awards for arts achievement
Selina Roberts Ottum Award
Victoria Hamilton is the Director of Arts and Community Development. Most recently Hamilton stepped down after 24 years as founding executive director of the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. In that role, she oversaw the city's $8 million arts and culture program including the design and development of the arts and culture organizational support program, neighborhood arts and festivals programs, public art in public and private development, and technical assistance and services to artists and arts organizations. She was at the forefront of national cultural tourism initiatives and is known for her ability to forge strategic alliances, empowering volunteer leadership, and advance an entrepreneurial approach to innovative arts and culture programs and partnerships. She was a key player in securing the National Endowment for the Arts grant to develop the Art + Design Plan for the Village at Market Creek which was unveiled in October of 2012. Under her leadership, over 50 arts and culture organizations funded by the Commission currently serve the District 4 community through outreach and education programs.