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Ever since City leaders set aside land for “City Park” back in the late 1800’s, Balboa Park has been a place of passion, invention and innovation.  Today, Balboa Park is home to incredible art, science, architecture, nature trails, off-leash dog parks, humanities, history, performing arts, music, horticulture, fountains, and hundreds of other wonders.  You can visit the Park every day of the week for a year, and experience something new every time.  Finding the best way to navigate this beautiful cultural hub can prove to be overwhelming for both the first timer, as well as, the seasoned visitor. 

The non-profit organization who implemented free Wi-Fi throughout the Park, the Balboa Park Online Collaborative, in conjunction with technology-experience company Guru, have launched a mobile app to make your visit (or visits) to Balboa Park easy, educational, and informative.  The Official Balboa Park Mobile App launched in the Apple App Store and Google...Read The Rest

Beautiful Balboa Park is commonly referred to as the “jewel of San Diego,” but it has been further reinforced with this beautifully shot, historical look-back at our beloved Park.

The premiere of the film was held at the historic Balboa Theatre in the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown, San Diego on the evening of December 9, 2014.  Attendees were met at the entrance of the theatre by a handful of greeters in period dress, appropriate to the 1915 era. 


Once inside, images, videos, and fact cards about the 1915 Panama-California Exposition that helped put the City of San Diego on the map, were displayed on the screen, accompanied by organist Russ Peck on the Balboa Theatre’s stunning Wonder Morton organ.  The ornate instrument, beautifully decorated with filigree and gold-leaf, was rededicated in 2009, after an extensive restoration and renovation.   The organ even has its own Facebook profile…

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October 27, 2014


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Balboa Park Online Collaborative Awarded National Leadership Grant by Institute of Museum and Library Services

San Diego, Calif.—Balboa Park Online Collaborative is thrilled to announce that it was awarded a $419,030 National Leadership Grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for File>Save, a project that will create a collaborative model of affordable digital disaster planning and recovery for museums of all types and sizes. The project begins on November 1, 2014.

“Our grants are highly competitive. The Institute of Museum and Library Services enlists hundreds of library and museum professionals throughout the United States to review grant applications and make recommendations on projects most worthy of funding,” said IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth. “Receiving a grant from IMLS is significant achievement, and we congratulate Balboa Park Online Collaborative for being among the 2014 IMLS museum grantees.” IMLS museum grants...Read The Rest


May 5, 2014

Contact:  Ligaya Malones


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Balboa Park Online Collaborative Announces Nik Honeysett as New Chief Executive Officer

Getty Museum Alum to Connect Balboa Park Institutions through Innovation and Technology

SAN DIEGO, Calif.– Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC), a non-profit organization that provides strategic support and technology development for cultural institutions, today announced Nik Honeysett as chief executive officer. Honeysett joins BPOC from the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, where he was the head of administration. He will assume his new role June 2nd, 2014.

As the technology backbone of the 27 Balboa Park cultural institutions, BPOC is responsible for technology support and advancement, ranging from...Read The Rest

This weekend April 11th-13th is the San Diego Museum of Art’s annual signature fundraiser and floral exhibition, Art Alive. Bringing alive the permanent collection, the event encompasses vibrant displays of color through the feature of 120 exquisite floral interpretations of famous works of art, and three-bloomed filled days of special events.


The opening celebration called BLOOM BASH...Read The Rest

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