Outside The Box: A Group Art Exhibition

Please join us November 6, 2014 from 6 to 10 PM at the Union Co Work space in North Park for an art show and celebration of our Outside The Box artists. Union is a Neighborhood CoWork space and innovative business that offers communities a better space for people to build business. Come and enjoy food from some of North Park’s best restaurants and beer from local breweries. All ticket proceeds will go towards a new North Park public art piece scheduled for early 2015.

Outside The Box is a group art exhibition aimed at bringing contemporary art to the public spaces of North Park and beyond. In partnership with The VISUAL Public Art Project – a curatorial project founded by Jason Gould of the VISUAL Shop on University Avenue – the Outside The Box Exhibition will feature the work of local artists who have participated in the VISUAL project.

Our goal has been to work with artists, businesses, community organizations and property owners to transform ordinary objects and spaces into public art. Thanks to the generous assistance and support from North Park Main Street, VISUAL selectively chose more than 30 local contemporary artists to design and paint utility boxes along University Avenue and the 30th Street corridor.

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The VISUAL Public Art Project and the Outside The Box artists are excited to be a part of North Park’s beatification and we look forward to sharing the positive impact that public art inspires in the lives of those who live, work and visit our communities.

Dear Members of North Park Hospitality Association

Wang’s North Park would like to invite you to a community wide event we are hosting on October 6th to thank all of those involved in the situation surrounding the recent attacks in North Park. We know it was a concerted effort which brought together many agencies and operations and ultimately led to the arrest of an individual. It also instituted changes that have made the neighborhood a safer place to live and work. The merchants and residents of North Park should have the opportunity to thank those responsible for the quick mobilization of resources and the task forces that were created. We are hoping that there can be representatives from local business and the community to help thank all those involved.

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Wang’s North Park is providing the venue and refreshments for all those who attend that evening. If any other merchants, restaurants or bars would like to get involved we would welcome any and all participation. We are hoping to make this a community wide celebration that will receive media attention and help show San Diego that North Park is a safer neighborhood because of the combined efforts of business, volunteers, Police and government working together to make it happen.

The evening begins at 6:30 with Council President Todd Gloria making the introductions at 7:00 PM. Please let me know if you are able to attend and/or participate in the event.

Thank you very much. I look forward to a packed house and meeting with everyone on the 6th.

Sincerely,
Joel G Herzer — Owner
Wang’s North Park
(619) 291-7500

North Park Says ‘Thanks’!

From the article “In North Park it’s time to say, ‘Thanks'” from UT San Diego by Diane Bell:

As surprising as it seems, the brutal attacks on women in North Park had one positive result.

The neighborhood came together to protect one another, to enhance lighting and safety and to hunt down the offenders.

Now that suspect David Angelo Drake II, 23, is in custody thanks to a tipster who recognized a shirt emblem on a fuzzy surveillance video, community members are rallying around a new cause: saying “thanks.”

Restaurateur Joel Herzer is inviting police officers, members of the North Park Community Association, Lions Club, North Park Main Street, the local hospitality association and the community at large to a free buffet. City Council President Todd Gloria plans to address the gathering.

“It was a concerted effort that brought together many agencies… and ultimately led to the arrest of an individual,” said Herzer. Volunteers organized a Take Back the Night rally, self-defense workshops, street patrols and a survey of lighting needs and inoperative streetlights.

Restaurants, including Wang’s, which has 40 employees, encouraged workers to leave in pairs and offered single women escorts to their cars.

“It instituted changes that have made the neighborhood a safer place to live and work.” added the owner of Wang’s in the heart of North Park at 3029 University Ave.

Mark Arabo, head of the San Diego-based Neighborhood Market Association, who personally put up $9,000 of the $10,000 reward, said: “Nothing makes me happier than to write that check.” (San Diego police Lt. Kevin Mayer, spokesman for the department, said the tipster did not want the reward money, however.)

The search is still on for additional suspects, because at least one of the attacks, which occurred in North Park and nearby communities, is not attributed to Drake. Nevertheless, since his arrest, Herzer says weeknight business is picking up, and people seem more at ease.

Read the article on UT San Diego here: http://bit.ly/UT-SD-10-2-2014

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