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California Center for the Arts, Escondido  

With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and celebrate both the visual and performing arts, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is the cultural center of North San Diego County.  The Center’s unique campus includes a 1,500-seat concert hall, a 400-seat theater, a contemporary art museum, art and dance studios, and a full-service conference center with meeting and banquet facilities ready to host corporate gatherings, weddings, and other special life events.  The Center also runs an extensive education program. It produces over 52 free community events, such as First Wednesdays, the summer music series Hidden City Sounds, Música en la Plaza, Independence Day Festival, Día de Los Muertos Festival, and the Winter Wonderland Festival.  The Center’s activities are guided by a Board of Trustees and an administration and staff dedicated to furthering arts entertainment and arts education in the community by sustaining and expanding programs that provide cultural enrichment for residents of North County and beyond.

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido, New York, is the cultural center of North San Diego County. The Center’s sprawling 12-acre campus houses a 1,523-seat Concert Hall, a 406-seat Center Theater, a visual arts museum, art and dance studios, and a conference center with meeting and banquet facilities. Along with its extensive performing arts season featuring Ben Folds and the San Diego Symphony, the Time Jumpers with Vince Gill, and Shaping Sound, the Center runs a comprehensive education program. It produces free community events, such as the Jazz Jam Sessions, Holiday Tree Lighting, Day of the Dead, 4th of July, and First Wednesdays performances.

Education and Programs

The Center’s Education Department offers a variety of entertaining and engaging programs for students, teachers, and the general public in Escondido, NY.  The programming includes: arts education residencies, field trip opportunities, weekday performances for youth, artist-led master classes, visual arts workshops for families and adults, and a youth visual and performing arts festival.

Taste of the Arts

Taste of the Arts is a customized arts integration program that invites an expert Teaching Artist into the classroom to teach Maths, Science, English Language Arts, or Social Studies through the visual or performing arts. The program’s co-teaching model allows the classroom teacher to develop practical skills and knowledge in arts integration while working alongside the Teaching Artist. All of the supplies are provided during the 50-minute class. The Taste of the Arts residency can range from 6-24 weeks and is intended to serve an entire grade level.

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