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Edison Grant Expands Arts Education in Area

Edison Grant Expands Arts Education in Area

(May 12, 1999)

NOTE TO EDITORS: The Office of Cultural Events at the University of California, Riverside has arranged for CITYWINDS, a wind quintet from the Bay Area, to participate in two performances and one master class at Hemet High School on Monday, May 17th. Contact at Hemet High School: Mr. Bill Black (909) 765-5150.

A $50,000 grant from Edison International to the cultural events office at the University of California, Riverside, will expand the number of arts performances on campus next year, as well as take those performances to local high schools.

Edison's Arts for the Community grant will be officially accepted at the UCR Foundation Board meeting Thursday, May 13, in the University Conference Room.

"The grant will help fund three university programs: the Performing Arts Series, the Artists in the Schools program, and special classes for UCR students," said Todd Wingate, director of the UCR Cultural Events office.

For over 40 years, the Performing Arts Series has brought some of the world's most distinguished talent to Riverside, including classical musicians such as the Julliard Quartet, Chanticleer, and the Tokyo String Quartet; the dance companies of Bella Lewitzky, Mark Morris, Garth Fagan, and Ballet Hispanico; jazz legends Dr. Billy Taylor, and Wynton Marsalis; artists Poncho Sanchez, the Watts Prophets, and Tito Puente; and theatrical troupes including El Teatro de la Esperanza, A Noise Within, the National Theatre for the Deaf, and the California Shakespeare Festival.

"The university's Artists in the Schools program makes it possible for visiting artists to perform at area high schools including Ramona High School in Riverside, Moreno Valley High School and Hemet High School," said Russ Bogh, region manager for public affairs at Southern California Edison. "Actors, dancers and musicians meet and perform for students, encouraging the development of future artists, and an expanded appreciation for the arts in the Inland Empire."

In addition to the Artists in the Schools program, visiting artists also conduct "master classes" for UCR students, giving them the opportunity to interact with professional artists.

Edison International's Arts for the Community program was launched in January 1998 as part of the company's commitment to the communities it serves. The goals of the program are to provide increased accessibility to the arts for underserved communities, to enhance appreciation of the arts, and to promote the excellence and sustainability of local arts programs.

Edison International officials plan to disburse $1 million in grants annually for a three-year period. Arts for the Community grants are offered in three categories:

  • community-based arts education and outreach;
  • college and university based arts education and outreach; and
  • capital projects.

Information about the Edison International arts program can be obtained by calling (888) 8-EDISON. Information about UCR's Cultural Events program is available at (909) 787-4629.

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