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"Together We See" from the “Day at the Museo” series. AI imaging by Bob Coletti
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Commentary: A call for inclusivity in San Diego’s art community

In recent years, the landscape of San Diego’s art community has experienced a notable shift in gender dynamics, with women and the LGBTQ community taking the lead in the operations of art galleries, art associations, art museums, etc.

While this change is a positive step towards gender diversity, it is crucial to ensure that inclusivity remains at the core of the art scene. Some concerns have been raised about the perceived exclusion of heterosexual White male artists from various opportunities within the art community.

Furthermore, this same dynamic can be applied to other aspects of everyday life. However, as I will outline in this article, my interest is in the art community. It is essential to recognize that achieving true gender equality does not mean the exclusion of any gender.

The goal should be to create an environment that fosters collaboration, creativity, and diverse perspectives. While women and the LBGT community have made significant strides in the San Diego art community, it is important to welcome talented white heterosexual men back into the fold to ensure a well-rounded and inclusive artistic ecosystem.

To address this issue, a two-fold approach is necessary. Firstly, it is crucial to create awareness within the community about the importance of gender inclusivity. Emphasizing that diversity in the art world enriches the creative process and enhances the overall experience for artists and patrons alike can help break down stereotypes and misconceptions.

Secondly, implementing proactive measures to encourage the participation of white heterosexual men in art-related events, employment, and memberships is essential. Establishing mentorship programs, networking events, and open calls for submissions that specifically encourage male artists to participate can help bridge the gap.

Moreover, fostering collaboration between male, female and LBGTQ artists can lead to innovative and unique artworks that capture various perspectives. This not only benefits the artists involved but also contributes to the vibrancy and richness of San Diego’s art scene. It is important to emphasize that gender inclusivity is not about replacing one gender with another but about creating an environment where talent, regardless of gender, is celebrated and given equal opportunities.

By doing so, the San Diego art community can further enhance its reputation as a diverse and welcoming space for artists, collectors, and enthusiasts.

In conclusion, beyond the intrinsic value of a diverse range of artistic expressions, welcoming men back into the fold is a strategic move that can result in an immediate expansion of the audience for all art events and programs.

A more inclusive representation of artists will naturally attract a broader demographic, vastly increasing the audience and fostering a more engaged and dynamic community.

This influx of diverse perspectives and interests will undoubtedly contribute to the vitality of the local art community, creating a richer cultural tapestry that appeals to a much wider spectrum of individuals and further solidifying San Diego as a hub for artistic innovation and collaboration.

Bob Coletti is the publishing director of California Art News. Contact him at [email protected]

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