Cultural Council (NHCC)
The Normal Heights Cultural Council (NHCC), formed in 2001, is a group of local
volunteers who seek to identify, increase awareness and enhance the cultural life of the neighborhood
for the benefit of residents and visitors alike. The NHCC is creating programs that showcase the
rich history, heritage and culture of the neighborhood while looking toward the future.
Normal Heights was one of three neighborhoods (out of 102 in San Diego) chosen to
form a Cultural Council to participate in the "Living Traditions" initiative as part of the "Share
Your Heritage" program--a nationwide cultural heritage tourism initiative in cooperation with the
National Trust for Historic Preservation and the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture (SDCAC).
Funded in part by the SDCAC and the San Diego Foundation Neighborhood Civic Fund. The San Diego
Historical Society serves as fiscal agent for the NHCC. For more information and to participate,
call Pete Evaristo at (619) 283-8379.
What's Your Favorite Landmark?
The Normal Heights Cultural Council still needs your help
identifying your favorite landmarks for a walking
The Normal Heights Cultural Council is always interested
in your old photographs from the area. Help us out and let us scan your old photographs. We offer on the spot scanning so you don't have to loan out your priceless pictures. See the photographs we have already collected.
Culture has long been at the heart of community life and
has played an especially significant role in the development
of great American cities and towns. Participating in
cultural activities, whether visiting a museum, attending
a street festival, or singing in a choir, can reinforce
community connections by generating pride in one's
surroundings and attachments to ones neighbors.
Most of the support for these cultural activities - from
cash or in-kind donations to countless volunteer hours -
is derived from the community. Supporting Cultural Councils
is just one more way the City of San Diego Commission for
Arts and Culture works to support and create neighborhoods
of which we can all be proud.
A Cultural Council is a group of volunteers who live or work
in a neighborhood and seek to enhance the cultural life of
the neighborhood for the benefit of residents and visitors.
The first Councils were formed in 2002 as an outcome of the
City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture's "Living
"Living Traditions" utilizes the best practices in cultural
tourism marketing to help neighborhoods identify their unique
cultural assets, such as historic properties and sites, arts
and cultural institutions, traditions and festivals and
market them more effectively to residents and visitors.
Presently, Councils have been formed in three neighborhoods -
the Gaslamp Quarter, Normal Heights and Sherman Heights.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate in the work of the Council?
Currently, the only participation requirement for a Council
is that you live or work in the Council neighborhood or
have some interest in the cultural livelihood of the
How are Councils funded?
Each Council is responsible for identifying resources
to support its activities - through cash or in-kind
donations or volunteerism.
How are Councils governed?
All Councils are led by an all-volunteer board of directors
and its general membership. Each Council has adopted a set
of Rules and Regulations to guide their activities. The
Councils function as nonprofit organizations, but are not
tax-exempt 501.c.3 organizations. All financial transactions
are managed by the San Diego Historical Society, the Councils'
When and where do the Councils meet?
Council meetings are held monthly according to each Council's
own schedule, in the neighborhood and at publicly accessible
sites. Meetings are publicly noticed and everyone is welcome
What types of activities have the Councils planned?
Each Council has established a number of strategies, which
the board hopes will not only increase the residents' awareness
and appreciation of the neighborhood's cultural assets, but
will attract tourists who will attend festivals, shop, dine
and leave with positive impressions of San Diego. Some of
the strategies include the development of cultural tourism
brochures, sponsoring banner projects, special events,
and walking tours.
How is the Commission involved with the Councils?
The Commission serves in an advisory and administrative
support capacity to each Council; staff assists with clerical
duties, grant writing, organizational and professional
development. To achieve this goal, the Commission also
partners with a number of agencies, including the San Diego
Convention and Visitors Bureau, the National Trust for
Historic Preservation's "Share Your Heritage" project and
the City's Planning Department. The Commission's goal is to
work closely with each Council until it reaches a level of
stability where it can sustain its own activities and serve
as a model for other neighborhoods.
How can I form a Council in my neighborhood?
Because "Living Traditions" is still in a pilot phase, the
Commission has not yet committed to sponsoring new
neighborhoods. Interested neighborhoods should contact
Felicia Shaw, Program Manager at 619-533-3050 for more