Community and Artistic Social Action

KINDLE is a socially engaged, data-driven research project facilitated by Zoya Sardashti and co-authored by Zaquia Mahler Salinas. Our goals for the 2021 season are to identify and map the needs of local performing artists. This effort not only responds to the lack of financial support from government agencies, but also the lack of community-driven resources. San Diego requires more artistic platforms that connect and amplify the values and necessities of performing artists across private, public and virtual spaces. Public and private funders have been ineffective in allocating funding for performing artists, especially those who identify as BIPOC, differently abled, LGBTQA+ and female. We must provide public officials with the data to support policies responding to artists needs. This initiative will also provide artists, art institutions, researchers, and the public with a clearer understanding of who the San Diego performing artist community is and what we can achieve. Lastly, KINDLE is interested in stimulating dialogue about how artists can support artists, how local organizations and institutions can better support artists, and what the development of a collective arts economy can look like in our region.


In addition to data collection, KINDLE experiences involve collective actions that contribute to community building. From January to October we will hold space for , but not limited to the following: 

  • Developing ideas for either residencies or independent projects. 
  • Gaining exposure to innovative methods in contemporary performance practice. 
  • Ideating new frameworks for diverse artistic practices. 
  • Collaborating on artist-led and curated public events that are free of charge.



KINDLE advances empowerment and advocacy for performing artists while creating public conversations about freedom of expression and bodily precarity. The finale of the project will result in creating a collective action demonstrating our needs, values and concerns. This performance-as-protest will include multiple forms and diverse practices. As a collective we will decide how to install it in public and online.

Image by Ladan Tofighi

KINDLE events happen quarterly (January 10, April 11, July 11, October 10). Conditions permitting, KINDLE events will have both in-person and online options. All are welcomed – you do not have to be an “artist” to join in this effort to make change and support the arts!

Get Involved

Community Action request from MCSD

The rad folks of Movement Catalysts San Diego have put together a template for a letter to Todd Gloria urging him to support local arts and hold the SD Commission for Arts and Culture accountable to more equitable practices. You can use the template and customize with more personalized stories as you see fit! You can send your emailed letter to one or all of these email addresses of Todd Gloria’s communication and PR team,,,

Community Action request from Andrea Chandler

Culture Mapping: San Diego

The goal of the Culture Mapping: San Diego project is to create a comprehensive listing of Black, Indigenous, Southeast Asian, and MENA cultural and fine arts organizations and individual artists. This comprehensive list will be shared with media outlets, arts organization, and govt agencies to increase visibility and opportunities. In addition the list and it’s data will be used to connect organizations and individual artists with donors and other funding sources.

At this time the listing is open to entities focusing on visual arts and performing arts based in San Diego County and surrounding areas. Please share this form with folx we may have missed.

Thank you in advance – Andrea (@theartlovingaries, Project Organizer)

From the January 10th Gathering