According to a recent study by the San Diego Foundation, Encinitas and Leucadia have the highest concentration of artists in San Diego County outside the area that includes University Heights, North Park and South Park.
“There are 60 or more arts organizations based in Encinitas, and there's no dance place, no theater or music hall or anything like this,” says April Game, executive director of the nonprofit Art Pulse.
Art Pulse is one of five bids to purchase the former Pacific View Elementary School property in Encinitas and turn it into something else. Game wants to develop it as an arts center designed by James and Drew Hubbell and says she recently enlisted the help of John DeWald, a developer and board member of the Downtown Encinitas Mainstreet Association.---
“This is something the community's been looking at for a long time,” DeWald says. “We have a lot of arts groups in town, but they tend to be nomads.”
Game says that Art Pulse has $4 million of the its $7.5-million bid and has identified other funding sources if the proposal is accepted.
The superintendent of the Encinitas Union School District will meet with consultants and other project managers to go over the proposals in a private meeting on Feb. 8. A public meeting will be held Feb. 15.
“If we're picked,” Game says, “we'll knock this thing out of the park.”
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