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PRISM: A Celebration of Hip-Hop Culture – September 24


A Celebration of Hip-Hop Culture
Saturday, September 24
1-6 pm
Writerz Blok
5010 Market Street
San Diego, CA 92102

The Jacobs Center and its urban art program Writerz Blok invite you to its second FREE PRISM event. PRISM is a series of events that celebrate San Diego graffiti art, music, and culture. This upcoming all ages event will celebrate all things hip-hop with several engaging arts and culture competitions. 

Family Feud and Jeopardy meets the streets in this hip-hop community game show. Three teams of three use their collective hip-hop knowledge to battle for $300 in prize money. Each team will come up with a Hip-Hop inspired team name and will be given different colored shirt printed by Writerz Blok.

 Categories will include (but are not limited to):

• Name the Artist (song identification – both new and old school)
• Say What?  (Finish the lyric)
• Ants in My Pants (Perform a selected popular hip-hop dance)
• Hip-Hop History
• Looking Fly (trivia on Hip-Hop apparel)

Interested teams must email Gill Sotu at gsotu@jacobscenter.org with their team name and the names of their participants by September 12 to be entered into the competition. The teams chosen to compete will be selected at random and notified September 16. 

KING OF THE CYPHER (3:30 – 5 pm)
Aspiring emcee’s perform in a cypher and go through three rounds of challenges to win a $200 prize and be named
King of the Cypher.

Round 1 – Written Rhymes (emcee’s perform their best written verse to a beat selected by our DJ)

Round 2 – Free Style – Vocab (emcee’s must freestyle a verse using the four words chosen by the audience)

Round 3 – Free Style – Subject (emcee’s must freestyle on a topic that effects the community)

Interested emcee’s must sign up by 1:30 pm at the event to participate. 

• The competition is limited to 15 emcees. Emcee’s will compete in the order drawn.
• Each round is judged by five random audience members who will score each emcee in a round from 0-10.
The low and high scores given to each emcee will be taken out to create an average score.
• The top seven emcee’s will advance to the second and third rounds. The order will be based on the highest to lowest scores. For example, the emcee with the highest score in round one, will go first in round two.
• The highest combined score of the three rounds wins.
• No profanity, sexually explicit language, or hate speech is allowed.

Previously selected up and coming graph writers showcase their skills in this head-to-head competition for $100.
For more information contact Laura Sanchez at lsanchez@jacobscenter.org.


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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)


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