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Revitalizing Downtown San Diego


UC San Diego is taking a historic and dramatic step by establishing a multifaceted center amid a thriving East Village neighborhood. Scheduled to open in 2021, UC San Diego will highlight a series of virtual events to provide a preview of the energetic programming that will be a key component of the new downtown center. UC San Diego has committed to extending beyond campus to engage San Diego’s diverse communities because UC San Diego is committed to supporting all of the region’s visionary efforts.
The innovative center currently being constructed at Park & Market downtown will feature arts, music, academic programming, conferences, workshops and more. The building shares a corner with the San Diego Trolley stop and will serve as a gallery and performance space, provide resources for local entrepreneurs, and offer academic outreach for middle and high school students. UC San Diego hopes the space will evolve into an essential element of the Downtown San Diego culture.

In accordance with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home executive order issued March 19, 2020, all on-campus events and gatherings with a capacity of over 10 people, are required to be cancelled, postponed or moved to a remote platform, until further notice.



The Central Park Five

In this conversation with UC San Diego Music Professor Emeritus Cecil Lytle, Davis explains the genesis of The Central Park Five, and the challenges that ensue when art collides with current events.

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Contemporary Art and Performance in Public Spaces (1)

Three innovative curators who have created change-making arts programming for public spaces in cities across the US talk about their vision to boost audience engagement and the practical implications of contemporary arts production in high-volume public spaces.

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Designing for Community: Dog Parks and Public Space

Enjoy a lively discussion about design strategies for urban settings with a special focus on the dog park/dog run as a particularly effective "mixer" for both human and canine interaction.

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Past Events:

  • A Talk with Anthony on 'The Central Park Five' - December 7

    Opera composer Anthony Davis was joined by UC San Diego Music professor emeritus Cecil Lytle, together they explored the genesis of The Central Park, Davis' latest opera, and the artist’s duty to reflect on important social and political issues of the day.

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  • Public Space and Dog Parks - November 3

    Join us for a lively discussion about design strategies for urban settings with a special focus on the dog park/dog run as a particularly effective “mixer” for both human and canine interaction.

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  • El Tren Fantasma with Bostich + Fussible - September 14

    A music-filled evening featuring Bostich + Fussible of Nortec Collective and musical sets by Son Jarocho group Radio Guacamaya and by Tijuana rising star DJ Grenda.

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  • Marvel in the Moonlight - July 12

    The family fun-filled evening began with games, costume contests and super hero treats. It was a perfect San Diego summer night as the super hero filled audience watched the recently released Marvel feature film, Captain Marvel.

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  • Indian Jazz Journey - June 22

    The sounds of George Brooks, Mahesh Kale, Stanley Jordan and Subhankar Banerjee, radiated throughout East Village.

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Juanita Lahaye
UC San Diego Extension
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La Jolla, CA 92093-0170