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Unity in the Community - A Mural in Teralta Park

For the past five years, the Alliance has worked with City Heights residents and community leaders to design and create a mural in Teralta Park. The mural, titled Unity in the Community was conceived with input from hundreds of City Heights residents.


We are so close to realizing our goal but have one final hurdle to overcome: Caltrans' approval to use the community's chosen words in the art.

KPBS and the Media Arts Center San Diego visited the Teralta Park team and spoke with Maria Cortez, Dan Tomsky, and Linda Sheridan to learn more about the story.

City Heights Leaders Fight For Five Years For Mural In Teralta Park

Priya Sridhar

June 18, 2019

We got the grant! California Arts Council awards SDCAA JUMP StArts grant

The California Arts Council today announced an investment of more than $24.5 million that will fund arts and culture throughout the state. The San Diego Cultural Arts Alliance is proud to be one of the recipients chosen for the JUMP StArts grant program.


With this grant, SDCAA will be able to implement two sessions of the Diversionary Graffiti Education & Mural Arts Program to a variety of youth at risk. The program partnership with the District Attorney’s office, San Diego County Sheriff, San Diego Police Department, and the San Diego County Probation Department is designed to provide early intervention to deter juvenile offenders from further involvement in the justice system.


California Arts Council makes largest investment in arts and culture in nearly two decades

CAC Press Release

June 5, 2019

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Biocom EXPO 2019: SDCAA Puts the "A" in STEAM

On March 2nd, SDCAA headed over to Petco Park to help kick off STEM Week at the 2019 Biocom EXPO. Our artists--Sake, Jose Venegas, and Irie Sesma--put the "A" in STEAM when they painted 3 surfboards inspired by the sciences. Read the article and watch the interview from KPBS below.


From STEM to STEAM: San Diego Science And Engineering Festival Now Includes Art

By Anica Colbert

March 4, 2019

Irie Sesma's Surfboard BIOCOM Expo 2019

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Jose Venegas's Surfboard Biocom EXPO 2019

Jose Venegas

Sake's Eye Demo Biocom EXPO 2019


She Artfully Redirects Taggers
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Check out this in-depth piece about Linda Sheridan, founder and CEO of SDCAA, in the San Diego Union-Tribune!


Someone San Diego Should Know: She artfully redirects taggers

By Bob Watkins & Jan Goldsmith

February 19, 2019

SDCAA Uses Art to Change Kids' Lives

The San Diego Union-Tribune wrote a piece about SDCAA!


Read more about our latest partnership with the District Attorney's Juvenile Division, the artwork created by Jose Venegas, and Linda Sheridan's idea to team up with the juvenile justice system to help kids find a different path through art:

Graffiti vandals' brush with the law takes a positive turn

By Diane Bell

February 8, 2019

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Transition of Script Lettering to Graffiti Writing

Mike Madriaga of the San Diego Reader took some time to speak with Jose Venegas, the artist and creator of "Alphabetic Evolution."



Even the DA buys into Alphabetic Evolution

By Mike Madriaga

February 1, 2019

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