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Diamond Snapshot: Jacobs Center August Newsletter

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Jacobs Presents: Gilbert Castellanos & The Afro-Cuban AllStars!

Kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with a special evening with Gilbert Castellanos & The Afro-Cuban AllStars!

On September 14 at 7 p.m. at Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater, enjoy music by an all-star line up of artists including:

  • Gilbert Castellanos – Trumpet/Band Leader
  • Charlie Chavez – Congas
  • Alvin Paige – Tenor Saxophonist
  • Irving Flores – Keys
  • Omar López – Upright Bass
  • Fernando Gomez – Drums
  • Dan Reagan – Trombone

Gilbert Castellanos is a nationally renowned San Diego-based musician, composer, curator, educator and arranger and one of the country’s top-call jazz trumpeters.

The concert and parking are free. Delicious food, dessert and drinks will be available for purchase.

Please register here to receive a FREE ticket. RSVP encouraged, but not required.

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Jacobs Presents Fall Into Arts Film Series: BLACK PANTHER!

Jacobs Presents brings you “FALL INTO ARTS: FILM SERIES” – a series of FREE and family-friendly movie nights!

On Saturday, September 7San Diego’s The Lyrical Groove will perform award-winning spoken word, hip hop and soul jams before a screening of the film BLACK PANTHER!

The Lyrical Groove was formed under the motivation of spoken word artist, Kendrick Dial, to have live music accompany his performance poetry and it turned into so much more. The group has won three San Diego Muci Awards for Best Hip Hop/Soul Artist and Album in 2013, 2014 and 2017 respectively.

The event will take place at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center, Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater, 404 Euclid Avenue San Diego, CA 92114.

To RSVP, please register here to receive a free ticket. RSVP encouraged, but not required. Ticket does not confirm entry. Please arrive early to ensure seating.

Reminder: The movie venue is outdoors. Feel free to bring beach chairs and blankets since it might get cool at night.

Film: Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o, 2 hours and 14 minutes, Rated PG-13

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Jacobs Presents Fall Into Arts Film Series: AMAZING GRACE!

Jacobs Presents brings you “FALL INTO ARTS: FILM SERIES” – a series of FREE and family-friendly movie nights!

On Sunday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m., enjoy a live performance of Aretha Franklin classics performed by San Diego artists Eddie B and Voices and Daneen Wilburn, followed by a screening of the AMAZING GRACE documentary. The event will take place at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center/ Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater, 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114.

Witness Aretha Franklin as you’ve never seen her before in the concert film. The film received a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes by critics.

Please RSVP here to receive a free ticket.

Please note that the movie venue is outdoors. Feel free to bring beach chairs and blankets since it might get cold at night. Ticket does not confirm entry. Please arrive early to ensure seating.

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Study Finds Biggest Challenge for Local Business Owners is Credit and Financing

Between December 2018 and January 2019, the San Diego Small Business Lending Collaborative surveyed 129 existing and 101 prospective business owners in three San Diego Promise Zone zip codes (92102, 92113 and 92114). The purpose of the survey was to identify barriers to small business establishment and growth within the San Diego Promise Zone, a geographic area comprising of Barrio Logan, Southeastern San Diego and Encanto. Historically disadvantaged, the culturally rich communities within the San Diego Promise Zone possess unique barriers to economic growth.

Through a partnership between the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Accion Serving Southern California, Logan Heights Community Development Corporation, CDC Small Business Finance and the San Diego Small Business Development Center, and with support from JPMorgan Chase PRO Neighborhoods planning grant, we are able to share the following survey results and final report.

The study found that the biggest challenge business owners face is credit/financing. Only 12% of business owners have ever applied for business financing and out of those who have, they found only expensive options or were declined due to bad credit or income requirements. The final report outlines recommendations and strategies for small business owners in the San Diego Promise Zone to overcome these obstacles and grow their companies. For example, expanding access to entrepreneurship training and accelerator programs for low to moderate income populations.

Support for the San Diego Small Business Lending Collaborative and this plan was provided by JPMorgan Chase through its Partnerships for Raising Opportunity in Neighborhoods (PRO Neighborhoods) initiative.

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Jacobs Presents, A Gill Sotu Event: “Be About It”

On Sunday, August 25 from 3-6 p.m., San Diegans are invited to Jacobs Presents, A Gill Sotu Event: “Be About It,” a performance-filled event celebrating community organizations through local entertainers at the Arts Park @ Chollas Creek, 5010 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92102.

The entire community is welcome at this FREE event hosted by local poet and artist Gill Sotu for entertainment, food and a showcase of San Diego groups making a difference in the community. Ten entertainers will perform a short set of their own dynamic work plus a custom piece that pays tribute to the focus of each organization.

Eventgoers can also visit volunteer opportunity booths that will encourage “being about” making a change and multiple food vendors including Churros X Chocolate.

Singers Mariela Contreras, J. Howard, Cheryl Songbird and Shawn Moore, poets Gill Sotu, Natasha Hooper and Shawn Moore, along with rapper Ric Scales, comedian Kree Rushing and dance group MEL will be performing pieces.

RSVP is encouraged, but not required. Learn more here.

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Jacobs Presents Fall Into Arts Film Series: MOANA!

Jacobs Presents brings you “FALL INTO ARTS: FILM SERIES” – a series of FREE and family-friendly movie nights!

On Friday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m., the Moana cast of six San Diego Junior Theatre artists will perform some of the greatest hits from Disney’s Moana. Enjoy singing, dancing, character meet and greets and a screening of the film at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center/ Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater, 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114. 

Please RSVP here to receive a free ticket.

Please note that the movie venue is outdoors. Feel free to bring beach chairs and blankets since it might get cold at night. Ticket does not confirm entry. Please arrive early to ensure seating.

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The San Diego Union-Tribune: New Sculptures Unveiled at Chollas Creek Park

New public art sculptures have been added to Chollas Creek Park in San Diego that offer nods to the neighborhood’s waterways, plants and insects. “Chollas Realm,” lacy archways by artist Roman de Salvo, mirror a map of the local watershed, while “Visualize Biodiversity,” by Deedee Morrison, is shaped like a barrel cactus and features laser cut-outs of bees, beetles, wasps, butterflies, and moths.

“We are excited to showcase the ways art and nature can combine and represent the San Diego region,” said Reginald Jones, president and CEO of the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.

Read the full article on The San Diego Union-Tribune’s website.

 

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Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation Showcases New Public Art at “Celebrating the Arts”

Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation Showcases New Public Art at “Celebrating the Arts”
“Arts in August” Series Will Feature Diverse Artists, Art Forms Throughout the Month

On Saturday, July 27, The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation showcased two new public art sculptures at Chollas Creek Park. The art pays homage to the Chollas Creek natural waterways and native plant and insect life, as explained by the artists at the Saturday, July 27 unveiling event called “Celebrating the Arts @ Chollas Creek.”

“We encourage San Diego residents, visitors and art enthusiasts to visit Chollas Creek Park and see our newest pieces for themselves,” said Jacobs Center President and CEO Reginald Jones. “We are excited to showcase the ways art and nature can combine and represent the San Diego region.”

The new public art pieces are:

  • Artist Roman de Salvo’s “Chollas Realm,” two sculpted archways to the Chollas Creek Park featuring a lacy shape that maps out the Chollas Creek watershed
  • Artist Deedee Morrison’s “Visualize Biodiversity,” a 10-foot LED light sculpture inspired by the shape of a barrel cactus that features laser cut-out patterns of San Diego’s pollinators, including bees, beetles, wasps, moths and butterflies

“The world-class work of the City’s Commission for Arts and Culture continues to impress by integrating artistic and cultural works into community life throughout San Diego,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer. “These two art pieces beautifully integrate and celebrate Southeastern San Diego’s natural resources and biodiversity for all to enjoy.”

Jones, Assemblymember Dr. Shirley N. Weber, San Diego City Councilmember Monica Montgomery, Executive Director of the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture Jonathan Glus and City of San Diego Economic Development Director Lydia Moreno unveiled the pieces with a celebratory ribbon cutting ceremony.

“It’s been a pleasure to watch this gateway park come together and to help fund meaningful public art,” said County Supervisor Greg Cox, who recommended County grant funding for the archways. “Chollas Creek Park functions as a safe pathway for families, a venue to display public art and a haven to explore nature. The park fits a true need in the community.”

According to a 2018 survey conducted by Americans for the Arts, 72 percent of Americans believe the arts unify communities. Public art is an important part of the Jacobs Center’s Art + Design Plan and Activating Chollas Creek Plan, as it helps enliven the creek and create places where residents and visitors can enjoy the outdoors.

“Art changes lives. I applaud the addition of public art to the Fourth Council District,” said Councilmember Monica Montgomery, who represents this area on the San Diego City Council. “The Chollas Creek Park has become a beautiful and must-visit part of the neighborhood for families and young children.”

The next “Arts in August” event, “Be About It” on Sunday, July 25, is a collaboration between the Jacobs Center and Gill Sotu, a former artist-in-residence. An afternoon of entertainment about how to step up and volunteer in the community, the event will feature performances by 10 San Diego entertainers inspired by 10 local community organizations.

To view photos from the event, please click here.

“Visualize Biodiversity” is a collaboration between the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Chollas Realm,” a Jacobs Center Neighborhood Innovation project, was funded by Community Development Block Grant Funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development to the City of San Diego, National Endowment for the Arts, County of San Diego, Colonel Frank C. Wood Memorial at The San Diego Foundation, McGrory Family Foundation and Judy McDonald.

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Jacobs Center Seeks Community Board Members

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation has two community board positions open, and we are looking for individuals who live, work or otherwise demonstrate investment in and commitment to the Southeastern San Diego community. Applicants must have worked on a Jacobs Center working team or project and have general knowledge of our mission. Particular skills and experience we are looking for include a background in finance, economic development, law, fundraising or government relations.

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation was founded in 1995 by Dr. Joe and Vi Jacobs and their family, founders of Jacobs Engineering Group in Pasadena, California. As creative catalyst and incubator, we work to revitalize 60 acres in Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods and focus on developing the community into a vibrant and economically sustainable destination. Our work is deeply rooted in community engagement and creative placemaking. The vision for the community was created in partnership with residents and local community organizations.

The deadline for applications is August 25, 2019.

The complete list of qualifications and responsibilities for board members can be found here. After an initial screening, final candidates will be interviewed by the Jacobs Center board at their September board meeting. Board terms will begin in December 2019.

To fill out an application, please click here. For any questions, please email app@jacobscenter.org or call 619-527-6161 Ext. 139. 

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