About Us



NCAN Mission: The North County Arts Network was established to serve, advance, and lead the diverse network of organizations and individuals who work in the arts in North County San Diego. We look to invigorate the arts community, enhance quality of life and encourage prosperity in our region to maximize support for the arts.

NCAN Vision: Our vision is that the arts are recognized as vital in the lives of people and the economic development of North County.


Current Accomplishments and Pursuits

Organizational Development/Capacity Building

  • Strategic Visioning/Planning
  • Board/Staff Development & 501(c)(3) Creation
  • Fundraising Strategic Development

Technical Advancement

  • Event Calendar
  • Directory Management

General Areas of Priority

Networking and Cross Sector Collaborations

  • Economic Impact of the Arts
  • Cultural Tourism
  • Countywide collaborations

Arts Education

  • College/University Community Engagement Development
  • Strengthen K-12 Arts Education Program Development
  • Arts Professional Development via Education

Civic Arts

  • Local Municipal/City Arts Professionalization/Development
  • Formal Cultural/Public Art Planning & Development
  • Professional City Arts Administration Development
  • Sustainable Funding Methodologies for the Arts
  • Advocacy/Lobbying Campaign
  • Leadership Development
  • Goals with SD North Economic Development Council Partnership
  • Promotion of North County Public Art Collections/Opportunities
  • North County Cultural Districts Opportunities/Development
  • Caltrans Freeway Projects/Wayfinding

Arts Funding

  • Sustainable Funding Methodologies for the arts community (i.e., TOT, 1% fees; Pennies for the Arts, Round-Up)
  • Technical Assistance for Arts Organizational Fundraising (i.e., Legacy Society dev., board development, successful fundraising strategies/planning)
  • Funding Strategies/Initiatives for North County arts community
  • Internal Regional Fundraising Opportunities
  • External Fundraising Opportunities (state, national, foundation)
  • Arts Funder Forums
  • Goals of SD North Economic Dev. Council Partnership
  • Arts Economic Prosperity Summit Considerations
  • Building Advocacy Campaign & Partnerships with civic & corporate/business communities
  • Arts Regrant Program Development

Research/Data/Mapping and Dissemination

  • Mapping of Sector and Cross-Sector Partnerships
  • Research/Data/Best Practices
  • Case Statement/Stats on Value of Arts

Joint Marketing

  • Master Calendar
  • Website/Social Media/List Serve for NCAN and beyond
  • Shared Expenses on Marketing and Literature Distribution
  • Media Relations Dev.

Audience Development

  • Arts organizations collaborative cross-promotions
  • Business/Arts Reciprocal Discount Program

Performing Arts programming

  • Collaborations (i.e. more shared programming to share talent, expenses and audiences).
  • PR/Website for Shared Targeted Programming
  • Registry(s)/roster for info and a stronger engagement with talent/performers and organizations
  • Audience Building and Sales
  • San Diego Film Office Partnership Development

Visual Arts Programming

  • Collaborations (i.e. more shared programming to share talent, expenses and audiences).
  • PR/Website for Shared Targeted Programming – pop up galleries, printed guide, want ads, match making artist to commissions, finding open calls, videos about the area culture and artist
  • Registry(s)/roster for info and a stronger engagement with artists/performers and organizations
  • Audience Building and Sales
  • Artist Pay Equity

How Can I Get Involved?

  • Review Meeting Agendas and Minutes
  • Ask to be added to the group’s mailing list
  • Contact Amanda Ecoff, NCAN’s Executive Administrator

What is the history of the North County Arts Network?

Daniel Foster started in 2014 to have a series of open meetings to bring arts professional together to network with each other and discuss the needs of the north county region. These meeting were held at Oceanside Museum of Art while Foster was the director of the museum.

In 2014, Patricia Frischer, Naomi Nussbaum, Jim Gilliam and John Eger were meeting with Dave Roberts and the four other county supervisors to discuss the formation of a San Diego County Arts Council (SDCAC). Such a council had existed in the past and there was attempt by Art Pulse starting in 2011 to start it up again which failed. Daniel Foster joined this group in 2015

Dave Roberts was willing to fund a position and give office space for this push and two documents were created for a one year work plan for the council and an administrator. Unfortunately, Roberts was besieged with allegations about staff at that time, and we had to back off with our ask.

Frischer, Nussbaum and Gilliam became advisors to Daniel Foster and together with other arts leaders, North County Arts Network (NCAN) was formed with the intention of being a pilot program for a series of arts networks throughout the county which could be umbrellaed eventually as the SDCAC. A series of four formal meetings where held in 2015 allowing networking and a more formal sharing of ideas. In 2016, a temporary website was launched and educational and networking meetings continued. In 2017, a grant from Supervisor Roberts was used to upgrade the website to enable an interactive calendar of events and to hold an Arts and Economic Summit.

North County Arts Network includes which areas of San Diego?

Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, La Jolla, Oceanside, Poway, San Marcos, Solana Beach and Vista

Census Designated Places
Bonsall, Borrego Springs, Camp Pendleton North, Camp Pendleton South, Fairbanks Ranch, Fallbrook, Hidden Meadows, Julian, Lake San Marcos, Oak Grove, Pala, Rainbow, Ramona, Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego Country Estates and Valley Center