Connection: The Power of Story

Kristen Mihalko

We are a storytelling species. As early as 60,000 years ago, long before the written word—even before drawings on cave walls—we had stories. Back then, stories meant one thing. Survival. From myths, folklore, and tribal tales told around the campfire, we acquired the skills to find food and avoid danger. That’s also how we learned moral lessons and how to … Read More

Understanding Yelp Basics for Your Organization

Kristen Mihalko

Bring your laptop and biz.yelp.com sign-in for this in-depth chat. Trish Sanderson and Brad Bohensky will discuss basic knowledge of all the free business tools an organization can use on Yelp.com to enhance visitor engagement. They will go through the most FAQ’s biz owners may have of the website. They will also touch on Yelp Spring Break details and potential … Read More

2015 One Park – One Team Luau

Kristen MihalkoAnnual BBQ, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, One Park - One Team

The 2015 OPOT BBQ was a Hawaiian luau celebration and hosted 850 Park employees and volunteers! The event was catered by Homestyle Hawaiian with musical entertainment by Sugar Cane Band. We also had a tiki photo hut and games: networking bingo, cornhole hosted by Emerging Museum Professionals, and pineapple bowling. One Park – One Team awardees: Tony Cucuzella, San Diego … Read More

Marston House for Balboa Park Centennial Exhibits

Kristen MihalkoBalboa Park Cultural Partnership, Learning Institute, San Diego Exhibit Evaluators Group

Eight people attended the four exhibits led by SOHO docent, and curator of the Souvenirs and Keepsakes exhibit, Chris Pro. These were the first exhibits at the Marston House. The exhibits included: Balboa Park Exposition Designers 1915-1935: The Making of the Dream City, Souvenirs & Keepsakes: Memorabilia of the 1915 & 1935 Expositions, Art in the Park, and Exposition Memories: … Read More

2015 Johns Hopkins University Student Projects

Kristen MihalkoBalboa Park Cultural Partnership, Learning Institute

Trails Through Balboa Park presented by the Johns Hopkins University OnSite San Diego Seminar Students From January 5th through January 16th, Nan Renner led the Johns Hopkins University Museum Studies graduate students on an inspiring trip through Balboa Park. Along with her creative, design-thinking workshops, students had a chance to learn from Balboa Park experts and executive directors and explore … Read More

New at Balboa Park: the Online Learning Portal

Kristen MihalkoBalboa Park Cultural Partnership, Learning Institute, Online Learning Portal

September marks the official launch of the Balboa Park Online Learning Portal. In August we shared a sneak peek into our project, this month we are showing it off! The Learning Institute has been seeking new ways to help Balboa Park team members learn all the rich history and information our Park has to offer guests. Since completing the Customer … Read More

Coming soon: Balboa Park Online Learning

Kristen MihalkoBalboa Park Cultural Partnership, Learning Institute, Online Learning Portal

It has been a year since the Learning Institute completed its Guest Experience Initiative and began its official search for an online learning environment to enhance our offerings to Balboa Park staff. After many product demonstrations, we found our match and added an additional team member to begin production on content. Six months after being hired Balkys Robles has completed … Read More

2014 Inaugural One Park – One Team BBQ

Kristen MihalkoAnnual BBQ, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, One Park - One Team

Our inaugural BBQ served over 750 Balboa Park employees and volunteers. This event featured catered food from Phil’s BBQ, a photo booth van, steel drums, and activities that helped us better understand how long Park employees have been in the Park and where they were originally from. One Park – One Team awardees: Heart of the Park was awarded to … Read More