Building an Arts District
From the start, arts and culture have been galvanizing forces for bringing residents from diverse neighborhoods together.
Community teams worked together to plan and design Market Creek Plaza and the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center, which have become magnets for bringing people from across the country to The Village at Market Creek. An atmosphere of cross-cultural sharing helps deepen understanding of their own cultures while building bridges to others. Art connects culture and commerce through capacity-building and training opportunities. It is platform for economic growth and employment for local community artists. Art has shaped Market Creek into a global village that conveys a sense of the world coming together.
The Village at Market Creek is brought to life with public art that embraces cultural diversity and traditions, while reflecting community pride. Many pieces were created in partnership with community artists to honor residents and reflect the diverse cultures found in the surrounding communities. Plans are in the works to create more art opportunities for for both local and world-renowned artists. Learn more…
The Center for Community & Cultural Arts (CCCA)
The CCCA Learning Partnership consists of residents, artists, and cultural organizations from southeastern San Diego, and representatives from the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Man, Mingei International Museum, Museum of Photographic Arts, and the San Diego History Center. Creating a truly dynamic bridge that connects and informs shared arts and culture events, exhibitions, and learning opportunities between southeastern San Diego and Balboa Park is the core of our work.
To support this bridge, the Partnership is building joint exhibitions and programming through opportunities made available by our members including the development
of unique, community-based exhibitions. Thanks to the generosity of The Legler Benbough Foundation and the Jacobs Family Foundation the CCCA is able to bring these opportunities to a 4,700 square-foot gallery space located at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center.
The CCCAis envisioned as an arts organization that is both with and without walls to allow for the inclusion of a variety of visual and performing arts disciplines and to address the diverse needs of the community. Visit CommunityAndCulturalArts.com for more information.
Every month, beginning in April and running through September, a different culture is celebrated in The Village with traditions, music, food, and art. In October, all the cultures come together in a culminating extravaganza called The Arts & Culture Fest. This exciting event includes cross-cultural education and sharing, cultural workshops, fine art displays and art workshops, entertainment, and an International Market alongside a children's activity zone and community resource booths. Activities are spread from the Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater to Festival Park with its eight authentic cultural houses and across Chollas Creek to the indoor and outdoor venues of the new Joe & Vi Jacobs Center. Visit ArtsandCultureFest.com to learn more.
With two versatile outdoor stages and one fully-equipped indoor stage, performing arts has a home in The Village at Market Creek. Partnerships with community organizations – including Asian Story Theatre, Young Audiences of San Diego, and Center Stage Theatrical Academy – have brought the performing arts to The Village at Market Creek, where residents of all ages are transported and entertained through story and song.
Celebrating Families Summer Series
Since 2005, the Celebrating Families Summer Series at the Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater has brought families and neighbors together for weekly outdoor movie screenings and uplifting performances by local gospel artists and church choirs.
Film and Media Partnerships
Our joint ventures with the San Diego Asian Film Foundation and the San Diego Latino Film Festival have brought a variety of films to venues in The Village at Market Creek. From side-splitting comedies to social justice documentaries, they have created new opportunities to gather, learn, and share with one another.