Jan. 28 2014 06:41 PM

SDMA's Open Spaces program continues serving low-income, art-starved neighborhoods

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Roberto Salas
Photo by Andrew Mandinach

The last time CityBeat covered the San Diego Museum of Art's Open Spaces program, we told you about the public-art piece proposed for the intersection of Euclid and Imperial avenues in Lincoln Park. Also known as the "four corners of death," the area will hopefully one day exhibit a light-beam art installation (it's currently going through the city approval process).

Lincoln Park was the first of four communities to be engaged in creating a public-art piece thanks to a two-year, $530,000 grant from the James Irvine Foundation awarded to SDMA. Next on the list are Logan Heights, National City and Lemon Grove, all low-income neighborhoods considered lacking in public art.

The Logan Heights community has been meeting regularly during the past few months and has zeroed in on a proposal.

"We are creating a community radio station," says Roberto Salas, current Open Spaces artist-in-residence. "It will transmit anything from grandma's recipe for making nopales to school events."

Misael Diaz, the lead artist in Logan Heights, says the radio station will likely involve an office space and a mobile component. Diaz, who has experience working in radio-art projects with his binational arts group Cog·nate Collective, says the frequency will probably be low and local enough to bypass the need for Federal Communications Commission approval. The concept, he says, was a result of the community's desire to have a truly inclusive and interactive art project.

The next public Open Spaces meeting, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Bread & Salt (1955 Julian Ave. in Logan Heights), will focus on how the $30,000 seed money should be spent to move the project forward.


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