The PGK DANCE Project Hosts Interactive Dance Event “Welcome to Summer”

Immerse yourself in dance on Saturday, June 29 from 12-4 p.m. at The PGK DANCE Project’s “Welcome to Summer” interactive event, which will take place at the Arts Park @ Chollas Creek.

PGK DANCE artists will lead “One Movement/One Community,” a workshop for everyone to participate in, no matter their dance experience level. A live DJ and drummers, as well as food and drink vendors will be at the event, free and open to the community.

The PGK DANCE Project and guest artists will perform live, showcasing a variety of dance styles including contemporary ballet, contemporary/modern, jazz, Afro-Caribbean, street dance, body percussion with new age classical and more. The audience can participate in the body percussion section, where everyone will contribute sounds made with their bodies.

This event is sponsored in part by the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Councilmember Monica Montgomery (District 4) “The People’s Councilmember,” The San Diego Union-Tribune, Media Arts Center, SAIL by Mission Edge and City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

Learn more here.


Now Open: CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center

Jacobs Center President & CEO Reginald Jones and San Diego City Mayor Kevin Faulconer shake hands at CAJC grand opening. 

On Monday, May 20, CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center (CAJC) officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City Councilmember Monica Montgomery and Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation President and CEO Reginald Jones announced the strategic partnership between the City of San Diego, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and CONNECT.

CAJC is San Diego’s first business accelerator exclusively geared for low to moderate income and diverse founders. Located in the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center, CAJC nurtures early-stage, growth-driven startups and supports the entrepreneur community with resources that encourage growth and creation of new businesses. All components of the program are free to participants, with no equity stake required.

Out of 66 applicants, CAJC selected 13 startup businesses, with 20 founders, to participate in the first class.  Participants have retail, technology, food, and health and beauty businesses, and come from various ethnic backgrounds, including African-American, Asian, Caucasian, Hispanic and Pacific Islander. All are committed to hiring low-to-moderate income San Diego residents. The Jacobs Center also provides a no-cost Business Resource Center for entrepreneurs at all levels outside the program.

Learn more about CAJC via the press releaseThe San Diego Union-TribuneABC 10 News and Times of San Diego.

View photos from the grand opening on Flickr.


San Diego Union-Tribune’s Someone San Diego Should Know: Bennett Peji

Recently, Jacobs Center Vice President of Impact & Partnerships, Bennett Peji was profiled for The San Diego Union-Tribune’s “Someone San Diego Should Know” column. The article details how Peji’s upbringing and outlook on life helped shape who he is today, and how it has helped him in his current role at the Jacobs Center.

“Peji’s work is the manifestation of a push to make our economy much more inclusive and open it to San Diegans who live in and are emotionally connected to Southeastern San Diego,” wrote Omar Passons.

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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