For Immediate Release
Contact: Toni Robin,, yasfanizhs

San Diego – May 14,2014 – The Village at Market Creek will come alive with arts and cultural activities this spring and summer thanks to specially selected Cultural Celebrations and Performances Grants (CCPG) provided to area nonprofits. Eight grants have been awarded since the beginning of the year and four of the recipients are hosting their events in May and June at the Market Creek Amphitheater and the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center’s Celebration Hall.

The Jacobs Family Foundation established the CCPG Fund to support arts activities that promote the sharing and learning of cultures and diverse art forms. The events will increase opportunities for San Diego residents and visitors to create, learn about, enjoy, and participate in arts and culture; provide for diverse populations to share their heritages and cultures; enrich the lives of the people of San Diego; and assist in building The Village at Market Creek as a vibrant cultural destination. The fund is administered by the Foundation’s operating arm, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI).

“Each of these organizations communicated a clear purpose and goal for their event,” explained Victoria Hamilton, Manager of Arts and Community Development at JCNI. “We are pleased to support their efforts to reach a broad and diverse audience within southeastern San Diego and beyond and enliven the district.”

Upcoming Arts and Culture Events for May and June include:

The Center for World Music
Multicultural World Music and Dance Festival
Saturday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater

Indian Fine Arts Society
Music Meets Bells – Indian Classical Music and Dance Fusion
Sunday, May 18 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater

Drums and Strings of the World
Saturday, June 7 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center (Celebration Hall)
Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children

Somali Youth United
Somali American Cultural Fest
Thursday, June 26 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater

For more information on the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation’s Arts and Community Development initiatives, visit

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The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI) is partnering with resident teams in southeastern San Diego to transform 60 acres into The Village at Market Creek, a LEED-certified neighborhood and vibrant arts destination. Through a network of nonprofit and for-profit partners, locally-owned businesses and national tenants, a community and conference center, and a portfolio of social enterprise projects, JCNI is creating assets that will become economic engines for the community when the foundation sunsets in 2030. Under the banner of “Revitalizing… Together,” the people who live and work in the community create the vision, guide the implementation, and own the change in their community.