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Community feedback sought for LGBT arts center

SAN DIEGO, California -- Three local LGBT-affiliated organizations — San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF), San Diego Lambda Archives and Diversionary Theatre — are seeking the public’s feedback on their plan to create San Diego’s first LGBT Cultural and Performing Arts Center (CPAC).

The planned location is 4545 Park Blvd., the building that Diversionary Theatre and Lambda Archives currently call home.

“The venue needs capital upgrades,” said John Brown, executive director of SDHDF. Brown said they are looking to establish a planning task force made up of community members as well as staff and board leadership from the three organizations.

“[The task force would] determine the viability for financial support from the community to revitalize the venue for its key tenants and improve the building for the future,” Brown said. “It is also imperative to have dialogue and feedback from the public through these meetings so we can share our vision and also hear directly from our neighbors, patrons and supporters.”

The meetings are scheduled for May 27 at 11 am, June 2 at 7 pm and June 7 at 4 pm at the Diversionary Theatre. In addition to these three meetings, outreach is also being conducted one-on-one to other leaders and activists within the community and all the feedback will be combined by the planning task force who will present their recommendations on how to move forward with the project to the SDHDF board of directors in July.

SDHDF purchased the building earlier this year to help stabilize its tenants, Lambda Archives and Diversionary Theatre.

For more information visit sdhdr.org and click on the #4545ParkArts icon.

(Editor's note: This post was originally published on SDGLN media partner Gay San Diego.)