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Today, February 15, the San Diego Air & Space Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary of opening to the public. SDASM released its guidebook, Celebrating: a History of the Museum and its Collections.

SDASM first opened on February 15, 1963 in Balboa Park’s Food and Beverage Building. SDASM then moved into the nearby Electric Building in 1965, where it remained until 1978, when a fire destroyed the museum and its contents. The board, staff, and members, with strong support from the community, immediately began to rebuild and moved SDASM into the historic Ford Building in 1980, where it resides today.

Historic Photos of SDASM & the Ford Building

SDASM history

Ford Building under construction

SDASM history

Pre-Air & Space Museum exhibit in the Ford Building

SDASM history

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On Friday, The San Diego Museum of Art’s Executive Director Roxana Velasquez wielded giant scissors to cut the ceremonial ribbon to the new permanent gallery “Art of East Asia.” The Museum has been aquiring pieces for this collection for almost 90 years and it is now open to the public. The gallery contains more than 280 works of Chinese, Japanese and Korean art, making up nearly half the total number of pieces in the Museum.

Not only are the unique items exquisite, but the design of the showroom by Staples & Charles also proved to be a true work of art. I could see and feel the amount of passion that was put into this project as Velasquez, the institution’s former Curator of Asian Art Sonya Rhie Quintanilla, and designers Robert Staples and Barbara Fahs Charles led us through the gallery.

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El Cid Pear TreesIn Balboa Park, job openings are popping up as quickly as the flowers on our ornamental pear trees. If your dream is to work within walking distance of the Lily Pond and the Organ Pavilion, check out the following job postings from the San Diego Museum of Man, San Diego Natural History Museum, and other park organizations.

Good luck!

Group Sales Associate at the San Diego Museum of Man

Graphic Designer/Production Assistant at the San Diego Museum of Man

Museum Security Officer at the San Diego Museum of Man

Artists (two openings) at The San Diego Museum of Art

Curator of East Asian Art at The San Diego Museum of Art

Visitor Services Associate Lead at the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT)

Visitor Services Associate at theNAT

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Peter ComiskeyThe Balboa Park Cultural Partnership (BPCP) has hired a new director, Peter Comiskey, to lead collaborative activities for 27 art, science, and cultural institutions in Balboa Park.

The Australia-born Comiskey has more than a decade of experience leading collaborative cultural projects in the U.S., mostly in Southern California. He has led the Downtown Anaheim Association; the operations for Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana; and the MUZEO Foundation in Anaheim. He holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California-Los Angeles.

Comiskey started in his role on Monday, February 4. He succeeds Paige Simpson, BPCP’s interim director who announced last year that she was going to move to the East Coast with her family.

His arrival comes at a landmark moment in Balboa Park’s history, with planning for the year-long EDGE2015 celebration underway.

For the next few months, Comiskey will commute from Orange County as his wife and four-year-old daughter prepare to move to San Diego. Amid a packed schedule of meetings, receptions, and house hunting, he took a few minutes to discuss his initial ideas and priorities for the Park.

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the Park is here to make that day special whether you decide to spend it with your significant other, family, friends or just want to enjoy some quality “me time.” During the week of Feb. 14, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and theNAT are staying up late to show movies that will warm the heart. But if you are more interested in warming your stomach, Albert’s Restaurant in the Zoo and The Prado are offering special courses.


For the Love of Butterflies

Feb. 12, 2013, 6-7:30 pm
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado
Regular gallery admission + 1 dome theater show prices apply: $15.75 adults/$12.75 juniors and seniors for nonmembers; $10.75 adults/$9.00 juniors and seniors for members

Discover a true love story through the migration of monarch butterflies and get lost in the beauty of the “Flight of the Butterflies” film shown on the IMAX screen.  It takes you on a journey through Fred Urquhart’s life as he falls in love with these colorful...Read The Rest

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