Balboa Park Cultural Partnership Grows with Addition of Friends of Balboa Park and Comic-Con Center

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Two very different organizations find similar benefits with their new membership.

The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership board of trustees voted and unanimously accepted the upcoming Comic-Con Center into membership at their board meeting on Wednesday, January 24th. The Comic-Con effort in Balboa Park, expected to open in 2019 or 2020, will be a permanent public experience – the first for the world-renowned brand.

“The value to becoming a member of the Cultural Partnership was obvious,” said Adam Smith, Comic-Con Center’s new Executive Director who is leading the creation of the comics and popular culture experience. He added, “The ability to tap into the vast knowledge and collaboration of the Partnership members will greatly help us with our efforts for building a world-class experience in Balboa Park.”

Friends of Balboa Park recently became members of the Cultural Partnership as well. In contrast to the all-new Comic-Con Center experience, Friends of Balboa Park was founded in 1999 and has been initiating park-wide projects for improvement and maintenance for nearly 20 years; last year, Friends took on a new role with ownership and operation of the historic Balboa Park Carousel.

Friends of Balboa Park Executive Director John Bolthouse said, “We are new to operating an attraction, so joining the Cultural Partnership was important for us. We are able to benefit greatly from shared resources and knowledge of our peers.”

Peter Comiskey is the Executive Director for the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership. He expressed excitement for the new additions. “Our group is absolutely thrilled to welcome both Friends of Balboa Park and the Comic-Con Center (to the Cultural Partnership). They are vastly different on the surface, yet at the core are both mission-driven and have similar needs and goals that the Partnership will help to fulfill.”

About Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
Balboa Park Cultural Partnership is a nonprofit organization through which 31 arts, science and cultural institutions in Balboa Park collaborate to achieve shared goals. By helping these groups achieve greater organizational efficiency, innovation and excellence, it seeks to contribute to the vitality and sustainability of Balboa Park. For more information, visit http://www.bpcp.org.

About Balboa Park
Balboa Park is the nation’s largest urban cultural park, located near downtown San Diego. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest urban parks in the United States, and is considered a model for public/private partnerships at a large scale. Balboa Park is the most visited single destination in San Diego, and its 1,200 acres include 16 museums and attraction, the San Diego Zoo, a variety of gardens, miles of hiking trails and multiple athletic complexes. For more information, visit http://www.balboapark.org.

For follow-up, contact Peter Comiskey, Executive Director
Phone: 619-232-7502x1201
Email: peter.comiskey(at)bpcp(dot)org

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