After twenty-four years as the only executive director of the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture (Commission), Victoria Hamilton will step down at the end of this month. San Diego was a very different place when Hamilton arrived from Santa Barbara in 1988 to head up the newly formed Commission and her impact and influence have reverberated throughout the community. Today, it is a vibrant cultural destination with a fair and transparent funding process that benefits over 120 arts and culture organizations.
Hamilton has earned national recognition by forging strategic alliances, empowering volunteer leadership boards, and advancing an entrepreneurial approach to innovative arts and culture programs and partnerships. She has compiled an outstanding record of business model and resource development by successfully building broad bipartisan political coalitions and vigorous stakeholder involvement and commitment.
Hamilton will be pursuing opportunities to continue her career in arts and culture in San Diego. Meanwhile, Dana Springs, currently the Commission’s Public Art Program Manager, will be given the temporary assignment of Executive Director beginning in December.