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COC receives $50K to expand Latino-oriented performances

Part of partnership with Newhall Community Center

Posted: June 16, 2009 7:13 p.m.
Updated: June 17, 2009 1:50 p.m.
The College of the Canyons Foundation has received a two-year $50,000 grant from The James Irvine Foundation to support an expansion in multicultural programming and outreach efforts to attract Latinos and Spanish-speaking populations in Santa Clarita by offering relevant, multicultural programming at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.

The activities covered by the grant will include a community workshop on bolero music and opera and a workshop reading of "Rappaccini's Daughter," a Spanish chamber opera composed by COC faculty member Daniel Catán.

"We are very grateful and excited about this grant from the James Irvine Foundation," said Adam Philipson, PAC managing director. "The projects this grant will fund will allow us to build upon the fine work that has begun in partnership with the Newhall Community Center."

Upcoming PAC presentations will include supplemental K-12 outreach programs designed to build new audiences for opera and additional public workshops on ranchera music and opera.

The grant will also cover costs to bring an internationally renowned Ballet Folklórico dance group to Santa Clarita in the 2010-11 season with additional outreach opportunities included.

These efforts will be combined with an enhanced marketing plan designed to reach out to the Latino community in Santa Clarita.

According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2005 American Community Survey, more than 27 percent of Santa Clarita's population is Hispanic compared to 47 percent of Los Angeles County and 36 percent of California's population.

"Our recent free community Son Jarocho festival in Newhall prior to the sold-out, season closing Los Lobos concert at the PAC, was a great launch to our multi-cultural programming and outreach," said Philipson.

The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. The Foundation's grantmaking focuses on three program areas: Arts, California Democracy and Youth.

Since 1937 the Foundation has provided over $1 billion in grants to more than 3,000 nonprofit organizations throughout California. With $1.4 billion in assets, the Foundation made grants of $78 million in 2008 for the people of California.


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