by Kinsee Morlan
published in Voice of San Diego
Roberts wouldn’t say whether he supports a council. Instead, he said his office has funded and been working with the North County Arts Network, or NCAN, a grassroots effort led by arts organizations in Encinitas, Escondido, Oceanside, Carlsbad, San Marcos and other communities in northern San Diego County. The group is already doing some of the work a countywide arts council would do, Roberts said.
“NCAN is serving as a catalyst for helping to fulfill our vision for a flourishing arts community throughout North San Diego County,” he said.
Roberts may indirectly be supporting the creation of a council, though, since North County Arts Network sees itself as a sort of pilot program for getting other similar groups up and running across San Diego County. Patricia Frischer, an active member of the North County Arts Network, said once those kind of groups exist in east, south and central San Diego County, they could band together and eventually be designated as an official council.