Arts and culture have been a core part of the Foundation’s mission from the start. The new outdoor sculpture program echoes one of the first arts programs the Foundation sponsored, consistent with its mission to to sponsor diverse cultural programs in Del Mar. Art In Public Places, a 1984 program, brought site-specific artworks for a two-month-long outdoor art display curated by art critic David Lewinson. Described as a contemporary art program for people “leery of most art since Impressionism,” it showcased works by four artists: Kenneth Capps, Christopher Lee, Mario Lara, and Eric Orr (with a performance art piece, “Three Pillars of Fire” lasting 20 minutes).
Other Foundation Arts projects: In 1998-99 the Foundation was the fiscal sponsor for the City’s first art acquisition, “A River of Time,” a James Hubbell sculpture installed in 1999 in front of the Library on Camino Del Mar. In 2002 and 2003, the Foundation (partnering with the Thoroughbred Club) produced Payasada, which placed artist-painted horses throughout town for temporary exhibit. And for the Mosaic Wall on Camino Del Mar in front of the Library, the Foundation provided fiscal sponsorship in 2002-03 for the original installation, and fiscal sponsorship plus a grant for extensive restoration in 2012. And the Foundation has supported many children’s arts programs throughout its history.