Senior Manager, Arts Program
Chris Chalupsky oversees the Arts Program at San Diego International Airport (SAN) with a focus on developing programming and partnerships with artists and arts organizations in the San Diego community. Bringing 20+ years of experience in cultural arts and entertainment programming, including record label roles in the music industry of Los Angeles, Chalupsky joined the Arts Program at SAN in 2016 from Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. At SAN Chalupsky’s main mission is to help enrich the experience, and thus the lives, of airport patrons through collaborative arts programming of the highest caliber. From 2017-2019 Chalupsky led the creation of a new Arts Master Plan for SAN. This plan will guide the Arts Program for the foreseeable future under his direction. He sits on the San Diego Regional Arts & Culture Coalition Steering Committee (SDRACC), Ocean Beach Planning Board (OBPB), and is a registered member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and Songwriters of North America (SONA). Chalupsky is a Minnesota native and an art creator himself, being a published songwriter and musician.
Public Art Manager, Arts Program
Katie Norman is an arts administrator and artist from Indianapolis. Before joining the SAN Arts team, she spent four years working to develop the art program at the Indianapolis International Airport. She graduated from Ball State University in 2016 with a B.F.A in Drawing and a B.A. in Art History. In her free time, you can find her at the yoga studio, discovering a new restaurant, or making art.
Coordinator, Arts Program
Tony Almanza has worked for the Airport Authority for over 10 years and joined the Arts Program team in 2017. He previously held the position of the Airport’s Lead Painter within the Facilities Management Department. Almanza brings with him a vast knowledge of the Airport which enables him to coordinate with colleagues across all divisions and departments of the Authority in order to implement arts programming. Almanza continues to take art history classes, and enjoys visiting museums in his spare time with his wife Esme and his Son Adrian.