Jim Gilliam - Vanessa Lemen

Jim Gilliam: Arts Administrator, City of Encinitas

Jim Gilliam was hired by the City of Encinitas in June, 2005 as the Arts Administrator. He works with the community and the Commission for the Arts to develop programs in the visual, performing and literary arts. Jim manages the Civic Art Program, with galleries in City Hall and the Encinitas Library, The Community Grant Program, which provides funding to arts and civic organizations, and EncinitasLive.com, the city's arts and community website. He is a graduate of Vanguard University with a Bachelor's Degree in Church Music and is the Director of Music at Episcopal Church of the Messiah in Santa Ana. His previous positions include serving as Development Director for the Pacific Chorale, Executive Director of Imagination Celebration of Orange County and Arts Administrator for the City of Santa Ana.

What is your vision of the future of the Visual arts for San Diego?

"Encinitas is one of the most creative communities in which one could hope to work. Either you are an artist or one who values the arts. Encinitas doesn't have many cultural venues but this isn't a deterrent, the arts abound in coffee shops, on the beach, in libraries and at about any location within the city. This unconventional approach to arts programming is both relaxed and accessible. My goal is to make arts programming as professional as possible, to elevate the quality and presentation and foster growth of new arts programs and initiatives."