Murals by young artivist on United Nations Building.

One of four murals by young artist Caymin Ellspermann on the United Nations Building in Balboa Park.
One of four murals by young “artivist” Caymin Ellspermann on the United Nations Building in Balboa Park.

Four new murals were hung on the exterior of the United Nations Building in Balboa Park a couple days ago. I spotted them yesterday as I walked through the International Cottages.

The murals were all painted by Caymin Ellspermann, who is a talented sixteen-year-old Peace Paint Ambassador with the global UNA USA San Diego’s Art Miles Mural Project. Themes expressed in these artivist murals range from feeding the hungry to protecting wildlife.

Caymin is available for art commissions. To reach him, read the information on the sign containing his biography. (You can click the following photo to enlarge it.)

Caymin Ellspermann is a Peace Paint Ambassador with the global UNA USA San Diego's Art Miles Mural Project. He is an artivist interested in social and environmental issues.
Caymin Ellspermann is a Peace Paint Ambassador with the global UNA USA San Diego’s Art Miles Mural Project. He is an artivist interested in social and environmental issues.
A new mural near the front entrance of the United Nations Building among the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages.
A new mural near the front entrance of the United Nations Building among the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages.
A beautiful mural shows a Native American and wildlife.
A beautiful mural shows a Native American and wildlife.
A colorful mural shows people holding hands, with abundant life and food.
A fantastic, colorful mural shows people holding hands, with abundant life and food.
A mural speaks out against hunting protected wild animals in Africa.
A mural speaks out against hunting protected wild animals in Africa.

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Starlight Bowl’s restoration is looking good!

The Starlight Bowl in Balboa Park has been cleaned up and the rear wall brightly repainted. Almost ready for an audience!
The Starlight Bowl in Balboa Park has been cleaned up and the rear wall brightly repainted. Almost ready for an audience!

I walked around the Starlight Bowl today and was super excited to see the progress of its restoration. No weeds and a fresh coat of paint–and a clean, inviting appearance! After years of sorry neglect, what a positive change! Thanks to the folks at Save Starlight and many hardworking volunteers, this beloved outdoor venue in Balboa Park appears well on its way to creating more happy memories!

The weeds are gone and the seats look welcoming. It appears some work is being done on the Starlight Bowl stage. I want to see a performance!
The weeds are gone and the seats look welcoming. It appears some work is being done on the Starlight Bowl stage. I want to see an outdoor performance! Under the stars!

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Help save the historic Starlight Bowl in Balboa Park!

Banner above shuttered box office windows of Balboa Park's vacant, neglected Starlight Bowl asks volunteers to help clean up and save the Starlight!
Banner above shuttered box office windows of Balboa Park’s vacant, neglected Starlight Bowl asks volunteers to help clean up and save the Starlight!

A new effort is underway to save the historic Starlight Bowl! You might recall that I blogged a couple years ago (on my main blog Cool San Diego Sights) about how the beloved outdoor venue and cultural treasure tragically fell into disuse. I still remember watching musicals performed in this wonderful outdoor amphitheater when I was young!

Well, today, while walking through Balboa Park, I spotted something exciting! Here are the photos! A cleanup is scheduled for August 13 and supporters are being sought to help restore the Starlight Bowl to its former glory! Please click the image that contains loads of information–it will enlarge so that you can read it!

Here’s a link to the website SaveStarlight.org where you can learn much more and join the effort! ┬áMy calendar is marked for the cleanup day!

Spread the word!

Make a wish for Starlight! Better yet, lend a hand to help restore this Balboa Park and San Diego cultural treasure!
Make a wish for Starlight! Better yet, lend a hand to help restore this Balboa Park and San Diego cultural treasure!
Save Starlight is a community initiative to renovate, revive and revitalize San Diego's beloved Starlight Bowl. This historic open-air amphitheater is stuck in limbo...
Save Starlight is a community initiative to renovate, revive and revitalize San Diego’s beloved Starlight Bowl. This historic open-air amphitheater is stuck in limbo…
Photo over the surrounding wall shows weeds, garbage and disarray at the venerable old Starlight Bowl. Vagrants and youth sometimes jump the fence and run riot in the stage area.
Photo over the surrounding wall shows weeds, garbage and disarray at the venerable old Starlight Bowl. Vagrants and youth sometimes jump the fence and run riot in the now dark stage area.
The San Diego Civic Light Opera went bankrupt four years ago. The Starlight has been abandoned ever since. Many San Diegans have fond memories of watching outdoor theatrical productions here.
The San Diego Civic Light Opera went bankrupt four years ago. The Starlight has been abandoned ever since. Many San Diegans have fond memories of watching outdoor theatrical productions here.
Looking down at a San Diego landmark that is slowly decaying. If you'd like to help restore the Starlight, please spread the word!
Looking down at a San Diego landmark that is slowly decaying. If you’d like to help restore the Starlight, please, please, please spread the word!

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