Executive Director Dana Springs is an arts administrator with over 18 years of public and private sector experience managing projects and programs involving artists. On staff at the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture since 2000 and in the role of Public Art Program Manager since 2005, Springs administered two "percent-for-art" programs: 2% for art in public construction projects undertaken by the City of San Diego and 1% for art in private development projects. In addition to administering the commission of new artworks for installation in neighborhoods throughout San Diego, Springs managed the care and exhibition of the 1,000 artworks in the City's 110-year-old Civic Art Collection. Springs oversaw the permanent installation of the largest exhibition of City-owned artworks in the City's history when the Central Library opened in late 2013. She previously collaborated with the Port of San Diego and Civic San Diego to realize public art in major redevelopment projects including the North Embarcadero Phase 1 redevelopment and the Horton Plaza Park redevelopment. Springs previously served as Chair of the San Diego International Airport's Art Advisory Committee, member of the Balboa Art Conservation Center's Board of Trustees and Co-Chair of the Public Art Coalition of Southern California. Springs holds a B.A. in Visual Art from UCSD and was named by San Diego Magazine as one of "50 People to Watch" in 2013. Springs held the role of Interim Executive Director of the Commission prior to being named to the permanent role in August 2014 following a nationwide search. Email Dana Springs at [email protected]
Senior Public Art Manager
Christine Jones is an accomplished visual art curator, appraiser, collections manager and public art project manager with over 20 years of experience in museums, municipalities, galleries and consultancies. Jones is an Accredited Senior Appraiser recognized by the American Society of Appraisers and specializing in ancient and contemporary Asian art. She holds dual Bachelor degrees in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University. Jones served as the Project Manager, Public Art & Civic Art Collection for the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture from 2006-2009 and returned as a consulting collections manager and public art project manager from 2011-2015. As a consultant for the San Diego Unified Port District Public Art Office from 2009-2013, Jones guided the development and implementation of the Port's first public art curatorial strategy to realize public art commissions and exhibitions on the tidelands of five coastal jurisdictions in San Diego County. Jones organized the largest exhibition of city-owned artwork in the City of San Diego's history at the Central Library in 2012 and performed pivotal roles in public art project management for the redevelopment of San Diego's North Embarcadero and the restoration of the Aztec Brewing Company rathskeller historic collection of art and artifacts. She has traveled widely in Asia and Europe, appraised over $35 million in private property, negotiated contracts with internationally recognized artists and previously held positions at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. As the City of San Diego's Senior Public Art Manager, Jones manages the Civic Art Collection, engages artists to design, fabricate and install innovative public art commissions and collaborates with private developers to site art in the public realm. Email Christine Jones at [email protected]
Senior Manager of Arts and Culture Funding Programs
Anjanette Maraya-Ramey is a Certified Nonprofit Professional and holds a Master's degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance and Choreography from CalArts. Maraya-Ramey served as Director of Development and Consensus Organizer for Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, Grants & Donor Relations Manager for ARTS: A Reason To Survive, Company Manager for La Jolla Playhouse, Theater Operations Manager of The Garfield Theater at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, and Managing Director for CYT San Diego. In 2011, Maraya-Ramey provided essential event, volunteer, and artist management to assist the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture in hosting the Americans for the Arts (AFTA) national convention. She served as a grant panelist for the California Arts Council's Creating Public Value Program, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation's Village Cultural Celebrations Grant Program, and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture's Organizational Support Program. She was a dance teacher and musical theatre choreographer at West Hills High School and adjunct professor for the Dance Department at Grossmont Community College. Maraya-Ramey is a Pomegranate Center Fellow, trained to facilitate community-driven, creative placemaking projects. Maraya-Ramey is pursuing a professional certificate in Fundraising and Development from UCSD Extension and remains actively involved in the local dance community as an independent choreographer and founding member of the Steering Committee of San Diego Dance Connect. As the City of San Diego's Senior Manager of Arts and Culture Funding Programs, Maraya-Ramey guides the policies and procedures for the annual distribution of approximately $10 million in public funding to over one hundred nonprofits for support of San Diego's arts and culture. Email Anjanette Maraya-Ramey at [email protected]
Public Art Coordinator
J Noland is an experienced arts administrator, project manager and visual artist. Noland has held previous positions at the New Children's Museum (NCM) in San Diego in the Exhibitions, Executive and Curatorial departments. He assisted with the organization and project management of NCM exhibitions from their opening in 2008 through the summer of 2015. In 2009, he and Josh Pavlick co-founded Helmuth Projects, an alternative art space in downtown San Diego, which provides exhibition opportunities to local, national and international artists. Noland completed a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts at the University of California San Diego in 2014, and he received a Bachelor's degree in Art History and Studio Art from the University of San Diego in 2007. As the Commission for Arts and Culture's Public Art Coordinator, Noland assists with management of the Civic Art Collection, coordination of innovative public art commissions, and communicating with private developers to site art in the public realm.
Arts and Culture Funding Programs Coordinator
Whitney Roux is an experienced arts administrator, program manager and community activist. Roux previously served as Program Manager at NTC Foundation, which is responsible for the oversight of the historic arts district at Liberty Station, and as Programs Fellow at Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, focusing on capacity-building programs for arts organizations. She holds a Masters degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University where she was the recipient of the Karen Murdoch Scholarship for Visionary Leadership in the Arts, and holds a Bachelors degree in Communication in Advertising and Studio Art from the University of Miami. Roux serves as the Chair of the Steering Committee for Rising Arts Leaders of San Diego and was engaged by Americans for the Arts to lead the Emerging Leaders Networks roundtable event at the 2014 national convention. Roux remains actively involved in the local arts and culture community as volunteer for such organizations as So Say We All and The Trip Theater. As the City of San Diego's Arts and Culture Funding Programs Coordinator, Roux will assist in guiding the policies and procedures for the annual distribution of approximately $10 million in public funding to over one hundred nonprofits for support of San Diego's arts and culture. Roux joins the staff of the Commission for Arts and Culture in late October 2015.
Mauri Hays is an experienced executive assistant, analyst and project manager. At General Dynamics Corporation, Convair Division, she served three years as the Administrative Assistant to the Division Director of Tooling and Tool Accountability and three years as Accounting Clerk and Manufacturing Engineering Analyst. She holds a B.A. in History from University of California, San Diego and a K-12 Substitute Teaching certificate from the Arizona Department of Education. Hays' administrative experience is enhanced by frontline customer service experience in retail and event planning. Hays devotes significant resources to community involvement through volunteering for organizations such as Santa Sophia Parish School, Albert Einstein Academy Charter School, USA Swimming and San Diego Quilt Show. Hays and her husband reside in Spring Valley with their 17-year-old twin sons and she is an avid yoga practitioner, road cyclist, mountain biker and quilter. At the Commission for Arts and Culture, Hays serves as the assistant to the Executive Director, office manager and liaison to the Commissioners. Email Mauri Hays at [email protected]