to the airport’s contracted art conservator donating their professional grade protective equipment to hospitals, and artists of varied disciplines simply creating work to help us all process and understand these times, we are proud of how people are coming together for the greater good.

For instance:
  • Kristina Wong, our Fall 2019 Performing Arts Residency artist, is sewing masks for first responders and hospital staff. Read about her efforts here.
  • Rosa Lowinger & Associates, San Diego International Airport’s art conservator, frequently uses N95 masks, safety glasses and nitrile gloves when working with various chemicals. Rosa and her team recently donated much of their stock to UCLA Medical Center near their offices, and Jersey City Medical Center where the lead conservator’s sister works as an ER nurse.
  • Current and past SAN Temporary Exhibition artists, Michelle Montjoy, Katie Ruiz, Lauren Siry and more are sewing hundreds of masks themselves. You can view their efforts and/or follow them on Instagram.

Announcing the Quarantine Film Challenge

The Arts Program is pleased to announce a partnership with the San Diego Film Consortium to support the Quarantine Film Challenge. Open to local, national and international filmmakers, this timed filmmaking competition launched on April 3rd and ends Friday, June 5, 2020 at midnight.
Filmmakers  have until the June 5th deadline to write, edit, shoot and submit an under five-minute film about or inspired by their experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Arts Program will be hosting  a selection of the produced films on our website. The Film Consortium of San Diego will be releasing other select films on social media and screening the best of the films during the 2020 San Diego Film Week in August. KPBS will broadcast a selection of the films on TV, and the winner of “best film” will be awarded a $500 gift card to purchase a Panasonic Lumix Camera or lens at Nelson Photo Supplies, courtesy of Panasonic USA.
The Quarantine Film Challenge is a partnership between the Film Consortium of San Diego, KPBS, San Diego International Airport’s Arts Program and Panasonic USA.

Join the Formation! 

Artist Mark Reigelman II, creator of the airport's Formation, translated his energetic designs into fun coloring sheets--the perfect calming, creative outlet we could all use right now!

Download them HERE and please feel free to share your design on social and tag us @sandiegoairport #SANArts #ColorFormations

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