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Arts Park @ Chollas Creek – 20 Years of Community-Driven Art

After nearly 20 years of making a positive impact on the youth of Southeastern San Diego, Jacobs Center’s Arts Park @ Chollas Creek is still fostering a thriving community of young artists by providing the space and materials needed to express their creativity.

By partnering with Writerz Blok to lead this project, Arts Park has become a community for hundreds of teens over the years. Jose Venegas, the program manager at Writerz Blok, has been a driving force for this program and part of the solution for vandalism in the community. He says that the process of helping teens in the community is therapeutic. “I feel like this place has done more than offer a space to paint,” said Jose.

With the help of artists in the community, the hope for Arts Park is to continue to embrace the artistic expression that is representative of the community surrounding it.

Arts Park @ Chollas Creek is open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and one Saturday a month during summer.

Learn more about Arts Park and Jose in this ABC 10News story.

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The Power in Philanthropy – San Diego Grantmakers Annual Conference

Join San Diego Grantmakers on a day-long journey to examine and re-envision the Power in Philanthropy. Learn about the evolving nature of power, the sources of your individual power and ultimately how our organizations and sector can more effectively harness power for more impactful philanthropy and a better future for San Diego.

The interactive day will challenge participants to confront the ways unconscious bias and practices of exclusion result in leaving power and influence on the table; how a lack of awareness of power dynamics may result in harm to the communities we aim to serve; the unique ways power “shows up” within an organization; and the responsibility we bear – as individuals, organizations and collective philanthropy – to use power to tackle our most pressing challenges.

The event will take place at the University of San Diego, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice on Tuesday, June 4 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Learn more and register here.

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Dear Marvin – A Tribute Concert to Marvin Gaye

Don’t miss out on an unforgettable night of music and celebrating the iconic Marvin Gaye at Elan Trotman’s concert, Dear Marvin – a Saxophone Tribute to Marvin Gaye. Trotman is an award-winning saxophonist who has topped the Billboard singles chart more than 10 times.

The concert will take place on Saturday, May 18 at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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Dinners for Good April 28

Come for the food and stay for the entertainment! On Sunday, April 28 from 5-7:30 p.m. Kitchen’s for Good is hosting a five-course gourmet meal at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center with Tommy “the Fishmonger” Gomes. Enjoy a tasting menu with paired drinks as you learn from Chef Matt Gordon and Sam the Cooking Guy, during a live cooking demo.

All proceeds from the event will support Kitchens for Good and its culinary job training program.

Tickets are $115, $40 of which is tax deductible. To purchase tickets click here.

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Jazz at the Creek Pre-Party!

Don’t miss out on music, dancing and good times at the 8th Annual Jazz at the Creek Festival! Join The Wildside Band on Friday, May 24 from 7-9 p.m. for the pre-party kickoff event at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center Celebration Hall.

Enjoy featured entertainment from The Wildside Band along with a Steppin’ Session with James Choc from the Chocolate Factory and DJ John Phillips. Purchase general admission tickets in advance for $25, or at the door for $30. Save $5 on each ticket for a group of 10 tickets. The event will benefit Mandate Project Impact’s Youth Employment Training Program.

For more information and to buy tickets click here.

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MOSAICS 3: Policing Ourselves

On Saturday, June 1Artists Building Community Project annual program, MOSAICS, is back for its third year and this year’s theme is “Policing Ourselves.” Artists and event attendees will be invited to explore the definition of the verb “police” and the question “What are the rules to we live by, and why?”

MOSAICS features both visual and performing artists who have ties to Southeastern San Diego, a nod to their respective contemporary ballet and visual art backgrounds.

Don’t miss out! Register today.

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Free Preschool and Tax Prep Resource Fair

On Saturday, April 6, join San Diego Unified School District, United Way of San Diego County and Dreams for Change for a free resource fair! Free Pre-K enrollment and tax preparation will be offered to income-qualifying families. Onsite childcare, refreshments and healthy snacks thanks to Feeding San Diego will also be provided.

Free tax preparation is available for most households earning approximately $54,800 or less in 2018. For questions, please contact Early Childhood Program Office 858-496-8126 or visit: sandiegounified.org/pre-k-all. For more tax info visit uwsd.org/EITC.

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HBCU Game Night [Student Edition]

Join the Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Alumni San Diego for an evening of fun, food, fellowship and HBCU advocacy at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center located at 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114.

On April 19 from 6-8:30 p.m., team up with friends to play “Whose HBCU is it Anyway?” and other traditional games with a twist. A $5 donation at the door will go toward HBCU Alumni San Diego programs.

Learn more and register for this event today!

 

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Teatro Izcalli Comedy Performance


Join Jacobs Center’s Artist-In-Residence and Teatro Izcalli Co-founder and Artistic Director Macedonio Arteaga on April 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a special comedy performance. The show will take place at the San Diego Continuing Education Performing Arts Theatre at 4343 Ocean View Blvd., San Diego, CA 92113.

The show is free and open to the public, all San Diego Continuing Education students, faculty and staff!

Established in 1995, Teatro Izcalli is a comedy troupe that has performed throughout the U.S. at various local, state and national venues. The group’s plays and performances help educate audience members and address issues such as racism, identity, higher education, health education and representation of Latinos in the entertainment industry.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Norman Paraiso here.

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San Diego Civic Leadership Forum

Join the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) and Civic Leadership USA at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center on Saturday, March 30 for the San Diego Civic Leadership Forum.

The forum will feature prominent leaders and elected officials who will discuss civic leadership and empowerment of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. The goal of the partnership between the NaFFAA and Civic Leadership USA is to close the gap in representation by 2024.

Whether you’re looking to network, get more involved in the community or even run for office, please join us!

RSVP on Eventbrite.

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