As part of our continuing effort to support the arts in southeastern San Diego, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is delighted to announce multidisciplinary artist Gill Sotu as its artist-in-residence.
Mr. Sotu is a prolific poet, musician, DJ, host, and writer. He uniquely weaves all elements of his artistry into impactful performances that inspire, provoke thought, and evoke soul and laughter. Originally from Oxnard, CA, Mr. Sotu moved to San Diego in 2007. He has since opened for Grammy-nominated artist Sheila E, performed with the San Diego Symphony and conducted workshops at local high-schools and the San Diego County Juvenile Detention Center.
Gill has big plans for his two year residency with us. During his time here, he will create original works, community based projects, and develop new platforms for community engagement. Upcoming projects you can look forward to from him include a spoken word opera, a talent show for Diamond residents, and a spoken word and graffiti art festival. He also plans to collaborate with our programs and other community-based organizations in the area. Gill will work in partnership with Writerz Blok, our urban art program, to develop curriculum and teach classes on poetry and spoken word, playwriting, recording, and DJ mixing and blending to local youth. He will also conduct student workshops at local high schools and work with recipients of the Jacobs Presents Cultural Celebrations and Performances Grants to incorporate participatory elements into their projects through technical training seminars.
Gill’s first residency performance was at the Jacobs Center’s Town Hall Series Launch on February 26. He performed an inspiring original spoken word piece that called on residents to be part of the positive change happening in their community.