Media Advisory

June 8, 2015

WHAT: “Gather! Building the Community of the Future” – The San Diego Foundation Center for Civic Engagement hosts the second conversation in the Future40 event series. Gather! will bring us together to discuss how we and the places we work, learn, and live can adapt to create a more equitable and vibrant San Diego. The future will require us to be creative, flexible, and open to create a community where neighborhoods are vitalized, inventive thinking and collaboration is nurtured, and opportunities to solve challenges are discussed and realized.
WHO: Experts in the fields of design, education and policy.

  • Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, Co-Directors, UCSD-Blum Cross-Border Initiative will discuss the findings of their bi-national culture survey and how it relates to civic engagement
  • Philip Auchettl, CEO, RAD Lab will touch on the role of architecture and design in urban renewal
  • Matt D’Arrigo, CEO/Founder, A.R.T.S. will focus on the success of Gathering Places (existing and proposed) to build community and quality of life for our region
WHERE: A.R.T.S. Center
200 E. 12th Street
National City, CA 91950
WHEN: Friday, June 19, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. RSVP at Tours of the A.R.T.S. Center are available.
WHY: For four decades, The San Diego Foundation has grown a more vibrant region by supporting ideas, as well as the individuals who conceive them and institutions that propel them. Future40 is a series of public events that continues this legacy by engaging leading thinkers to raise provocative questions, highlight new possibilities, and challenge our assumptions about the future of San Diego.

The Future40 series marks the 40th anniversary of The Foundation, and extends the conversation through 2015 to help us explore the possibilities for our region. Future40 engages a wide cross-section of San Diegans, including thought leaders, scholars, and champions of change, who will raise important questions, discuss changing constructs, and identify emerging opportunities — and through these exchanges, shape a more equitable future for all.

About The San Diego Foundation
Celebrating 40 years of philanthropic leadership (1975-2015), The San Diego Foundation’s purpose is to promote and increase effective and responsible charitable giving to grow a vibrant region. The Foundation manages more than $682 million in assets, more than half of which reside in permanent endowment funds that extend the impact of today’s gifts to future generations. Since its inception, The Foundation has granted more than $924 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. Join us as we look ahead to the next 40 years with the Future40 event series and Fund for the Future. For more information, visit The San Diego Foundation’s website, SDF News blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Alyssa Enwright, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600,
Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 619-235-2300,