Izcalli and Jacobs Presents invite you to an authentic cultural festival for Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. This FREE event honors the Mexican and indigenous tradition of celebrating the spiritual journey of deceased loved ones with altars, food, music, and entertainment.
Sunday, November 1 Noon – 9 pm
Market Creek Amphitheater
310 Euclid Ave.
San Diego, CA 92114
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.
Gill Sotu performs an inspiring original spoken word piece at the Jacobs Center’s Town Hall Series Launch on February 26.
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.
The Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library presents Art of Élan on Wednesday, May 29th at 6:30 p.m. For the past 5 years, Art of Élan has been pioneering unique chamber music events and bringing back the excitement of classical music. Created by flutist Demarre McGill and violinist Kate Hatmaker in an effort to enrich the cultural life of San Diego, Art of Élan specifically aims to expose new audiences to classical music, explore (and expand) the horizons of the classical music scene, energize audiences and musicians alike, and ultimately educate and cultivate a future generation of classical music lovers. By presenting one hour concerts in artistically stimulating and invigorating environments, keeping the concerts short and providing an opportunity to connect directly with concert-goers, they hope to engage and energize audiences in new ways. Find out more at www.artofelan.org.
May 29th’s concert is a mostly Latin American program, with a fun piece to start by Venezuelan flutist/composer Marco Granados.
The Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library is located at 5148 Market St. San Diego, CA 92114. Learn about other events at the San Diego Public Library’s Central Library and 35 branches, find links to numerous additional resources, or search for materials in the Library’s catalog online at http://www.sandiegolibrary.org
San Diego City Council President Tony Young, MTS Chairman Harry Mathis, educator Ray Kinne and a team of art students recently unveiled a larger-than-life mural at the 47th Street Trolley Station in the Chollas View neighborhood of San Diego. It’s all part of a public awareness and education campaign dubbed “You Can Do It!” that encourages local students and adults to graduate from high school, enroll in college and pursue graduate degrees.
At a noon-time celebration on June 28 the City leaders, MTS officials and volunteer artists put the finishing touches on Trolley Station artwork – one of a dozen large-scale photographic installations depicting recent graduates that are now going up on walls of public facilities and private buildings throughout southeastern San Diego, including Encanto Boys & Girls Clubs, Skyline Hills Recreation Center, Paradise Hills Library and Food Land Supermarkets.
“We are hoping to send a big message to local students to stay in school and aspire to graduation degrees,” said Council President Young.
According to MTS Chairman Mathis, “The ‘You Can Do It” mural is another example of how Council President Young has found a way to beautify a Trolley Station and call attention to the importance of education to the community. The mural will be an inspiration for the more than 2,000 people who go to and from the 47th Street Trolley Station each day.”
San Diego is home to neighborhoods that are rich in cultural and artistic diversity and thrive on collaboration and dialogue. The Center for Community & Cultural Arts’ upcoming exhibition, Local Motion, seeks to capture this vibrancy by highlighting the thought-provoking work being created by San Diego-based artists, with a particular focus on those who live and work in its southeastern neighborhoods.
The exhibition is the continuation of a conversation on cultural themes, interpersonal relationships, and visual culture that is bringing renewed vibrancy to southeastern San Diego. Whether the artist is rooted in craft and tradition or cutting-edge technology, they are all interwoven into our personal stories or conceptual expressions.
For more information contact Rahmo Abdi at (619) 527-6161 ext. 181 or Rabdi@JacobsCenter.org
Join us for an exciting series of screen
printing classes with artist Jason Johnson
and the San Diego Museum of Art. Learn
how to make stencils and build your own
printing screens to create posters, printed
t-shirts, skateboard decks, and more.
The series includes a visit to the museum
in Balboa Park for even more inspiration,
and the classes end with an art show
of everyone’s work.
Learn fun and useful art techniques
Develop your artistic vision
No previous art experience needed
Supplies are provided
* Field trip and guided tour of SDMA.
Admission and transportation provided.
Class size is limited. For more information or to reserve your seat, call Rahmo Abdi at (619) 527-6161 ext. 181.
The Malcolm X Library is offering workshops on the Four Elements of Hip Hop on the first four Wednesdays of February (February 1,8,15,22) from 4:00-5:00PM. These classes will be taught by artists from Writerz Blok, and will feature aerosol art, turntables, B-Boy, B-Girl dancing, and MCing.
Classes are free to attendees, recommended for ages six and up. The library is located at 5148 Market Street, and people may call 619-527-3405 for information.
Celebrate the completion of the Museum’s new 70-foot mural, and meet the artists of Writerz Blokwho created it. During the dedication, enjoy a no-host bar by Giuseppe’s, music with local DJs, a pop-up shop by Writerz Blok, and brief talks by the muralists.
This event will officially recognize the installation of our new mural, which is inspired by artists such as Diego Rivera, Alfred Ramos Martinez, and Raul Angiano who are featured in the Museum’s exhibition Mexican Modern Painting and permanent collection. The artists began by creating an under-drawing, which was then glazed and painted. By putting thin layers of paint on top of the under-drawing, the tones and textures of the drawing show through, creating depth and shadows. The final work will incorporate graffiti aerosol art with this renaissance approach to murals, bringing together innovation and tradition. Since November 1, the public has been invited to watch the creation in person or online each weeknight from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The time-lapse video of the creation of this work will be available beginning in early December, and will be on view next to the mural.
Why: Visit the Museum when it is open. just for teens!
They have arranged for a bus to pick up the teens at the Jacobs Center, take them to Balboa Park and retun just after 8pm. The bus will hold 45 and 2 adult chaperones, so be sure to sign up or get a list going before it’s too late!
A first-of-its-kind look at the history of graffiti in San Diego.
Contents Under Pressure: The Writing on the Wall is a unique exhibit featuring 30 years of urban art created by San Diego-based graffiti artists and Hip Hop photographers – from the inception of Hip Hop in San Diego, to present day – and how today’s artists are showing the world that graffiti is a legitimate and museum-worthy art form. Take a visual tour of early graffiti sites and check out a never-before-exhibited collection of historic graffiti memorabilia.
Original canvases, wearable art, and more will be available for sale. All proceeds will go to future youth art programs and art park maintenance.
In conjunction with this exhibit, Writerz Blok artists are currently creating a 40’ X 60’ mural for the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. The public can watch the artists at work weeknights from Nov. 1-16 from 5-9 pm at the museum. The mural will be installed in conjunction with the SDMA’s fall exhibition Mexican Modern Painting from the Andrés Blaisten Collection.
From August 2 – 18, the Mingei International Museum is hosting a summer art camp where youth ages 8-12 can participate in fun, hands-on art activities.
The first two weeks of camp will be held at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center (404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114; Google Maps), while the third week will take place at the Mingei in Balboa Park. The fee for this three-week camp is only $10! Lunch, materials, and transportation between the Jacobs Center and the Mingei are included.
Space is limited – to register, return the completed waiver at the bottom of the flyer below with $10 per child (cash or check) to Easter Leasau at the Jacobs Center.
For more information about the summer art camp, please call Easter Leasau, Community Coordinator at the Jacobs Center, at (619) 527-6161, or Jackie Hwang, Education and Curatorial Assistant at the Mingei, at (619) 704-7495.