Adopt-A-Plot Program Getting Ready for 2015!

The-Mall-in-Spring-4webFriends of Balboa Park is proud to be initiating the new Adopt-A-Plot Program with the City of San Diego’s Park & Recreation Department for the 2015 Centennial. Professional landscape designers, horticulture and garden societies, businesses and volunteers will work with us to create new landscapes for key areas of Balboa Park including popular gardens in the Central Mesa, and many more acres of parkland in need of refurbishment. These projects will help ensure the preservation of the Park’s rich horticultural heritage. For more information click here .

 

Water-Wise Program Elevates Conservation Efforts in the Park

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Friends of Balboa Park have responded to San Diego’s critical water shortage by initiating the Water-Wise Program for Balboa Park – a plan that will help achieve environmental sustainability. The Friends are leading the effort by raising funds to “smartscape” acres of land with drought tolerant plants, install water-saving irrigation and high-tech irrigation controllers, and study and implement water-reclamation systems.In addition, an important water and irrigation mapping project is underway which will bring immediate benefit to water conservation efforts in the Park. Click here for more information.

 

September 2014 Balboa Park Exhibits/Performances

Click here to view the Current Exhibits and Performances.

Mingei International Museum: Surf Craft  through 1/11/2015

This striking exhibit, Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities, tells the stories of these women. Created by the Museum of International Folk Art, the exhibit highlights ten grassroots cooperatives from ten different countries: Bolivia, India, Kenya, Lao PDR, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Rwanda, Swaziland, and South Africa. Each cooperative has a different style of art, a different story, and a different but unforgettable impact on the lives of the women involved in it. – See more at: http://www.museumofman.org/empowering-women#sthash.55R94iqc.dpuf
This striking exhibit, Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities, tells the stories of these women. Created by the Museum of International Folk Art, the exhibit highlights ten grassroots cooperatives from ten different countries: Bolivia, India, Kenya, Lao PDR, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Rwanda, Swaziland, and South Africa. Each cooperative has a different style of art, a different story, and a different but unforgettable impact on the lives of the women involved in it. – See more at: http://www.museumofman.org/empowering-women#sthash.55R94iqc.dpuf
This striking exhibit, Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities, tells the stories of these women. Created by the Museum of International Folk Art, the exhibit highlights ten grassroots cooperatives from ten different countries: Bolivia, India, Kenya, Lao PDR, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Rwanda, Swaziland, and South Africa. Each cooperative has a different style of art, a different story, and a different but unforgettable impact on the lives of the women involved in it. – See more at: http://www.museumofman.org/empowering-women#sthash.55R94iqc.dpuf

People have made surfboards for centuries. Standing alone, these boards are often striking examples of functional design. Together, they tell a compelling story about the evolution of an important American art form. Traditional craft, cutting-edge engineering and minimalist art converge in the Museum’s new exhibition devoted to surfboards built from the late 1940s to the present day. On exhibit now through 1/11/2015.

This striking exhibit, Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities, tells the stories of these women. Created by the Museum of International Folk Art, the exhibit highlights ten grassroots cooperatives from ten different countries: Bolivia, India, Kenya, Lao PDR, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Rwanda, Swaziland, and South Africa. Each cooperative has a different style of art, a different story, and a different but unforgettable impact on the lives of the women involved in it. – See more at: http://www.museumofman.org/empowering-women#sthash.55R94iqc.dpuf
Experience an inspiring story of love and dedication, and the amazing bond between humans and animals in the new IMAX® film BORN TO BE WILD. Narrated by Academy-Award® winner Morgan Freeman, this film follows the lives of orphaned orangutans and elephants, from birth to their rebirth into the wild. – See more at: http://www.rhfleet.org/shows/born-be-wild#sthash.GDDMtMKl.dpuf

Annual Awards Luncheon Coming October 21st!

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Save-the-Date for Friends of Balboa Park’s Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Balboa Park Club. Join us to honor and celebrate with exceptional visionaries and volunteers in Balboa Park. We are proud to announce this year’s Millennium  Award Honorees as Jerry Sanders and Rana Sampson.  For more information, click here.   To purchase tickets online and take advantage of early bird discounts for tables of 8, click here.

 

Eco Ambassador Campaign 2014

Eco Ambassadors 2014Thank you for voting in the 2014 Eco-Ambassadors People’s Choice campaign!

Voting has now ended in the online campaign. We thank all who took time to vote in support of our Plaza de Balboa Smartscape project. Your vote helped support our  water conservation efforts in Balboa Park. Congratulations to the winner – ArtForm.  Because of your efforts we received over 2,500 votes!  Thank you!