Arts & The Military

a San Diego Rising Arts Leaders

Professional Development Event

Rising Arts Leaders (RAL) is a program of The San Diego Foundation's Arts & Culture Working Group, produced in partnership with the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and designed to help emerging arts and culture administrators maintain and improve their professional competence, enhance their career progression and keep abreast of new developments in the field.
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Fostering Creative Collaborations between San Diego Arts & Military

Featuring Guest Speaker:
Naj Wikoff

Thursday, November 8, 2012 3:00pm-5:00pm
NTC Foundation
Command Center
2640 Historic Decatur Rd.
San Diego, CA 92106

5:00pm: Networking Mixer
Wine Steals Point Loma
2970 Truxtun Rd.
San Diego, CA 92106

Rising Arts Leaders San Diego encourages all to attend this event.  Whether a RAL member, or not, an arts administrator, artist, donor, or friend of the arts or military, we know this will be an event not to be missed.

Free for Rising Arts Leaders Members
$15 suggested donation for non-members


About the Event


This event will focus on effective ways to forge creative collaborations that serve both the thriving San Diego arts and military industries. 


San Diego is home to a nearly 350,000 active duty and retired Navy or Marines, Department of Defense civilian workers and military family members.  It's also home to a thriving arts industry.


How do we as arts administrators find effective ways to bridge these two industries?  How can we form lasting and meaningful partnerships with a transient and every changing military landscape? Who do we contact, how do we navigate the daunting government red tape, what's in it for us, what's in it for them?  How can we, as an arts industry, serve those who serve our country better?

Event Agenda

Keynote speaker, Naj Wikoff:

Currently serving on a national steering committee to expand the use of the arts to support the healing of active duty and veterans, their families and caregivers.  Naj will share his experiences in combining arts and military and offer his expertise on how to effectively carry this out in San Diego.

Read his full biography here.


San Diego Arts & Military:

We will hear from several San Diego arts organizations who have formed collaborations with the military.  They will share their stories and their experiences on designing programs and partnerships with the military.

About the Arts Organizations
La Jolla Playhouse- La Jolla Playhouse has teamed up with Blue Star Theatres to offer discount theatre tickets to the military community.
Playwrights Project- Playwrights Project's Recollections writing workshops have recently started to include work with military veteran's.
Combat Art Program San Diego- Combat Art offers expressive arts classes for all combat veterans.

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors and Supporters!

Hewlett Foundation