As the preceding months seemed to have blurred together (possibly the most un-summer summer in recent history?), the arrival of September seems to indicate some sort of delineation during these unique times. Maybe it's the opportunity to look forward to a new season, one sure to be filled with continual change, but also one of preservation, perseverance, and balance. Fall offers us the chance to recalibrate. The arts have always helped people with this by providing perspective. Here at the SAN Arts Program we are pushing forward in new, adaptive, yet grounded ways. While we are taking the long-view approach to recovery as a travel-based organization, we remain active with ongoing programming in our three core component areas: Public Art, Performing Arts, and Exhibitions. Each of these areas has been impacted by the pandemic, and as a result, each has allowed for fresh experimentation and renewed commitment to working with our artists to bring the much needed perspective and reassurance that we all seek, reminding ourselves that we will get through these times together. And that we will enter the following season with new fruits that were harvested now. Please read on to learn more.

Wishing you wellness,

Chris Chalupsky
Senior Manager, Arts Program

San Diego Artist's Mural Unveiled   

This month, the Arts Program debuted the latest of its Admiral Boland Way mural series. The 144' long design by Artist Aaron Glasson combines imagery of San Diego's varied landscape and unique airport architecture, blended with bold abstraction. 

It’s important to Glasson’s process to have an extended engagement with an artwork’s site in order to draw inspiration from its ecosystem, people, and history. While developing his design for SAN before the pandemic began, he created plein-air paintings onsite at the airport, giving the traveling public the chance to observe his creative process.

Aaron Glasson is a multi-disciplinary artist from New Zealand currently living in San Diego. He has completed large-scale permanent and temporary murals around the globe from Denver, Colorado to Delhi, India.

This work is accessible to the public from SAN’s interior roadway, Admiral Boland Way, between Palm and Sassafras Streets.
Images: Aaron Glasson, Plein Air Port
Photo credit: Joey Herring

2020 Fall Performing Arts Residency 
Margaret Noble's [Sky][Muse]

The Arts Program is proud to feature Margaret Noble as its Fall 2020 Performing Arts Residency artist.

Through the Residency, Noble will present a series of audio-visual works designed to ignite, delight, and reframe the airport experience. Inspired by Brian Eno’s seminal work ​Music for Airports​ and the historical art traditions of visual music and graphical notation, [Sky][Muse] is a collection of animated graphics accessible through your phone, tablet or computer. For passengers preparing to move through portals, time zones, and geographies these short, digital works will enhance their travel by elevating their sensory experiences of color, light, and sound.
New interactive visual music experiences are now live and will be released every month through December. Not limited to the experience of air travel, these works are available for anyone in waiting or on a journey.

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San Diego Design Week

Running September 9 through 13, San Diego Design Week (SDDW) celebrates interdisciplinary design in San Diego through talks, studio tours, workshops, and self-guided tours. The Arts Program will be participating in SDDW by showcasing our diverse programming in performing arts, exhibitions and public art.

One highlight created for the event is a free tour of SAN's diverse Public Art Collection that can be viewed without ever leaving your car! Print our easy to follow Self-Guided Driving Public Art Tour Map and take a leisurely (and safe!) road trip around the campus to enjoy large-scale sculpture, murals, and integrated artworks in a wide range of materials. We'll even provide a curated soundtrack for your drive featuring talented local musicians who have performed at SAN.
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