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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.

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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Jacobs Center Invites Community to “Celebrating the Arts @ Chollas Creek” Public Art and Family-Fun Event

Join us at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation’s Arts Park @ Chollas Creek for a family friendly day of unveiling new public art, joining in a parade and enjoying FREE refreshments!

WHERE: Chollas Creek Arts Park, 5010 Market Street, San Diego, CA, 92102
WHEN: Saturday, July 27, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
COST: FREE!
RSVP: Encouraged, but not required, so we have enough fun for all!

12:30 p.m. | Join the children’s drumming workshop and enjoy FREE food from Churros X Chocolate, Tortillas De Lola and more!

1 p.m. | Hear a warm welcome from Jacobs Center President and CEO Reginald Jones, SD City Councilmember Monica Montgomery, City of SD Commission for Arts and Culture Executive Director Jonathan Glus and City of SD Economic Development Deputy Director Lydia Moreno.

1:30 p.m. | Join in the park parade led by drummers, stilt walkers from Fern Street Circus and puppets from San Diego Guild of Puppetry to cut the ribbon at “Chollas Realm,” the gateway custom-designed just for our park! Hear San Diego-based artist Roman de Salvo share about what inspired him to create the archway! It may be closer than you think…or right under your feet!

1:45 p.m. | Proceed on with the parade to the 10-foot, cactus-shaped sculpture, “Visualize Biodiversity,” and hear from Artist Deedee Morrison about the butterflies, beetles and other shapes laser-cut into the LED light sculpture.

Note: FREE parking across the street at Market Creek Plaza.

Learn more and RSVP here.

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CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center Business Accelerator Accepting Applications for Fall 2019

CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center Business Accelerator Accepting Applications for Fall 2019
Southeastern San Diego-based Program Boosts Local Startups, Especially for Low-to-Moderate-Income, Diverse Entrepreneurs

SAN DIEGO – CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center (CAJC), the region’s first low-to-moderate income- and diversity-focused business accelerator program, has announced applications for the fall 2019 cohort of local entrepreneurs. Applications will be accepted through August 26.

A strategic partnership between the City of San Diego, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and CONNECT w/ San Diego Venture Group, CAJC opened in May 2019 in a renovated 4,300-square-foot business accelerator space at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center in Southeastern San Diego. CAJC is geared specifically for low-to-moderate income and diverse founders of San Diego-based, early-stage startups that are poised for growth and job creation.

The first CAJC group of 13 local startups included businesses in retail, technology, food, and health and beauty. The founders come from various ethnic backgrounds, including African-American, Asian, Caucasian, Hispanic and Pacific Islander.

“This business accelerator is providing unprecedented access to free resources and support that will help entrepreneurs transform their ideas into thriving businesses,” said Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “We’re eager to welcome this second round of go-getters and support them as they work to fulfill their dreams.”

Entrepreneurs accepted into the CAJC business accelerator will participate in a six-month program tailored to support their various needs, including expert mentors, opportunities to learn how to access capital and free co-working space. All components of the program are free to participants; no equity stake is required.

CAJC also offers a no-cost Business Resource Center where entrepreneurs, mentors and others can connect and learn about local services and support programs to help move their ideas and businesses forward. The space features 32 open co-working stations, five conference rooms/private spaces, a training room, a fully equipped kitchen and communal lounge seating, along with high-speed internet and printers.

This program is funded in whole or in part with Community Development Block Grant program funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the City of San Diego, and private funding from partners, such as MUFG Union Bank N.A. and bkm OfficeWorks.

“The second group of CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center business accelerator participants will be announced in mid-October, with the program set to start at the end of October,” said Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation President and CEO Reginald Jones. “We are so pleased with how our current cohort has embraced innovation and grown during their time in the accelerator and look forward to watching their business grow to benefit Southeastern San Diego and the region as a whole.”

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, August 26. Applicants are highly encouraged to apply in advance of the deadline.

To learn more or apply for the business accelerator program and Business Resource Center, visit connectallsd.org. The website will also list webinars for potential participants soon.

About CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center
CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center (CAJC) is the region’s first low to moderate income- and diversity-focused business accelerator program, guiding startups that want to grow rapidly with all the support they need to be successful. A partnership between the City of San Diego, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and CONNECT, the program provides participants with mentors, free co-working space and guidance on how to scale their businesses.

CAJC also includes a Business Resource Center, so that all entrepreneurs and small businesses can learn about local services and support to move their ideas and businesses forward. This program is funded in whole or in part with Community Development Block Grant program funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the City of San Diego, and private funding from partners, such as MUFG Union Bank N.A. and bkm OfficeWorks.

To learn more or get involved, visit connectallsd.org.

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Diamond Snapshot: Jacobs Center July Newsletter

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PGK DANCE Project’s “Welcome to Summer” Event on KUSI

Peter Kalivas, artistic director of The PGK DANCE Project and Reginald Jones, president and CEO of Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation joined PGK DANCE Project dancers on KUSI News’s Good Morning San Diego.

Dancers performed and taught KUSI Anchor Lauren Phinney body percussion dance, which consists of sounds made with only your body. Kalivas spoke about the upcoming “Welcome to Summer” event and show that will take place on Saturday, June 29 at the Arts Park @ Chollas Creek. Jones spoke about the Jacobs Center’s overall goal to foster more neighborhood cultural gatherings that bring together artists in the San Diego community and the community at large.

Check out the full segment here.

Learn more about Saturday’s event here and RSVP on Facebook.

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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.

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