Launch Event Invitation and Agenda – 01.15.2015

Launch Event Invitation and Agenda – 01.15.2015

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Launch Event Invitation and Agenda
School of Arts at Cal State University, San Marcos


Thursday, January 15, 2015, 5:00-7:00 pm

Dear North County Arts Leaders and Supporters,

I cordially invite you and your arts colleagues to the launch event for the North County Arts Network (NCAN) on Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 5-7 pm at the new School of Arts at Cal State University, San Marcos.   This event kicks off a slate of on-going quarterly events and targeted group convenings throughout the North County region in 2015. The events are aimed at uniting and building collaborations between arts organizations and leaders in North County San Diego and beyond.  Please extend this invitation to your key arts staff, board members/volunteers, and community arts leaders.

The Keynote Speaker for the Jan. 15 North County Arts Network (NCAN) launch event will be Craig Watson.  Craig Watson is the Director of the California Arts Council based in Sacramento, California, a position he has held since August 2011.  The Honorary Hosts for the 2015 NCAN events & convenings are District 5 County Supervisor Bill Horn and District 3 County Supervisor Dave Roberts.  Jacquelyn Kilpatrick, Founding Director of the new School of Arts at CSUSM will be the NCAN launch event host.

Reservations are Required
– Free Event –
No Charge for Parking or Admission.
There are a limited number of seats available – so make your reservation early!
For Reservations, please or 760-750-4324.

The 2015 slate of quarterly North County Arts Network (NCAN) events are:

  • Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, 5-7 pm   California State University, San Marcos  – School of Arts
  • Thursday, Apr. 16, 2015, 5-7 pm Escondido Center for the Arts
  • Thursday, July 16, 2015, 5-7 pm Lux Art Institute, Encinitas
  • Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, 5-7 pm Oceanside Museum of Art

The North County Arts Network (NCAN) also anticipates the development of target group convenings and cooperatives forming in 2015, such as municipal arts groups, executive leadership groups, marketing groups, programming groups, Board development groups, etc.   The NCAN aims to strengthen the arts communities of North County San Diego through convening and networking methods that produce cooperative and leveraged approaches towards greater impact for the arts in the region.   

NCAN is currently a purely informal and volunteer effort – with no budget or organizational structure.  The following arts and civic leaders have advised on the formative NCAN efforts to unite our regional arts communities:  Jim Gilliam, Patricia Frischer, Naomi Nussbaum, Marilyn Huerta, Jacquelyn Kilpatrick, Jerry Van Leeuwen, Reesey Shaw, Vincent Kitch, Wendy Wilson, Oceanside Councilman Jerry Kern, County Supervisor Bill Horn, and County Supervisor Dave Roberts.  On behalf of my colleagues, we encourage you to attend these important networking and community building programs and events in 2015! 

Daniel Foster
Executive Director, Oceanside Museum of Art

craig-watsonKeynote Speaker, Craig Watson

Craig Watson is the Director of the California Arts Council, a position he has held since August 2011 when he was chosen by the Council after a nationwide search. Watson started his career in the arts field at local arts agencies and arts-services organizations, and later built a career in the telecommunications industry before returning to the arts as Executive Director of the Arts Council for Long Beach. The California Arts Council is the official state arts agency for California, the state with the largest number of artists and creative-industry workers in the nation.

csusm-arts-logoCalifornia State University, San Marcos – School of Arts
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road<
San Marcos, CA 92078

Reservations Required:  For reservation, please contact: or 760-750-4324.