• Cassie Kaawaloa

Meet Janet Konstantin Poutré

Updated: Sep 6, 2019

The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture serves as the anchor to the city’s programs and initiatives that promote, encourage and increase support for the region's artistic and cultural assets; integrate arts and culture into community life; and showcase San Diego as an international tourist destination.

One of the fifteen volunteer Commissioners appointed by the Mayor, Janet Konstantin Poutré brings a rich background in entrepreneurship and innovation. Born in New York City and raised on museum trips, Broadway shows, and weekly piano lessons, Janet earned her bachelors of arts in art history from the State University of New York, College at Potsdam before driving cross-country to relocate to sunny San Diego.

Prior to the Commission she was owner and editor of Clairemont Community News, serving her community since 2006 with daily blogs and a monthly newspaper covering Clairemont news. The CC News was named 2009 Small Business of the Year for the 76th District by state Assemblymember Lori Saldaña. Earlier in her career Janet’s talent for entrepreneurship and innovation led to a key role in the water conservation industry through the design and sale of an improved water meter for apartment and condominium communities. She also devoted her entrepreneurial skill set to roles as district manager for Grantree Furniture and co-founder of AptBiz.com. In 2001 she was selected to be a teaching counselor for a Vassar College program teaching entrepreneurship skills to teen girls.

After retiring Clairemont Community News, Janet turned to volunteerism to continue serving her community. Upon noticing the lack of public art in Clairemont and seeking opportunities to change that, Janet was referred to an open position with the Commission for Arts and Culture by friend and colleague Ryan Trabuco, President Emeritus of the Clairemont Town Council. In 2014 she was appointed to the Commission and now serves as Commission Chair.

In her role Janet supports each of the Commission committees by serving as a point of contact to maintain communications and consistency; represents the Commission at City Council meetings and other events; and reviews the committees annually with staff and commissioners to develop plans for the upcoming year. While she enjoys her work and contributing to the City of San Diego she’s particularly inspired by the organizations, large and small, that use their own time and resources to impact their communities in meaningful ways. She hopes to continue to find and serve the smallest organizations providing the most innovative, unexpected and creative programming to their communities.

San Diego’s proximity to becoming an arts and culture destination makes for the perfect opportunity to develop a vision and action plan for strengthening and growing our city’s arts and culture assets. Janet is excited about the Commission’s goal of developing a City Cultural Plan, as San Diego is one of the only major U.S. cities without one.

She looks forward to expanding arts, culture and creativity across all of San Diego’s communities because, as she says, “Art is a cure.

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