Katherine Johnston
September 9, 2021

The San Diego Parks Foundation ended summer 2021 on a high note with 7 community performances featuring local theatre companies Fern Street Circus and Maraya Performing Arts. Throughout August Fern Street and Maraya Performing Arts performed in different community parks, bringing together families and neighbors to recreate safely outside.  

For more than 30 years, San Diego’s Fern Street Circus has been transforming neighborhoods through performance and teaching of circus arts. The 45-minute neighborhood tour show included professional performers as well as local youth, and delighted audiences with its artistic creativity, engaging music, and impressive acrobatics. 

Maraya Performing arts performed the World Premiere Dance Theatre Musical Performance 'Block by Block,' an original 45-minute show that incorporated community voices from each unique neighborhood that involved dance, music, theatre, and moments of audience participation. One of the best parts of these performances was the hip-hop dance class taught by the founder of Maraya Performing Arts, Anjanette Maraya-Rameny! Local kids had a blast learning to dance! 

These free, community events have been an important part of the Come Play Outside, –a program dedicated to providing youth and families free and low-cost recreational opportunities at 21 recreational centers across San Diego’s south and central neighborhoods. These events included nourishing meals provided by Paving Great Futures, a nonprofit dedicated to providing employment opportunities for youth shaved ice from Kona Ice, local resources such as Family Health Centers, San Ysidro Health, and County of San Diego vaccine and mental health outreach. The events have also included arts and crafts projects for children to develop and display their creativity. With neighborhood-specific performances and local vendors, the events have successfully brought together communities and activatedlocal community parks during these unprecedented times.