We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Garces and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lauren, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
Bringing fun, challenging ideas to life has always been the root of my inspiration. It’s the imaginative side we used as kids to create new worlds for ourselves and explore the unknown or unlearned. If we’re lucky and use our words well, we can describe what we envision, then build even grander realms with others. This concept of imagining ideas, speaking it into existence, then executing inspiration through actions has become one of the most powerful feelings for me. My medium as an artist is through the layers of event production. Events mark milestones, memories, and feelings that stay with us. In my eyes, infusing creativity through imagination in events is just as integral part as mapping out the complex logistics and following up with the communities afterwards. 

This process of inspiration has lead me to understand if we listened just a tad more to each other, we might be able to step back and figure out how we can tackle our most challenging issues together. Hearing someone paint the picture of their passion always fuels me to share a bigger canvas. Try having an inclusive conversation with a community about their dreams and visions. Then turn those words into realistic goals. With a little inspiration to make it tangible, mediums like events make these ideas become large-scale multi-cultural festivals and celebrations that provide a platform for a collective voice, culture, and step towards growth in a community’s future.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Events are my art. They are truly open to the imagination’s wildest interpretations and can come to life with enough passion and hard work. The core of events is experience and the mark of a great event for me is having our attendees walking away feeling like they were able to connect, celebrate, and learn from a culture they may not always have in their echo chamber. Events share the beauty of perspective with a chance of lasting a lifetime. I particularly enjoy working with diverse nonprofits across San Diego. It allows me to understand the different needs of the surrounding neighborhoods and create paths for meaningful connection through events. From long-standing community celebrations with historical roots to new event styles (virtual realm here we come) for communities beginning to bridge; events are a community’s masterpiece. Without a doubt, our nonprofits are some of the toughest groups around and I am proud to build with so many. They wear multiple hats, share the broadest range of talents, and selflessly serve their communities in need. Doing this work has rewarded us with lasting relationships, the opportunity to make a sustainable difference, and the ability to connect our lives to a larger purpose. Representing Social Artistry, our event art is dedicated to the conversations our community paints with each other and the platforms they aim to build together.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m actually building a list just for this! I asked over 100 San Diego locals what their ideal San Diego day was like and condensed it into a really fun Local’s Summer To Do List! We’re calling it San Diego N’ Me and encouraging everyone to complete the list with their personal favorites and #SDnMe . My personal favorites from the list are visiting our gorgeous San Diego beaches, taking a stroll in Balboa Park, adventuring to Convoy District, getting quirky in North Park, and finding some new murals around the city – all while enjoying delicious food and drinks from all the amazing cultures we have! I’ll be sharing it on June 20 and welcome everyone to find out more as part of our SDNightMarket.com experience. Excited to hear what spots everyone loves most!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My deepest thanks goes to my family for believing in me and giving me the room to spread my wings. We live an ocean apart, but they have always surrounded me with compassion to tackle any challenge and distance. I’ve been in San Diego for a decade now and I am thankful to my mentors for guiding me in community work, my event teams for becoming my second family and fueling my wild ideas, my fuegofox for teaching me the most and being my rock, and the insanely wonderful nonprofits I am fortunate to build with.

Website: LaurenBalcitaGarces.com
Linkedin: https://twitter.com/laurengarces
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Image Credits
Photo credit: Kevin Raquidan