Carolyn Mickelson - Nancy Bergmann

Carolyn Mickelson: Chair of the City of Oceanside Arts Commission, Vice-President of Oceanside Museum of Art, President, Creative Designs, Inc.

The image of Oceanside, as a cultural arts center for North County and San Diego is finally starting to be recognized. Carolyn Mickelson is proud to be a part of this realization through her work in the community for the promotion of the arts in our region. Carolyn is a graduate from the University of Michigan with a Fine Arts degree. She has been a teacher, and has worked in both print and broadcast advertising as an Art Director. She currently owns Creative Designs, a full service graphic design company. Carolyn Mickelson is involved in bringing both the performing and visual arts to Oceanside showcasing local talent through a number of avenues. As part of Oceanside Museum of Art, she has chaired the membership committee and 5 fundraisers. Additionally, as a graphic designer, she has created many invitations and promotions for the museum. As Chair of the Arts Commission, she has overseen sculpture contests, the painting of utility boxes, Concerts in the Park, installation of sculptures and murals for the City and other projects. Carolyn Mickelson has helped organize, promote and create graphics for the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, including the Oceanside Days of Art and the Music Festival.

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

"Through the arts, I would like to see the community celebrate the diverse ethnic cultures in the region. I visualize the City of Oceanside taking a leadership role in making the cultural arts an integral part of the community. I am working in the forefront to help create an infrastructure, or overlay, incorporating the performing and visual arts in the planning of the City of Oceanside. There will be venues for theatre; poetry, dance, music, technological arts, and environments plus funding for sculptures, paintings, mosaics and multi-media. The cultural arts boost the economy and help create a desirable location for businesses, employees, residents and tourists."