Events Meet Ups Networking

May 26, 2022: Architecture/History Tour of Balboa Park + Happy Hour

Thursday, May 26, 2022

5:20pm – 6:30pm PDT: Walking Tour with David Kinney. Tour starts at the Plaza de California, in front of the Museum of Us (map)

6:30pm – 8:00pm PDT: Happy Hour at ARTIFACT in the Mingei International Museum (map)

Discover the secrets and symbols of Balboa Park! This one-hour walking tour will be guided by our park expert–the former director of Balboa Park Central, David Kinney. It is a place of beauty and culture, with a rich history. Come learn the stories behind the intricate architecture, landscaping, and greenery that make up the largest urban cultural park in the country.

Please meet us at 5:20pm in the Plaza de California, in front of the Museum of Us. The tour concludes with drinks and discussion at the ARTIFACT restaurant in Mingei.

More Details

This event is free but please consider a small donation with your registration to help us fund upcoming events and professional-growth programming.


Close parking available Alcázar Garden Parking Lot, behind the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, and along Balboa Drive.

About David Kinney

David Kinney is retired after over 30 years working in Balboa Park, most recently as the Executive Director of Balboa Park Central. He has served as chair of both the Balboa Park Committee and the Parks and Recreation Board. He currently serves on the boards of Forever Balboa Park and the Timken Museum of Art.


♿️ This event meets some ADA standards, including accessible restrooms and mainly flat ground. Have accessibility questions or need accommodations? Email to confirm your requirements or request more information.

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January 28 | Happy Hour: Explore North County

January 28 | 6 – 8 PM | Cutwater Spirits

Celebrate the new year with San Diego EMP! We’re branching out from our typical neighborhoods to explore Miramar’s Cutwater Spirits, with bingo and a free prize drawing. Please consider a small donation with your RSVP to help us fund upcoming no-cost & low-cost programming.

Free to attend, suggested donation of $5. Let us know you’ll be there by saving your spot below!

Join us as we introduce our new theme for the year: EXPLORE!

Let Us Know You’ll Be There!


San Diego EMP

Events Meet Ups Networking

Nov 14: Gather: A Collective Mixer

November 14 | 6 – 8 PM | Societe Brewing Company
This is the event you’ve been waiting for all year long!

This is the event you’ve been waiting for: three of San Diego’s most influential networking and professional development groups are joining forces for an end of the year mixer. Join Rising Arts Leaders (RAL) San Diego, San Diego Emerging Museum Professionals (EMP), and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) San Diego on Thursday, November 14 from 6 PM to 8 PM at Societe Brewing Company (8262 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111).

We invite our members (and potential new members!) to meet and network with nonprofit and museum professionals, arts administrators, and local artists. Come for the great company and stay for the raffle prizes! This is an event you don’t want to miss.


Rising Arts Leaders (RAL) San Diego: Rising Arts Leaders of San Diego provides professional development, leadership training, and fosters connections for San Diego Arts workers and artists through grants, seminars, workshops, mentorship programs, and networking events. Learn more:

San Diego Emerging Museum Professionals (EMP): The mission of San Diego Emerging Museum Professionals is to facilitate career growth through networking and professional development opportunities. San Diego EMP welcomes members from all fields and is primarily composed of employees, volunteers, and students in their first ten years of a museum-related career. By offering regular meetups, workshops, tours, and other profession-related activities, San Diego EMP is a valuable resource for San Diego’s museum community. Learn more:

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) San Diego: The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of San Diego (YNPN San Diego/YNPNsd) activates emerging leaders by connecting them with the resources, people and ideas they need to advance the nonprofit sector. Learn more:


See you there!

San Diego EMP