January 22, 1999

California Center for the Arts, Escondido Receives Everhealth Foundation Grant Supporting "Los Padrinos del Arte" Program

Escondido — The California Center for the Arts, Escondido has received a $20,000 grant from the Everhealth Foundation. The Everhealth Foundation funding will support the Center's "Los Padrinos del Arte" program which operates as part of the Center's Education department.

"Los Padrinos del Arte" is supported by an advisory committee comprised of numerous community members who also serve as mentors to many of the participating families in the program. The committee meets monthly and has created its own mission, goals and objectives. Their mission: Los Padrinos del Arte is a program which serves the Latino community buy encouraging families to participate in the art and cultural activities at the CCAE.

Families are partnered with committee members who act as hosts when they attend Center performances. In 1997-98, over 200 Latino families were served by the program. This grant will allow many families and teenagers of Hispanic decent to attend selected performances of big, Orquestra Sinfonica Nacional, Ballet Hispanico and Paul Taylor Dance Company. In addition, it will support the existing families in attending the Family Theater Sundays and provides admissions to the Museum.

"This is a program that we believe in" says Leah Goodwin, Director of Education and Outreach, "receiving this grant helps us to provide this program to more families and acknowledges the work that we are doing."

The California Center for the arts, Escondido's mission is to serve as the community's focal point for cultural, educational, social and entertainment activities by presenting visual and performing arts programming of the highest caliber. To enhance the quality of life of all members of the community by developing a greater understanding and appreciation of the arts.

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