Wednesday, October 5, 2022

BRC Imagination Arts’ recommendations for Balboa Park 2015 Centennial Celebration to mark 100th anniversary of 1915 San Diego world expo

From the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership:
‘The year 2015 represents an important milestone in the history of Balboa Park, the much beloved, “jewel of San Diego.” Not only is it a time to celebrate the remarkable 100 years since Balboa Park’s 1915 Panama-California Exposition, it is also a significant opportunity to look forward to the next 100 years of the Park’s evolution.

‘We are very pleased to present the following 2015 report by BRC Imagination Arts, prepared for the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership and funded through The Legler Benbough Foundation. This exciting document resulted from a workshop conducted by BRC in November 2010 with representatives from Balboa Park arts and cultural institutions, peer institutions throughout San Diego, City officials, and others.

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park

The report identifies a dynamic mission for San Diego’s 2015 celebration: Celebrate “A Year of Creativity” that brings together innovative experiences with art, culture, nature, technology, and science. The BRC report also includes numerous recommendations for specific visitor experiences that can be developed to draw both tourists and San Diegans to the celebration. While we do not expect to implement all of the BRC recommendations, we are inspired by many of them. Particularly, we would like to highlight the recommendation for a Nighttime Spectacular – a sound and light show that will animate the facades of all of the major buildings in Balboa Park and become a must-see experience.

‘We are also pleased to report that additional work has been taking place following the November 2010 workshop to further develop specific concepts for 2015 visitor experiences. Proposals are currently being prepared to identify the resources required to further advance these initiatives.

‘We look forward to collaborating with the City of San Diego 2015 Panama-California Centennial Celebration Host Committee, and others, to make 2015 a world-class celebration.


Click here for the Balboa Park 2015 Centennial Celebration Report by BRC Imagination Arts.’

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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