With expert Felicia Shaw gone, some wonder about the organization's ongoing support
That's why there's been shock and concern in the arts community after the recent announcement that Felicia Shaw, longtime director of arts and the creative economy at The San Diego Foundation, had left her position.
Mead says that the loss of Shaw
is a result of restructuring that involved eliminating 13 positions while creating 15 new ones.
Shaw was offered a chance to reapply for a new position overseeing the funding opportunities that fit under "Enjoy," but she declined and, instead, recently became the interim executive director at Young Audiences of San Diego.
didn't want to be quoted directly for this story, she
did say that she
wished to continue her
career in the arts rather than take on responsibilities outside the field.
Mead points to the roughly $6.6 million allocated to arts and culture by the foundation this fiscal year-that's about 13 percent of its total grant funds-and says she
doesn't expect any major changes to those numbers now that Shaw
arts-specific position are gone.
The foundation's budget is guided by donor interest, and she
says the organization will continue to advocate for all of the opportunities that come with WELL, including arts and culture.
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