The city council of San Diego recognized the month of October as Arts and Humanities month at its October 2nd regularly scheduled meeting. According to the staff report, the City funds 68 arts and culture nonprofits that fuel the local economy with over $170 million dollars.
According to a Creative Industries report published by the Americans for the Arts, the city of San Diego is home to 4,631 for-profit and non-profit arts-related businesses that employ 22,500 people, 6,000 full time. The arts are supported by approximately 1,100 member volunteer board and around 12,000 total volunteers. San Diego was in the top ten of the 50 largest U.S. cities in 2011, and will likely be in the same category for 2012.
San Diego values the arts and humanities because of the cultural bridges that are strengthened and the contributions made toward cross-cultural understanding. Recognition of the traditions of the city’s citizens enhances the quality of life for all residents.
During the month of October the city invites residents to participate in community events and activities.