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  • The Center Kicks-off Celebrating 25 Years of Sparking Creativity + Igniting Connection. Staff dove into our archives and found newsletters the Center published and inserted into local newspapers during our fi rst year of operation in 1994 (see photo below). It was such a great way to keep our community up-to-date on events and programming, we decided to bring it back! Join us for our 2019/2020 season full of special events as well as fan-favorites. We are excited to reminisce about our rich history while gazing ahead to the future of art and sound in Escondido.


    ON VIEW>> Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist, Works on Paper by the Artist and his Circle.

    PG 03 ON STAGE>> See how our season lineup stacks up. Tickets for all shows are on sale now. Don’t miss our three lawn shows on the Great Green – guaranteed to bring a mini-music festival vibe here to Escondido.

    PG 04 NEW SUMMER CONCERT SERIES>> The Center's free summer concerts in the Lyric Court have been revamped! Join us every Friday to experience a different genre each week.

    PG 07

    JUNE 2019 // Vol. 001

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    We’ve added a new convenient way to make a donation from your mobile phone. Send a text to 44-321 with the code Center@25. You should receive a text back with a secure link to click on.

    • The link will open a page with a Donate Now button and a thermometer to see our fundraising progress. • Click Donate Now and then select a donation amount that is right for you, or enter your own custom amount. • Follow the prompts for payment and receive an email receipt immediately while knowing your birthday gift is on its way to the Center.

    4 OTHER WAYS TO DONATE: 1. Visit

    2. Stop by our Admin offi ce, Mon – Fri: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

    3. Mail a check to: California Center for the Arts, Escondido 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025

    4. Process a credit card donation over the phone or speak with a member of our development team about gift options: 760.839.4159 //


    I hope to see you often at your Center for the Arts, Escondido!

    Jerry Van Leeuwen, Executive Director

    Dear Friends of the Center, Since we fi rst opened our doors in October of 1994, the Center has aimed to be a hub for arts appreciation and a catalyst for arts education in Escondido and beyond. Somehow, I still regularly meet people who say that they have never sat in our theater, were unaware of the museum, and were surprised to hear that we work to bring the arts to over 10,000 students annually.

    When discussions began about themes for our 25th season, we knew we had to tackle this issue. You’ll notice our tagline for the year is inspired by the fl ickering glow of birthday candles

    and the people you want celebrating with you

    This year, we will add a little sparkle throughout the 25th

    anniversary season while we strive to grow connection by increasing the number of people engaged with our campus and our programs by 25%; an initiative we are calling 25 for 25.

    Simply said, we want to reach out to all of our neighbors to say 'Thank You' for the last 25 years and invite the community to learn more about all the Center has to offer. One of the ways we are looking to expand our reach is through this bi-monthly newsletter (in lieu of a yearly brochure). You’ll fi nd stacks of these available in English and Spanish at our events all year. In each issue, you’ll fi nd a comprehensive guide to a variety of free and ticketed events, as well as information on the

    impact our education programs are making through support from individual donors, grant funders, and corporate sponsors.

    We were recently given an early birthday gift to help increase community engagement. Now through October, your donation will be

    matched dollar-for-dollar once we meet our goal of $50,000! This $100,000 challenge is the gift of an anonymous donor dedicated to supporting arts appreciation and education at the Center and helping us meet the 25 for 25 goal.

    To do this, our teams are working diligently to curate our museum exhibitions, to book performers of all types, to explore interesting educational opportunities for all ages, and to bring diverse, high-caliber, free live music and cultural activities to our community. If you like what you see, hear, and feel – we invite you to donate and help us meet our match.


    "sparking creativity"

    "igniting connection."

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    Jul 20 – Sep 15, 2019

    Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist, Works on Paper by the Artist and his Circle Works on paper by French artist, Edgar Degas. Rare drawings, prints, and photographs illuminate a more intimate side of the admired artist. Exhibition also includes work from Mary Cassatt, Paul Cézanne, Édouard Manet, Camille Pissaro, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and more.

    Sponsored by: Drs. Carol and Lawrence Gartner, Sara W. Matta, and Robert Wilson

    OPENING RECEPTION Fri // Jul 19, 2019

    MEMBERS’ PREVIEW 4:30 – 8:00 PM (FREE) Includes light bites and hosted bar. Members: RSVP by Jul 12 to Kari Bishop 760.839.4187 //

    PUBLIC RECEPTION 6:00 – 8:00 PM ($15) Includes light bites. Non-Members: Buy tickets at

    To learn more about upcoming programs and events related to this exhibition, please visit us at


    Oct 5 – Dec 1, 2019

    XXV: The Silver Anniversary Exhibition In celebration of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s 25th anniversary season, selections from the museum’s permanent collection will be on view. The exhibition will also include ephemera and photos from throughout the Center’s history, as well as our annual Día de los Muertos altar.

    Jan 11 – Mar 8, 2020

    Endangered: Exploring California’s Changing Ecosystems This exhibition focuses on artworks that address the wonder and destruction of local fl ora and fauna throughout Southern California.

    Finding Heaven in Hellhole Canyon Inspired by the beauty of open space, local artists depict images of Valley Center's Hellhole Canyon for this fundraising exhibition.

    Apr 4 – May 17, 2020

    Campus Creatives: Featuring San Diego’s Fine Arts Faculty Bringing together visual arts department faculty members from universities across San Diego County to showcase their new works in a variety of media.

    ADMISSION: General: $12 // Students & Seniors: $6 Center Members, Military, and Children: FREE

    *MUSEUM AND GIFT SHOP HOURS: Tue – Sat: 10 AM – 5 PM Sun: 1 – 5 PM Closed: Mon

    *Open prior to most Center-Sponsored events.


    Edgar Degas, Before the Race, c.1895, Color lithograph, 19.75 x 22.5 in.

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    STAY UP-TO-DATE With new artist announcements at and follow us on social media:


    Jul 18 // 8:00 PM Great Green

    Natalia LaFourcade Latin GRAMMY award winner singer-songwriter performs in this festival-style experience.

    Jul 28 // 8:00 PM Great Green

    Panteón Rococó One of LA’s most popular ska bands. "Music so energetic it should come with a warning.” - SoundDiego

    Aug 8 // 8:00 PM Great Green

    Buddy Guy with Jimmie Vaughan, Charlie Musselwhite The master of bridging Blues and Rock and Roll, accompanied by living legends, will perform on the lawn festival-style.

    Aug 11 // 7:30 PM Lyric Court

    Sammy Miller and The Congregation "Joyful jazz with lots of laughs and theatricality." - Los Angeles Times

    Sep13 // 7:30 PM Center Theater

    Ethan Bortnick Generations of Music Presented by the Center and KPBS. "The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Head-line His Own Concert Tour." - Guinness World Records

    Oct 12 // 7:30 PM Concert Hall

    Patton Oswalt GRAMMY award and Primetime Emmy award winner performs stand up.

    Oct 19 // 7:30 PM Concert Hall

    Taimane Elemental Tour A ukulele ninja, Taimane has the ability to morph genres – from Classical to Rock to Flamenco.

    Oct 30 // 7:30 PM Concert Hall

    OK Go The Live Video Tour American rock band creates an immersive art and sound experience alongside their iconic video repertoire.

    Nov 16 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM Center Theater

    Chris Perondi's Stunt Dog Experience "An overall wonderful theatrical experience! This show is perfect for any family!" - Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation

    Nov 24 // 4:00 PM Concert Hall

    Sophia Loren Academy Award-winning Italian actress shares personal stories from her Hollywood career.




    SUN // JUL 28, 2019 8:00 PM // GREAT GREEN



    $25 – $75 // @TheCCAE For more info, call our box offi ce at 800.988.4253 Tue – Sat: 12 – 5 PM, Sun: 1 – 5 PM, Closed: Mon 340 N. Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025

    2019 FALL



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