Circle Circle dot dot Presents: Gill Sotu’s The Best Goodbye – July 23 through August 6

Circle Circle dot dot presents guest playwright Gil Sotu’s exciting new production The Best Goodbye (Beats, Crime & Life).

July 23rd-August 6th.  Showing Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 4pm.
Where: ParkArts Blackbox, 4545 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA
Circle Circle dot dot is offering half price tickets to friends of the Jacobs Center. Purchase tickets online at 
www.circle2dot2.com and enter the promo code JACOBBEST to received tickets for only $10. Each performance time only has 30 spots available for audiences – shows sell out every year, so plan ahead! The Box Office will open 1 hour prior to the first performance of each day. 

The Best Goodbye Synopsis

When his best friend stumbles upon the house and recently dead body of a forgotten Motown recording artist, Rudo must decide whether or not to take him up on his offer to rob the place in order to pay for studio time for their own up and coming rap group, THE NATIVES. Besides keeping the body hidden, the crew must also deal with turmoil within the group, unexpected guests, threats to their lives, and the death of a rap icon. Set in the mid 90’s, the golden age of Hip-Hop.

The Best Goodbye (Beats, Crime & Life) is written by Gill Sotu and Directed by Patrick Kelly. It features performances by Andrea Agosto, Kamryn Harris, Robert Malave, Xavier Scott, Javid Wallace, and Wreckless Watson.

“We are so excited to present this fresh and riveting new production by Gill Sotu, who has one of the strongest artistic voices in San Diego.  His humor and heart and gift for poetic language thrives in “Best”.  We’re presenting it in an incredibly intimate space with gifted new performers and are very excited to share this work with our audiences.”  -Katie Harroff, Artistic Director.

Playwright Bio

Recently, Gill Sotu has opened for Grammy-nominated legend Sheila E, partnered and performed with the San Diego Symphony, has been commissioned to create numerous poetry pieces for the United Way of San Diego and performed for TEDx San Diego in December 2013. The San Diego community continues to take notice of Gill’s talent and charisma, as he’s been featured on NBC 7’s Art Pulse TV and was named the 2012 & 2013 San Diego Raw Performing Artist of the Year.

Amidst regular performances, Gill currently serves as the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation’s artist-in-residence. He also conducts poetry workshops in schools across California and has facilitated poetry workshops within San Diego County’s juvenile detention center for the past two years. He finds the creativity and honesty expressed by these elementary through high school students to be an incredibly rewarding experience and reminder of the importance of speaking one’s own truth.

Sotu is a paradigm shifter whose audience feels that he’s speaking to them individually, making a performance to hundreds seem more like an intimate dialogue between close friends. Charismatic and with an ability to adapt to any event, Gill quickly garners people’s attention and doesn’t let go until he says ‘thank you’.

His music and poetry can also be heard on ITunes, Amazon, CDBaby, Reverbnation, Spotify.


The #PeoplesPoem

At this year’s inaugural Poets and Painters Spoken Word and Graffiti Art Festival on June 25,  we asked attendees to participate in our #PeoplesPoem social media activity. Participants were asked to create one line to contribute to a community poem. The task was easy, participants had to choose any color, choose a sense (taste, smell, sound, look, feel), and put it together with their own words to create their line (i.e. Blue feels like a roaring wave). We received 23 lines from individuals, families, and friends who attended the festival and shared these throughout the day on social media using #PeoplesPoem. After the festival, the Jacobs Center’s artist-in-residence and award-winning spoken word poet Gill Sotu took all of the lines and combined them with his own words to create one community poem by the people, for the people. The complete #PeoplesPoem is below. Enjoy!



The Jacobs Center is Hiring for a Youth Program Manager

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is hiring for a Youth Program Manager for its Inspire Youth Careers San Diego initiative. Inspire Youth Careers San Diego takes an industry-focused approach to youth employment that puts opportunity youth into self-sustaining, middle-skill jobs. Working in a multi-disciplinary capacity, this role intersects the Education, Creative Placemaking, and Economic Development offices of the Jacobs Center in order to create a re-engagement system for opportunity youth ages 16-24.

Our approach is to establish industry pathways, developed with key partners across sectors: social service organizations; education partners; and private sector partners, resulting in youth participants receiving industry guided training along with certifications, college units, stackable badges and permanent jobs within each training area. This position requires strong management skills with the proven ability to bring stakeholders and internal teams together, organize and implement a re-engagement and workforce program that is focused on improving educational and employment outcomes for youth ages 16-24 who are neither employed or in school.

The goals of  Inspire Youth Careers San Diego include:

• Ensuring that opportunity youth are effectively connected to the best pathway based on their needs, interests and strengths.

• Implementation partners are providing high-quality services.

• New programs are developed as needed to meet the needs of opportunity youth.

• Data is used to identify gaps, track progress, and ensure quality and continuous improvement.

This position requires a leader with the proven ability to achieve goals in a high-pressure environment and ability to work with diverse stakeholders representing multiple sectors. This position reports to the Director of Education and Creative Placemaking.

To learn more about the essential duties, responsibilities, and other experience required for this position and to learn how to apply click here.


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Jacobs Center Creative Placemaking Partner Program




Creative Placemaking is both a philosophy and a hands-on approach that inspires us to reimagine and reinvent public spaces, strengthening the connection between people and place. Placemaking utilizes a community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, in the creation of quality public spaces that contribute to people’s health, happiness, and sense of connectedness.

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is excited to release the FY 2017 Creative Placemaking Partnership Grant application. For this grant cycle we will fund proposals that support elements of our 2016-2017 Arts Strategy including:

Activating Space: Utilizing the natural and built environment we create “places” for community to come together and develop a shared identity. Projects and related programming or activities can take place anywhere in the Diamond Neighborhoods or along the Barrio Logan/Downtown corridor and trolley line connecting to Southeastern San Diego, as long as primary activities are centered within the Diamond Neighborhoods. Types of projects can include: pop-up installations, performances, public art, wall murals, street art.

Creative Capital for Emerging Artists and Arts Enterprises: Untapped talent is a key ingredient in transforming community; emerging artists and art forms provide an important view into the identity and evolution of place. Projects can support an emerging artists’ original work; a consortium of artists working together on multiple or joint projects; serve as a platform for artists to convene and form networks; or support an arts enterprise/ business. Projects in this category may include a digital component. Priority in this category will be given to artists from, working in or connected to Southeastern San Diego.

Community Engagement Projects: We believe in the arts as process as well as product, and as a tool for civic engagement, inclusion and equity. We support projects and programs that elevate community voice and use the arts as a tool to further civic discourse. Projects should demonstrate depth of community engagement and an eye toward solutions. Strong projects will address a community issue, need or opportunity such as: safety, mobility, education, workforce development, and beautification to name a few.  Festivals may apply in this category. Cross-sector collaborations with organizations focused in the aforementioned areas strongly encouraged.

What projects are eligible for funding?

Projects that promote the connection between people and place; create shared values and community identity; activate public spaces; and contribute to people’s health, happiness, and sense of connectedness. Projects should promote learning and build networks through the use of diverse art forms: performing, visual, multi-media. Activities must be accessible to the public and assist in building a vibrant cultural destination and arts district. Anyone may apply. Applicants that do not have IRS 501(c) (3) status must provide evidence of a fiscal sponsor agreement with an appropriate organization at the time the grant is received.

How much can a group or organization request?

Grant awards range from $2,500 to $10,000.

When do we apply?

Proposals are reviewed once a year. Deadlines and other key dates for FY 2017 are as follows:

Project Takes Place Deadline to Submit Letter of Intent Invitation for full proposal TA workshop for full proposals Full proposals due Final Projects notified
October 2016 – September 2017* August 5, 2016, 5 p.m. August 15, 2016 August 26th September 16th September 30th

*Pending funding availability

How are proposals evaluated?

Each application is reviewed by a committee and evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Application clearly demonstrates one or more of the outlined strategies listed above
  • Project demonstrates quality, creativity and innovation
  • Strength and clarity of project purpose, goals, and outcomes
  • Project involves artists and arts organizations from Southeastern San Diego
  • Project engages residents and community from Southeastern San Diego
  • Project has the ability to reach a broad and diverse audience
  • Strategy for documenting attendance
  • Good demonstration of cross-sector and multi-cultural collaboration
  • Proper visual renderings and design documents as needed

How do we apply?

A Letter of Intent to apply is due on August 5th at 5 p.m. via e-mail to Vhamilton@jacobscenter.org . Full grant applications will be by invitation only.
For those that are invited to submit a full application, attendance at a site visit and/or technical assistance workshop will be required and scheduled for August 26th.

Please submit a brief letter of intent (no more than two pages) with the following information:

Contact Information

Your name and title

Who you represent

E-mail address and phone number

Link to your website

Describe Your Project

The name of your project

Identify which Placemaking strategy(s) your project addresses

Describe the project (who, what, where, when and how)



Final Market + Euclid Complete Streets Information Session – June 30

You’re invited to attend the final information session on infrastructure improvements planned for the Market Street and Euclid Avenue corridors. These important improvements will create safer streets for vehicles, public transit, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

Thursday, June 30
6 – 8 pm
Presentation starts promptly at 6:30 pm.
Joe and Vi Jacobs Center

First Floor Community Room
404 Euclid Ave.
San Diego, CA 92114

This project is funded in part by a Caltrans Active Transportation Planning grant. For more information, contact Venus Molina, Director of Community Affairs & Government Relations at (619) 527-6161 or VMolina@JacobsCenter.org. To learn more about the Jacobs Center’s redevelopment projects and take our Town Center Master Plan survey click here.


Poets & Painters Poetry Slam Guidelines


Interested in showing off your poetry skills at the Poets & Painters Graffiti Art and Spoken Word Poetry Festival this Saturday, June 25? Here’s everything you need to know to enter the festival Poetry Slam for a chance to win $500 in cash prizes.



• All poets wishing to participate must check in and sign up at the information booth by 2:30pm.

• We can only accommodate 20 poets.  The names of those who sign up before the 2:30 cut off will be placed in a drawing to choose who will get to compete.

• The Slam starts at 3:30. 20 poets will compete in round one. (In the order drawn)

• The top 7 poets will advance to round two. The order will be highest to lowest. Whomever has the highest score in round one, will go first in round two.

• The highest combined score of the two rounds wins.

• No profanity, sexually explicit or hate speech allowed.


1ST PLACE – $300.00, 2016 Poets And Painters Trophy, Poets & Painters 1ST Place Certificate, Featured Spot on the Jacobs Center’s Website, & bragging rights for a year!

2nd PLACE – $150.00, Poets & Painters 2nd Place Certificate

3rd PLACE – $50.00, Poets & Painters 3rd Place Certificate

NOTE: Since we will not know the winner until the end of the show, a check for the prize money will be cut in the winner’s name and ready at an arranged time.


What is poetry slam?

Simply put, poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it. In competition, the poets are judged by members of the audience. Typically, the host or another organizer selects the judges, who are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 or one to 10 scale) based on the poets’ content and performance.

Who gets to participate?

Though everyone who signs up has the opportunity to read in the first round, the lineup for subsequent rounds is determined by the judges’ scores. In other words, the judges vote for which poets they want to see more work from.

What are the rules?

• Each poem must be of the poet’s own construction.

• Each poet gets three minutes (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one poem. If the poet goes over time, points will be deducted from the total score.

• The poet may not use props, costumes or musical instruments;

• Of the scores the poet receives from the five judges, the high and low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score ranging from 0-30.

What kind of poetry is read at slams?

You’ll find a diverse range of work within slam, including heartfelt love poetry, searing social commentary, uproarious comic routines, and bittersweet personal confessional pieces. Poets are free to do work in any style on any subject.

How do I win a poetry slam?

Winning a poetry slam requires some measure of skill and a huge dose of luck. The judges’ tastes, the audience’s reactions, and the poets’ performances all shape a slam event, and what wins one week might not get a poet into the second round the next week. There’s no formula for winning a slam, although you become a better poet and performer the same way you get to Carnegie Hall – practice, practice, practice.

What is the difference between slam poetry and poetry?

There is no such thing as “slam poetry” even though the term “slam poet” seems to have gained acceptance. The more useful question to ask is “What is the difference between spoken word and poetry?” Spoken word is poetry written first and foremost to be heard. At any given slam, much of the work presented could be called spoken word but all forms of poetry are accepted.

Learn more about  the Poets & Painters here


GRID Alternatives Seeks Applicants for new Solar Installer Training Program


Get Paid to Learn Solar With Local Nonprofit

GRID Alternatives Seeks Applicants for new Solar Installer Training Program

From a warehouse in the Mt. Hope neighborhood, GRID Alternatives staff and dozens of volunteers head out into different areas of San Diego twice a week to install solar electric systems onto the rooftops of qualifying low-income families at little to no cost to the client, and they’re currently recruiting candidates for a brand new, paid solar installer training program.

“This is the first time we have ever done anything like this,” explains Executive Director, Paul Cleary. “It will be an ongoing program with room for up to 25 qualified individuals. We’re really excited to offer this opportunity to local people interested in a career in solar.”

Trainees will mainly assist with solar panel installations. They will also spend time learning about pre-construction processes. Upon the successful completion of the training, they will be placed in an installation-related job with a local solar company. To learn more visit www.gridalternatives.org/jobs and click on the ‘Solar Construction Intern – PAID’ under the San Diego section.

Are you a homeowner on a low or fixed income? You may qualify for a solar electric system through GRID Alternatives — check now by visiting gridalternatives.org/qualify.


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