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San Diego’s arts reputation is the subject of Lux forum

ENCINITAS — What is holding San Diego back from becoming a great art city?

This is the question that stakeholders in the arts will tackle at a Feb. 20 panel discussion at the Lux Art Institute hosted by Zocalo Public Square.

Kinsee Morlan, the engagement editor for the Voice of San Diego, will moderate the discussion, which will feature Jenessa Goodman, a San Diego-based artist; Priya Sircar, museum and urban planner and Senior Consultant at Lord Cultural Resources, and Christine Jones, the City of San Diego Public Art Manager.

The premise of the discussion centers around the disconnect between the resources at the region’s disposal that could make the region a renowned arts location, and the fact that it hasn’t happened.

“San Diego seems to have all the makings of a world-class arts town — a local arts scene, wealthy people, and even an elite university, UCSD, that trains artists,” organizers said in a news release. “But these parts of the San Diego arts community often don’t talk to each other — and San Diego’s wealthy have yet to develop a signature museum that is recognized around the planet.”

“What elements are necessary for a city to become a true leader in the arts—and which of these elements is San Diego missing? Why haven’t San Diego elites marshaled the civic braggadocio to build great monuments to the city? And how could San Diego better connect its higher education institutions to its arts scene?” the news release states.

The event starts at 5 p.m. at Lux, which is located at 1550 South El Camino Real in Encinitas. It is free and open to the public, but attendees are encouraged to make a reservation at

A beer and wine reception will follow the program.