Community audio – Metawelle Sat, 19 Nov 2022 19:38:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Community audio – Metawelle 32 32 Pregame Blog: Steelers vs. Bengals Sat, 19 Nov 2022 15:01:33 +0000

Tribute to service: The Steelers will honor active duty members and veterans during the Steelers Salute to Service game. The Salute to Service Game, an annual NFL initiative, honors our nation’s military, veterans and their families.

The Terrible Towel Twirl will be helmed by Steelers legend and Vietnam veteran Rocky Bleier, as well as actor and Pittsburgh native Joe Manganiello, an avid Army supporter whose family has since served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution and Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels, Chief of the Army Reserve and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Reserve Command.

Terrible Towel’s deployment will be led by Lt. Gen. Donna W. Martin, the U.S. Army’s overall inspector general, and Brig. Gen. Jake S. Kwon, commander of the Reserve’s 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command. of the US Army. Additionally, members of the 28th Infantry Division Band and the U.S. Army Reserve 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command will participate.

The Color Guard will be a joint service representing the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Space Force.

The national anthem will be performed by the United States Army Herald Trumpets. After the anthem and before the draw, a team-inspired Salute to Service video will play, followed by a PA announcement urging active and veteran service members to stand

The 28th Infantry Division Orchestra will perform at AE Stadium before the game and throughout the pre-game on the stadium grounds.

On Friday, cornerback Levi Wallace, whose parents both served in the U.S. Air Force, presented local female and minority veterans with a banner and tickets to the game. Banners will be displayed on Art Rooney Avenue during the game.

There will be a pre-game presentation at the POW/MIA chair pre-game. Local leaders will join members of TAPS, a military organization that helps families of fallen service members. It is a national non-profit organization that provides support to those bereaved by the death of an active military member or veteran.

Active duty members will be the flag bearers to lead the team out of the tunnel representing the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Space Force. It will be led by the American flag and the POW/MIA flag.

The American Red Cross will staff a vacation card signing station for deployed service members, veterans and their families. Fans can visit the display in the Fed Ex Great Hall from when the doors open until the end of halftime. 5,000 cards will be on hand for Steelers fans to sign.

The neighborhood Ford store will host a fundraiser on Sunday to benefit Pittsburgh VA Homeless Veterans Programs and the DAV Transportation Program. The Neighborhood Ford store has been a long-time supporter of veterans programs, these two in particular, as they have been in the DAV program for 100 years now.

The half will feature an on-court competition featuring the five branches of the military in a punt, passing and kicking competition, playing for their designated charities. The challenge is to cover 100 yards with a combination of punting, passing and kicking. Each charity will receive $5,000.

Additionally, there will be military shouting throughout the game on the jumbotron from locally deployed service members and fans. Gameday employees who served in the military will be honored. “I Salute” signs will be distributed to fans. Service Tribute banners and stencils will be displayed throughout the stadium. A video celebrating the 240th anniversary of the creation of the Purple Heart will be shown before the game. The 50/50 write-up will benefit military charities.

Oldham Community Radio launches Christmas audio greetings Wed, 16 Nov 2022 05:00:00 +0000 A borough radio station is encouraging Christmas shoppers to “do something a little different this year” by sending loved ones a personalized audio greeting, saving money and the planet.

Oldham Community Radio, located within Tommyfield Indoor Market, has launched a new initiative to enable Oldham residents to send personalized messages over the air instead of Christmas cards.

Customers can choose to record their personalized message from home or from the comfort of the radio studio and will come with seasonal musical accompaniment and a “generous” thirty-word limit.

It will be broadcast on radio at least twice a day between December 1 and Boxing Day and will also be available online to reach your loved ones wherever they live in the world.

Costing £15, which includes production and broadcast, the station said the audio greeting is a “fraction of the cost” compared to Christmas cards and postage and is “much more personal to hear your voice”.

Businesses can also send customers and customers a message of appreciation for £35.

He added: “It’s guaranteed to bring a warm glow to the recipient rather than the usual well-worn images of robins, hollies or snowmen on a card that might get lost in the post.

“So do something a little different this Christmas that’s better for your wallet, great for the environment and a keepsake that will last long after the cards are gone.”

To order, go to and click on the Christmas Greetings link.

WA Media Awards | About the ABC Sat, 12 Nov 2022 23:36:59 +0000

Congratulations to all ABC finalists and WA Media Awards winners.

ABC reporters and crews were recognized for photography, news and audio reporting, science and environmental reporting, regional and community reporting, and cultural and arts reporting.

Erin Parke, who is based in Broome with the ABC’s national regional reporting team, picked up several awards on the evening.

Parke won the award for “Catching a Fugitive,” a gripping two-part series chronicling a criminal who had spent nearly a decade on the run.

She was also recognized for her story on the pandemic-fueled wave of illegal fishing boats and shared the Culture and Arts Reporting Award with Andrew Seabourne for Kimberley Girl.

Parke was also on the team with award-winning Sam Tomlin, Hannah Barry, Hinako Shiraishi and Eddie Williams for their coverage of youth crime in the Kimberleys.

Also among the award-winning works was ‘In the pits’ by Sean Tarek Goodwin, exposing the issues of mental health services in the Goldfields area.

Jessica Hayes won the Community/Regional Photography category for Lifetime Achievement.

The award for New Reporter or Cadet was won by Keane Bourke.

Complete list of ABC finalists and winners


Community/regional photography

  • Jessica Hayes, ABC, “Body of Work” WINNER


news report

  • Evelyn Manfield, ABC, “Cleo Smith Found Alive”

Video function

  • Anthony Pancia, ABC, “The Changing Face of WA’s Industry”

camera work

  • Anthony Pancia, ABC, “The Changing Face of WA’s Industry”


Audio News

  • Samantha Goerling, ABC, “Boom Town Housing Crisis”
  • Sean Tarek Goodwin, ABC, “In the Pits: Mental Health in Australia’s Biggest Mining Town” WINNER
  • Isabel Moussalli, ABC, “The Ukrainian Refugee Crisis”


Audio Feature – Single Story Based

  • Erin Parke, ABC, “How to Catch a Fugitive” WINNER
  • Kirsti Melville, ABC, “Martuwarra Fitzroy River”


Multimedia news

  • James Carmody, ABC News, “The Cleo Smith Kidnapping”

Multimedia function

  • Claire Moodie, ABC, “The Truth of New Norcia”


Scientific and environmental report

  • Erin Parke, ABC, “The Pandemic Surge in Illegal Fishing Abroad” WINNER

Sports reporting – The Gilmour-Christian Prize

  • Dinushi Dias and Zoe Keenan, ABC, “Racism and Sexism in National Football”

Social Equity Report

  • Erin Parke, ABC, “COVID in the Kimberley”

Regional and Community – Three stories/reports outside a 70km radius of Perth

  • Erin Parke, ABC, “How to Catch a Fugitive”
  • Sam Tomlin, Hannah Barry, Erin Parke, Hinako Shiraishi and Eddie Williams, ABC, “Kimberley Juvenile Crime Coverage” WINNER

New Journalist or Cadet – The Eaves-Prior-Day Award

  • Keane Bourke, ABC, “Body of Work” WINNER

Culture and Arts Report – The AH Kornweibel Arts Prize

  • Erin Parke and Andrew Seabourne, ABC, “Kimberley Girl” WINNER

Media contact: Sally Jackson | ABC Communications |

After Pittsfield residents voice support for library, city council seeks budget boost Thu, 03 Nov 2022 20:46:14 +0000

The Pittsfield Public Library at 110 Library St., pictured Thursday. Rich Abrahamson / Morning Watch

PITTSFIELD — Resident opposition to a City Council proposal to cut staff and hours at the Pittsfield Public Library has led councilors to backtrack and consider increasing the library’s budget.

Pittsfield differs from most communities in that its fiscal year follows the calendar year, so the council now reviews spending for every city department, most recently starting with the library.

When library manager Holly Williams first presented her budget to councillors, there were increases that she said more accurately reflected the cost of electricity, heating and other expenses, as well as a cost-of-living salary increase for staff members.

The proposed budget for the library was approximately $217,000, up more than 7.4% from $202,000.

Library patrons Jessa Dziekan, 4, and her mother, Lylee, walk through the rotunda of the Pittsfield Public Library at 110 Library St. on Thursday after checking out books. Jessa consulted picture books and others on Thanksgiving. A mural by Maine comedian Tim Sample spans the ceiling of the rotunda. Rich Abrahamson / Morning Watch

She noted that city appropriations for the purchase of new books, audiobooks and other collectible materials had not increased since 2002.

Councilors questioned the need for the library to be open 43 hours a week, asked if it could operate as a not-for-profit instead and wondered if there could be savings from the closure the Saturday.

“It has nothing to do with you or how you run (the library),” Councilman Jason Hall said at a recent budget hearing. “I think that’s probably the lowest budget you can get with the way we operate now. But maybe we need to change the way we operate.

About 40 residents attended a council meeting on Tuesday and spoke in favor of the library. Several have said that the library at 110 Library St. was one of the reasons they moved to Pittsfield, and that the facility is one of the main reasons the city is attracting new residents.

The library was built in the early 1900s, with a $15,000 grant from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation, a $5,000 donation from the Estate of Robert Dobson, and $10,000 raised by residents. The building was extended in 2010.

The building, which features a unique central dome, was listed in 1983 on the National Register of Historic Places. The interior of the dome has a mural by Maine comedian Tim Sample titled “Reading, the Gateway to Imagination”.

In addition to its collection of books, audio, and video, the library offers a community meeting room, public computers, free Wi-Fi, and a variety of resident programs. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Residents said the free Wi-Fi is a valuable resource for those with unreliable internet. Many residents also said that Saturday hours are important to them because they work during the week and appreciate the opportunity to go to the library on Saturday with their family.

“I work full time here in Pittsfield and the (working) hours are the same as the library is open, so going on Saturdays – me and my son – makes all the difference,” said one resident.

Lending librarian Donna Lambert works Thursdays at the Pittsfield Public Library at 110 Library St. Rich Abrahamson / Morning Watch

Several advisers said on Tuesday that the discussion was not intended to criticize the library. Instead, advisors seek to bring a level of control to all departments. Councilwoman Lindsay Holmstrom later said she would like to see a proposal to extend library hours and increase funding.

“We’ve heard from many people that there may be opportunities to better align the hours” with those of working residents, Holmstrom said.

Councilors still have several weeks of budget reviews for city services, before a public hearing in December and final approval of the budget.

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Postcard: Childcare Awareness Fair launches search for solutions to childcare shortage in Sitka Thu, 27 Oct 2022 00:45:12 +0000
The goal of the Sitka Health Summit is to turn priorities into action. Saturday’s Child Care Awareness Fair was a first step in developing a solution to Sitka’s critical child care shortage. (Sitka/Osborne Health Summit)

Like many other communities in the state, Sitka suffers from a shortage of child care services, on the brink of crisis. In September, the Sitka Health Summit Coalition identified child care as one of its two goals for the year, hoping to find a quick path to a solution. Last Saturday (10-22-22), the coalition hosted a Child Care Awareness Fair to bring resources, parents, providers and children together in one room and get the process started.

Coalition member Kari Sagel was present and sent this audio postcard.

Hello, my name is Joel Warner and I am a minister of the Church of Christ of Sitka. My wife and I are also starting a home daycare here in Sitka. It’s a process. I just wanted everyone to know that it’s hard, but I think the ultimate goal outweighs the hardship right now. Because our children are the future.

My name is Andrea Colvin, and we came today, because we have a 1.5 year old daughter, and it took a whole year on a waiting list to get child care. So this is something quite important for our community.

Sagel – So you are located now? Do you have childcare? What does this mean for your family?

Colvin – That means we pay a good chunk of change at one of the daycares in town. But we were extremely happy with the care we received. But yes, it took time.

Sagel – Rebecca Calvin, thank you for coming to the Child Care Awareness Fair, where you have a table.

Calvin – Thanks for having me. I am the main teacher at Wooch.ein (preschool) and I am here just to defend teaching positions and to be present here at the top.

Sagel – So did you have any difficulties this year filling the positions we choose?

Calvin – We have had some difficulty this year, we have our teacher assistant represented as our cook this year, and very few staffing requests have been received. So we have very little prospect of being able to reopen, which is really sad.

Sagel – What does this mean for Wooch.ein?

Calvin – This means that we have one classroom instead of two, that we cannot fully accept all the children we could accommodate in a classroom because we do not have adequate supervision.

Sagel – And in your opinion, what would lead people to apply for a position?

Calvin – Maybe a stipend to lure them in, maybe a discount on child care?

Sagel – Child care expenses are quite significant.

Calvin – They are.

My name is Erica Apathy and I am the director of the Betty Eliason Childcare Center. We see kids who, especially right now with the pandemic, haven’t been around a lot of other kids. So I really saw the value of kids, interacting with their peers, their age, playing with them, sitting down with them for lunch, having a snack, and having these social opportunities to interact with kids their age.

Sagel – Hi, I’m here with Jessica Christenson. Have you had any thoughts about childcare?

Christianson – I just think it’s really critical for us to remember that it’s not just a concern of a certain segment of the population, it’s only your concern if you have a child from birth to five years old, or it’s only your concern if your child is in elementary school, and you’re trying to find them activities or places to go after school. That it is truly a community-wide investment and interest. And that it’s in all of our interests, and that our solutions will come when we can all come together and think about how to find a new solution or how to redesign something that already exists to make it better and better.

Hello, Blue Schibler from the Southeast Alaska Early Childhood Education Association. I’m in Sitka today, enjoying the beautiful weather and helping to educate policy makers on the need for public investment in the child care sector. Similar advocacy efforts in Juneau resulted in the addition of $800,000 a year to the city budget for a program that directly subsidizes operating expenses for child care programs.

Sagel – I know some people have said child care is a broken economy. What does it mean?

Schibler – Well, that means child care as a business is out of market. Child care businesses cannot derive their sole source of revenue from parents in order to compete in a tight labor market or to compete in this economy at large. So it’s broken that way and it doesn’t fit the model of a traditional business in a free market economy.

Introducing new features to Facebook groups Thu, 20 Oct 2022 16:20:35 +0000

Building community is central to Facebook’s mission to bring the world together, and while community has made its way into every corner of the app, groups continue to be the central place people go to do more. together.

In fact, most people on Facebook are members of at least 15 active groups, and there are over 100 million groups joined every day.

Today we’re hosting the Facebook Communities Summit for the sixth year, announcing a number of changes to help people engage more deeply with the things that matter to them, strengthen community culture, and make it easier to manage their groups. by the administrators.

New ways to engage more deeply with your communities

As people come to Facebook to discover content and communities, we’re adding more ways to connect on common interests.

  • Reels in groups allow you to express your voice in your communities through creative and immersive videos. With Reels now in Groups, community members can share information, tell stories, and connect on a deeper level. Imagine people in a makeup-obsessed group sharing their latest beauty techniques and discoveries with other members. Admins and group members can also add creative elements like audio, text overlay, and filters on top of their videos before sharing to bring their stories to life.
  • The ability to share a public Facebook event for your community on your Instagram story. Whether you’re a group admin hosting a get-together to celebrate a community milestone or a group member sharing your passion with friends, this feature can help you showcase your community more broadly.
  • We test updates to your group profile to facilitate building community relationships and connecting with other members. With these new updates, you can:
    • Personalize the information in your About Me section to highlight the information you want to share with your community. This can help admins and members get to know each other better and create content that best reflects the interests of the group.
    • Add a flag to your profile if you are open to messaging. It can help other like-minded members know that you are ready to connect over common interests.

Earlier this year, we announced that admins can start creating chains as a way to connect with their groups in smaller, more casual settings. For instance, Community chats, which lets people connect in real time around the topics that matter to them via text, audio and video, is now available in more than 140 countries worldwide. Black Girls Culinary, a Facebook group where people share their latest recipes, uses community chats to create chat channels for a topic like Meatless Mondays and audio channels to discuss cooking tips in real time. They can also seamlessly add a event chat to group events, allowing people to discuss events before, during and after they take place. We are also testing the ability for group admins and moderators to create read-only chats to send one-way communications to all of their members without having to actively maintain or respond to messages in chat, so they can stay up to date on important group information. Administrators and moderators can also use a admin-only chat for instant collaboration.

Images showing updates to the About Me section on a group profile.

Images showing the user interface for community chats.

Experiences organized by the administration to develop the culture

Administrators have new tools to help them effectively manage and advance their group culture in an engaging, helpful and accountable way:

  • Community contributions: We’re testing a new way for admins to highlight top contributing members, who can Earn points by taking an active role with a set of responsibilities in the community or receiving feedback and comments on posts. For instance, gaming communities can identify helpful tips that other members share about new features, games, and characters. By accumulating points, top contributing members will earn badges to display on their group profiles, making it easier for admins to select members for roles.
    • Socialist: We’re testing a new role for admins to recognize active members who help others feel welcomed, connected, and motivated to contribute to a community. For example, the socializers of Music festival communities can be recognized for sharing their festival experiences and motivating others to do the same by sharing photos and videos.
  • Assistant administrator: We are sharing new updates on this feature, which helps admins effectively moderate their groups by automatically taking action based on specific criteria they define:
    • New treatments for false information: To help ensure that content is more trustworthy for the wider community, group admins can automatically move posts containing information deemed false by third-party fact checkers (whether posts are identified as containing false information before or after being posted to their group) to pending messages so admins can review them before deleting them. Learn more about our third-party fact-checking program here.
    • Daily Summary: Group admins can easily see how Admin Assist helps them manage their community with a new daily summary of actions taken in a community based on criteria set by admins.
  • Reported by Facebook: As we shared in our recent Report on the application of Community standardsWe’re testing an extension in Flagged by Facebook that gives certain administrators of eligible groups the ability to use additional context and allow certain content that might otherwise be flagged for removal as bullying and harassment. We use various criteria to define a group’s eligibility for this feature, including that the group admin must not have been the admin of a group that we previously removed. Using this test, an admin of a group of aquarium enthusiasts could allow a flagged comment that called a fish “fat,” which was not intended to be offensive. We always require groups to follow our policies and will remove non-compliant content that is reported to us.

The user interface for community contributions on Facebook.

Image of a Facebook Top Contributor badge.

The Admin Assist user interface within a Facebook group.

The Flagged By Facebook user interface.

The Flagged By Facebook UI for a group admin.

Community Acceleration Program

The 2022 Community Acceleration Program provides community leaders with four months of training, mentorship and funding to help them deepen the impact of their community through meta technologies. Today we announce selected participants this year of the whole world.

New Features Coming to the NASCAR Discord Channel Tue, 18 Oct 2022 14:16:00 +0000


New features and controls have arrived on the NASCAR Discord channel as NASCAR and Discord have teamed up to bring a more exclusive racing experience to the community.

Real-time race highlights will be linked to in-race alerts provided by the new NASCAR-verified bot with clips including stage finishes, lead changes and best passes throughout the race. A post-race highlights video will also be available to recap the day’s events.

“When we launched our Discord channel last year, we wanted to create a unique community that could natively engage with sports,” said Nick Rend, general manager of games and esports. “Through our partnership with Discord and our channel mods, we are able to offer more behind-the-scenes access and customization options for users as they create their own individual experience and interactions with each other. others.”

In addition to race highlights, five NASCAR Cup Series driver radio streams will air during each event, with users voting for the five drivers they’d like to hear 24 hours before the green flag drops.

In 2021, NASCAR became the first sports league to launch an official server with the voice, video and text communication service Discord, bringing new features to the platform, including free access to live audio streams in the car of 2021 NASCAR Cup Series championship contenders.

The NASCAR Cup Series playoffs continue with Round 8 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Dixie Vodka 400 will take place at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 23 (NBC, NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Efforts continue to save aging oceanfront facilities in Oceanside Sun, 16 Oct 2022 12:00:47 +0000

It’s time for Oceanside to replace its beloved beachfront bandshell and amphitheater, according to an architectural consultancy hired by the city.

Home to some of the community’s most beloved cultural, sporting and theatrical events, the seaside scene has hosted Oceanside High School’s graduation ceremonies since the 1960s.

But the years and harsh marine environment have taken their toll on many of the town’s favorite seaside facilities, including the Junior Seau Beach Community Center, Pier Amphitheater, Pier Plaza and Bandstand.

“The important message … is to build a reinforced structure that will withstand storms and still host community events,” said architect Steve Johnson, of Johnson Favaro’s Culver City firm, during a presentation last week at the City Parks and Recreation Commission. .

Oceanside City Council authorized the feasibility study on May 20, 2020 and on January 20, 2021 approved a $294,910 contract with Johnson Favaro.

The company is examining what needs to be done to preserve and protect the structures as well as the open plaza at the base of the municipal pier. Johnson’s recommendations are expected to be presented at the Oct. 26 meeting of Oceanside City Council.

Johnson assured the Parks and Recreation Commission last week that no major changes were planned for the community center, which was built in the 1950s. Rumors that the building could be removed or replaced have caused outrage many residents when the study began a year ago.

“We heard early and often about the high regard people have for the community center,” Johnson said.

His proposal is to “keep the building as it is, with a refresh”, he said. Only minor cosmetic and service system improvements would be made, and no structural upgrades that would trigger requirements to comply with current building codes.

“We always end up with an undersized gymnasium,” he said, with no increase in the number or size of courts or classrooms.

Any new structure along The Strand is limited to a maximum height of approximately 30 feet by Proposal A, meaning the community center will never be able to have a full-size basketball court. Approved by Oceanside voters in 1986, the measure states that nothing can be built at beach level higher than nearby Pacific Street, which runs parallel to the top of the adjacent slope.

The Strand is a narrow street that runs under the pier and provides access to beachfront facilities. Waves break the causeway during high tides, sometimes leaving cobblestones and eroding the asphalt.

Sea water sometimes reaches the base of the community center. With rising sea levels, this is expected to happen more frequently in the future.

“The building remains at sea level,” Johnson said. “It will be subject to future storm damage.”

Even cosmetic changes to the community center will be expensive, Johnson said, although no estimates are available.

Some people have said that instead of spending money on the beach community center, the city should build a new community center somewhere else with a regulation-sized gymnasium.

“We know we’re short gyms,” said Arleen Hammerschmidt, a retired Oceanside High School teacher and basketball coach. “Everything that happens to the Junior Seau Community Center should happen after a (new) gymnasium is built.”

Others wonder about the logic of restoring facilities threatened by rising sea levels.

“I have a hard time throwing good money after bad,” Parks and Recreation Commissioner Cheryl Schiafone said. “If the building is already flooded…it means the building could collapse. Why would we spend money on it…especially if we’re still three or four years away from anything?

If the city council approves the plan, the design and environmental processes could take about two years, and then construction could take 18 months to two years, Johnson said. So far, no funding has been allocated for construction, only for ongoing feasibility studies.

“You’re talking about four years if the stars align,” Johnson said. “It is a complex and old building that must be managed with care.”

The bandshell and amphitheater need to be completely rebuilt in essentially the same location and slightly larger to meet current building code, Johnson said.

The amphitheater, built in the 1930s, can seat 2,500 people, including 1,500 on the tiered concrete benches and 1,000 at the piazza level. The consultant’s proposal is to rebuild with the existing capacity and add 24 additional spaces for wheelchair users.

The rebuilt amphitheater would have a return ramp from the Pacific Street sidewalk to the middle levels, and an elevator from the middle levels to The Strand level. Installing an elevator only halfway up would avoid building structures taller than Pacific Street, as prohibited by Prop. HAS.

Wider aisles and additional restrooms would also be built to comply with ADA requirements, he said.

The bandshell, built in 1937, is the third on the waterfront since 1919.

The new bandshell would be capped at 29 feet to comply with Proposal A, Johnson said. Ideally for viewing, it would be 36 feet tall, which is not allowed, although the current height is just over 23 feet.

A green room, changing room, restrooms and lighting and audio panels will be included, he said. Permanent rigging would be installed to support the lighting and sound equipment, and the sides would be enclosed to protect the stage from wind and rain.

Little would be done to the concrete plaza that connects all the structures, Johnson said, though a large planter in front of the community center would likely be removed.

“It’s a useful community open space to enjoy the waterfront,” he said.

Commissioner Thomas Frankum commended the architect and city staff for their efforts so far.

“When I watched this I thought, ‘Now we’re getting somewhere,'” Frankum said. “You have done a lot of commendable work.”

Johnson also outlined “a long-term projection” for Betty’s Lot, although no changes are recommended at this time. The 111-space paved parking lot can be accessed from The Strand, just south of the town’s recently restored Amphitheater and Beach Operations Center.

A second level could be added, “a new park that’s basically raised 12 feet above the ground with courts — basketball, pickleball, or whatever you want,” Johnson said. No view of Pacific Avenue would be obstructed, and demarcation of the existing lot could increase the spaces up to 128.

“The concept is forward thinking and a way to anticipate sea level rise,” Johnson said.

However, in community meetings to discuss beach facility needs, some people have strongly opposed any changes to Betty’s Lot, he said.

Others preferred to use the idea of ​​adding more parking instead of recreational facilities.

San Diego’s thriving arts community Thu, 13 Oct 2022 21:45:48 +0000
Centro Cultural de la Raza, exterior (photo by Hyperallergic/Jordan Karney Chaim)

San Diego County is vast and diverse, stretching from the Orange and Riverside county line in the north, to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in the east, to the Pacific Ocean in the west and on a border of sixty miles with Mexico. south, creating the largest cross-border metropolitan area in the south of the country. As a site of cultural production, the San Diego region is uniquely enriched by its location, cultural milieu and the diversity of its people.

Recently, several of San Diego’s high-profile cultural developments have captured national attention, including the multimillion-dollar renovation of the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, which reopened last April, and the striking of the ICA San Diego in September 2021. This winter, the newly renovated Mandeville Art Gallery at the University of California San Diego is set to reopen after a years-long closure. As these institutions attract new audiences, this is an opportunity to shine a light on other driving forces that define the region’s artistic ecosystem.

With relatively few commercial galleries, San Diego’s contemporary art scene is rooted in its community-centric art spaces. These non-profit exhibition spaces (along with many long-standing university and college galleries) provide a cohesive support structure for local artists through exhibition opportunities, professional development, residencies and fellowships. jobs.

Doug McMinimy, Dis/Re-memberimmersive photography/audio installation, Art Produce, January 2022 (photo by Lynn Susholtz)

For example, the massive Bread & Salt, a former commercial bakery turned arts complex, includes a residency program and publishing house, and education-focused initiative The AjA Project empowers young people through storytelling. and documentary art forms. These spaces, and by extension the local art scene, are distinguished by their emphasis on interconnection and exchange beyond the realm of art. Each shares a commitment to integrating art as an expressive outlet into surrounding communities, as a reflection and celebration of culture, and as a catalyst for collaboration.

The Centro Cultural de la Raza is one of the oldest Chicano cultural institutions in San Diego. Born out of the Chicano civil rights movement in 1971, the Centro remains one of the region’s most important organizations of its kind, pursuing its mission to create, promote and preserve Chicano, Indigenous and Latino arts and culture from its location. in historic Balboa. To park. Founded by a group of artists who called themselves Los Toltecas in Aztlanthe Centro became home to San Diego’s first permanent Chicano murals (by artist Guillermo “Yermo” Aranda), and served as a hub of artistic activism, spawning collectives like the Border Art Workshop /Taller de Arte Fronterizo (BAW/TAF) in the early 1980s.

In an interview with Hyperallergic, Dr. Roberto D. Hernández, Associate Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at San Diego State University, emphasized that the art produced, exhibited, and supported by Centro maintains a spirit of resistance and self-determination. “It was about art rooted in a particular political reality of living on the border, living in a context of racism, sexism, all these different manifestations of power,” he explained. “If we think about the mere presence of Mexican indigenous communities in a context of erasure, our very visibility is already political, whether we like it or not.”

Art Produce Garden, Make it Yourself Community Art Class, Binding with Sage Serrano, July 2022 (photo by Lynn Susholtz)

The Centro continues to support an impressive range of events, from exhibitions and performances to educational workshops, dance classes for children, several monthly markets and a community garden. It has been run entirely by volunteers for four years, a testament to its value to the community. “Are we a gallery space? Are we a cultural center? Are we a community center? Well, we’re all above,” Hernández says. “We pride ourselves on not fitting into any of these spaces or categories. That’s what gave us the flexibility to do what we do.

Art Produce, another multi-faceted, multi-purpose art and culture center, is an extension of the public and community practice of artist and educator Lynn Susholtz. Susholtz purchased and rehabilitated the closed North Park Produce Market in 1999 and it now serves as a cultural center, where community members can gather and “imagine what life in a culturally rich environment might be like,” Susholtz explained. The building houses gallery and studio space, community rooms, an art lab, its own offices, a retail tenant, and a sustainable garden. Anyone can apply for Art Produce’s artist residencies, propose an exhibition, or attend its free art-making events and workshops for all ages. Resident artists and exhibitors are strongly encouraged to propose or develop projects that engage the local community.

When Susholtz moved to North Park 30 years ago, she got involved in neighborhood politics and encouraged other artists to do the same. Art Produce has continued to meet the needs of artists and community members as the neighborhood changes, always emphasizing audience engagement. Its gallery is fully visible from the sidewalk, making exhibits accessible without even entering the space. “I try to present other opportunities for the neighborhood to engage in art and feel like it’s part of their everyday life,” Susholtz said. “Artists [have been] challenged to experience their work and really learn what community engagement can be and what it means to their practice and teaching.

The Front Arte Cultura building, 2019 (photo by Caitlyn Guarano, courtesy Front)

In 2007, Casa Familiar, an advocacy and social service agency serving South San Diego for nearly 50 years, launched The Front, an innovative gallery operation that enriches the lives of local residents through the arts and Culture. Located less than a mile and a half from the San Ysidro port of entry, The Front’s programming reflects an evolving cross-border arts community, contrasting media coverage that often narrows border discussions to immigration and crime . “There are many other themes and subjects that [artists] we’re talking about,” said gallery director and artist Francisco Morales. “They’re about love, about family, and I think those stories get less attention. I think it’s something that’s slowly changing. I see younger generations of artists, they’re interested, they’re activists , but they also live their youth, and they experience this border as a rich experience.

The recent exhibition of the Front New Indigenous Stories paired 17 young artists from Tijuana and South San Diego with five local mentor artists to create exhibition-specific works reflecting personal and collective experiences of life here and now. The association of emerging and established artists with an educational initiative and the assertion of culture is at the heart of what the Front brings to the region.

New Indigenous Storiesinstallation view, The Front, 2022 (courtesy The Front)

This year the Hill Street Country Club (HSCC) celebrates its tenth anniversary. Founded in 2012 by Margaret Hernandez and Dinah Poellnitz, who met while working at the Oceanside Art Museum, HSCC reflects and celebrates the cultural and socio-economic diversity of the San Diego-Tijuana region. “We’re a place of liberation, where our artists can say how they feel when they feel it, and not be punished or shamed or say it’s not selling,” Poellnitz said. Poellnitz and Hernandez became deeply involved in local politics, attending city government meetings to assess and increase support for local arts infrastructure. Their experiences reinforced what they already knew: traditional institutions and exhibition opportunities are often inaccessible to working-class and BIPOC artists. “There are so many artists who don’t exhibit or practice art in our community because they just don’t have a place to let them know they’re artists,” m’ said Poellnitz. “We had to get organized”

HSCC maintains a calendar of experimental exhibitions, collaborative pop-up events and community programs. Current initiatives include The Social, which includes monthly group therapy meetings and a related art therapy summer camp program for college students, and Soft U, a digitally streamed live music series. Through HSCC, Poellnitz and Hernandez have created a model of community art that is nimble, rhizomatic, and deeply personal. “Everything Marge and I did was personal experience,” Poellnitz said. “And then when we started telling that story out loud, or organizing behind it, we learned that there was a community that had had a similar experience. The purpose of art in our space is to plant seeds of memories and conversations, so people can find out who their community is.

San Diego County unfolds somewhat like a patchwork; its disparate swaths of culture and socio-economic status are crowded against each other, criss-crossed by valleys, canyons, hills and highways. The fabrics of neighborhoods change rapidly, even drastically from place to place, which can either enhance the experience of diversity or render it surprisingly invisible. Most conversations about the San Diego art scene reiterate that it’s supportive, but also disjointed.

Attendees at the Johnny Nguyen Open Reception for And if I can show you, you’ll never leave her at the Hill Street Country Club, 2019, with co-founders Dinah Poellnitz (right) and Margaret Hernandez (left) with artist Johnny Nguyen (middle) (photo by James Guerrero, courtesy Hill Street Country Club)

“[Art]work and who does work has literally spread from Oceanside to San Ysidro. There’s all these different pockets of people doing art all over the county, but they don’t always call it that,” said arts and culture strategist Angie Chandler. Chandler’s Culture Mapping San Diego initiative, launched in 2021, fixes the invisibility of the region’s BIPOC arts leaders and cultural producers. Using a data-driven approach, Culture Mapping sheds light on the critical contributions and needs of these artists and organizations, while connecting them to local resources and opportunities for growth. This work is critical to the future of community art spaces in San Diego and to the larger project of creating a more cohesive and interconnected regional art landscape.

Despite its fragmentation, within the county’s community art spaces, individual and collective identities merge – specific to the particularities of each neighborhood, its history and its people. A common feeling among local artists is that spaces like the Centro Cultural de la Raza, the Front, Art Produce, and Hill Street Country Club allow them to truly see themselves, giving them and their neighbors a place to belong.

World Mental Health Day October 10: PGI to mentor eight states for T-MANAS initiative Sun, 09 Oct 2022 19:07:01 +0000 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the mental and emotional health of people of all ages and from all walks of life. To address this pressing need of the hour, the Center announced T-MANAS (Tele-Mental Health Assistance and Nationally Actionable Plan through States) to provide mental health support and interventions to people in remote and neglected areas.

The goal of the initiative, which will be launched Monday on World Mental Health Day (October 10), is to set up at least one center in every state and UT, a 24×7 facility, to reach people and provide immediate support. for their psychological well-being.

“For this initiative, PGIMER, Chandigarh will be the mentoring center for at least eight states including Punjab, Haryana and Leh-Ladakh (UT), and the team at each center will include psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors, audio-visuals and IT operators working in three shifts to ensure seamless and timely delivery of help and care to relieve callers’ psychological distress, around the clock,” says Dr. Aseem Mehra, Assistant Professor , Department of Psychiatry, PGI.

The Institute was recently approved as a collaborating center of the World Psychiatric Association, which comprises 147 psychiatric societies in 121 countries, and PGI became the second center in India, the other being NIMHANS, Bengaluru.

“There will be a specified number of posts for each center and the budget for each center is approximately Rs 2 crore to purchase desktop computers, internet connection, telephone lines for connectivity and technical staff and if necessary, we can ask for more budget” adds

Dr Mahra. T-MANAS, believes Dr. Mehra, will be an important step for mental health crisis intervention, anti-stigma and awareness raising.

“Ninety percent of people don’t come into the treatment network and there’s a huge gap between those who need treatment and those who get it, and telemedicine can play an important role to reach people and be the first line of contact. The first step is to identify the patient and their problems. PGI will provide support in logistics and patient care and will intervene for referral and treatment at the Institute, especially in complicated cases. Community involvement is vital, especially in rural and remote areas.

areas where mental health awareness is lacking.

“Also, many know they have a mental health problem, but don’t know how to ask for help, and

T-MANAS has the potential to connect many dots. We hope to identify patients by forming the community as village sarpanches, which can motivate people to seek help…the vision is to link existing mental health services with medical schools, district mental health programs and health and wellness centers.

“There could be issues with connectivity, language and cultural barriers, but these can be overcome with time and experience. Therapy and care are important for treatment and improving quality of life and we just want to reach out to everyday people and let them know that help is just a phone call away,” says Dr Mehra.