The City of San Juan Capistrano has scheduled a hearing about the Capistrano Trading Post mural installation before the Planning Commission. The hearing will occur at 5:00 PM on May 24, 2023, at 31421 La Matanza Street, San Juan Capistrano, CA.
I invite you to attend, or phone into the meeting, to speak in favor of this mural installation. It would be the first major public art installation by TASJA and will complement the coming renovation of Arguello Way. This is a very important step in our goal of placing public art in San Juan and I hope you can support it in your own voice. With the Planning Commission's approval, it does not need to go to City Council, so we could then proceed with the project.
The Planning Commission does not get to judge the artwork, only the location and the principal considerations will be to get a variance for size (180 sq ft vs 48 in the mural policy) and height (20 ft vs 15 ft). If you have not seen the actual image of the proposed mural, please let me know, and I will send one to you.
California for the Arts has declared April as ART, CULTURE AND CREATIVITY MONTH. They have set April 18 for a Summit to advocate for protection of the funds designated by the State for the creativity industry in prior years. April 17 will consist of appoints for participants with their local legislatures in the California Assembly and Senate.
Furthermore, the City of San Juan has similarly declared April as Art Culture and Creativity Month to be in harmony with the State of California. Following is the proclamation read by the Mayor at a recent City Council meeting.
WHEREAS, Art is not only an impressive and important agent for economic development, it also impacts societal issues that include health and many other human attributes. It is generally accepted that public art will foster a vibrant business community in San Juan Capistrano; and
WHEREAS, it is imperative for all children and youth in California to have access to arts education in their schools and to be culturally enabled by Art in the Public Square in San Juan Capistrano; and
WHEREAS, “Old San Juan”, a large relief mural by Randy Morgan, and commissioned by Frontier Real Estate now graces a wall at Capistrano Plaza; and
WHEREAS, San Juan Capistrano’s own Allison Adams has just completed her exhibit of “Groundbreaking Girls” featuring many of prominent women of the world at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton; and
WHEREAS, San Juan is the home of many prominent artists, many of whose works are displayed and sold at the Mission Art Gallery; and
WHEREAS, the Inn at the Mission sponsors a monthly live art session where prominent local artists conduct a class in their art technique; and
Whereas, On any Saturday morning, a group of local musicians gather under the trees in Historic Town Center Park and play the many familiar songs form the 50’s and 60’s in Dixieland and other styles; and
WHEREAS, The Silvas Adobe in Los Rios has been converted to an art gallery and is presently showing the many equestrian paintings by artist Kathy Harder; and
WHEREAS, The Cultural and Heritage Commission of San Juan Capistrano, through its deliberations of all matters of historic and cultural significance, serves to spark community and individual creativity, and encourages civic engagement in San Juan Capistrano; and
WHEREAS, the Moulton Museum has recently been opened in Laguna Hills and is currently showing new art by Jeff Sewell featuring pristine local landscapes reminiscent of old ranch days on the Moulton Ranch. Furthermore, the Museum is committed to placing Art in the Public Square in Laguna Hills and surrounding cities; and
WHEREAS, The Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano is hosting the world acclaimed Nation’s Cup in May during which a plein-air paint in featuring artists from around the County and
WHEREAS, The Alliance for San Juan Art (TASJA) has been formed to advocate and promote Art in the Public Square; has taken a leadership role in commissioning art forms in San Juan Capistrano and is partnering with California for the Arts to advocate for more state funding for the arts
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the San Juan City Council, that April 2023 be recognized and celebrated as the arts, culture and creativity month for San Juan Capistrano, Orange County and all Californians and that April 2023 and every April thereafter, be designated as “Arts, Culture and Creativity Month”.