Celebrating Innovation in Balboa Park
Balboa Park is a source of health and wellness, economic benefit, and cultural enrichment for the San Diego region and beyond. To honor this, Forever Balboa Park’s newly created sPARK Awards recognize people and organizations that amplify Balboa Park’s distinct role and increase its positive impact on wellbeing through creativity, collaboration, and imagination.
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
5:00 – 7:00 PM
The Ballroom and Courtyard at the House of Hospitality
1549 El Prado
Balboa Park, San Diego
Special Guest Speaker: Carlos de la Mora, WDC 2024
Carlos de la Mora, CEO for World Design Capital San Diego-Tijuana 2024 (WDC), is the special guest speaker for the sPARK Awards 2023. In conversation with Forever Balboa Park President and CEO, Dr. Elizabeth C. Babcock, Mr. de la Mora will explore the many facets of innovation through his insights into creative processes and ingenuity.
In 2018, Carlos became Executive Director for ULI Mexico and led the Land Development practice for CBRE, Consulting, Brokerage, and Real Estate Service, in Mexico for the next four years. A bicultural citizen with extensive experience in developing professional and personal relationships, Carlos works with artists, investors, designers, architects, and developers, connecting people, projects, and places across an array of social, cultural, professional, and economic circles in Mexico and the United States.
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The sPARK Awards inspire a sense of belonging, welcoming a wide range of nominees: individuals and organizations; nonprofit, public or private sector; and within or beyond the boundaries of Balboa Park. Award winners are selected after careful review of nominations by a volunteer Selection Committee with diverse knowledge, experience, and backgrounds, and a shared love for Balboa Park. A $5,000 cash prize will be provided to each awardee’s nonprofit of affiliation or choice from Park Catalyst sponsor San Diego Foundation, to fuel continued innovation and curiosity.
Nominations are closed. See the outstanding nominees below.
The Igniting Innovation Award recognizes innovation, imagination, and risk-taking related to Balboa Park. Individuals, organizations, partnerships, or collaboratives may receive this award for efforts that spark new ways of viewing or experiencing Balboa Park, leading to increased opportunities, possibilities, and potential.
The Crossing Boundaries Award recognizes interdisciplinary or cross-sector collaboration that demonstrates Balboa Park’s multifaceted impact. Individuals, organizations, partnerships, or collaboratives may receive this award for efforts that cross disciplinary, organizational, cultural, generational, or other boundaries to make connections among nature, art, science, performance, learning, history, civic engagement, or other areas of interest.
The Enhancing Ecosystems Award recognizes outstanding efforts to improve the environmental wellbeing and sustainability of Balboa Park, and thus, the natural world. Individuals, organizations, partnerships, or collaboratives may receive this award for efforts that enhance Balboa Park ecosystems, expand environmental stewardship within or through Balboa Park, or support the connection between Balboa Park’s natural spaces and community health.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Girl Scouts San Diego
The Incredible Race
Mingei International Museum
San Diego Architectural
Built Environment Education
Jack Carpenter, Rene Smith,
and Roger Showley
Japanese Friendship Garden
Mingei International Museum
San Diego Design Week
Balboa Park Design Review
Young Lions Jazz Conservatory
San Diego Museum of Art,
Greens Manager, San Diego Lawn
San Diego Natural History Museum
San Diego Urban Timber
Steven Pfong & Jose Sifuentes
Clean I Love San Diego
SVP Membership/Marketing & Chief Advocacy Officer
Mission Federal Credit Union
Director of Strategic Partnerships
San Diego State University
Director, Environmental Initiatives
San Diego Foundation
Estrada Land Planning
The Matthews Company
Deputy Chief of Staff
San Diego City Council, District 3