New Community Programs: One City Arts & Mariachi Camp

New this summer, the Center is expanding its community outreach programs with the addition of One City Arts and Mariachi Camp for five weeks combined in July and August. These new programs are part of our ongoing commitment to providing summertime fun, fulfilling, nurturing and creatively inspiring arts experiences for children through programs that include Missoula Children’s Theatre Residency, Draw it! Paint it! Sculpt It! Visual Art camp, and the New Song Music Camp.

The addition of One City Arts and Mariachi Camp – both offered at no-cost to participants by Wells Fargo Center for the Arts and designed to provide opportunities for underserved youth – expands the Center’s off-campus programming, and deepens and diversifies its impact on the community. While many of the Center’s Education Through the Arts programs occur on campus, there are several, like Artists in the Schools, Master Classes, Music For Schools, and the Target Literacy Program that take the work done by the Center to locations throughout the North Bay.

“With the addition of One City Arts and Mariachi Camp to our roster of education and outreach programs, we are excited to be taking more of our work directly to the community,” said Rick Nowlin, the Center’s President & CEO. “And by offering these programs at no charge to participants, we are further deepening our commitment to making arts and education opportunities accessible to everyone, especially underserved youth.”

One City Arts, created by Maria de Los Angeles, an artist who grew up in Santa Rosa, had a successful pilot year in 2014. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, who had partnered with Maria on the final reception/showcase for One City Arts in 2014, was so impressed with what Maria accomplished that when additional support for the program was needed, the Center stepped up to integrate One City Arts into its ongoing programming, ensuring the program would have the resources to continue.

2015 will be the inaugural year for Mariachi Camp, the only program of its kind in the North Bay. Mariachi Camp was specifically developed by Wells Fargo Center for the Arts staff along with Jose Soto, a member of Mariachi Barragan and co-founder of the Mariachi Club at Elsie Allen High School in Santa Rosa, to introduce students to Mariachi music. The instruments provided to participating children will come from the Center’s Music For Schools instrument-lending library, a unique program where members of the community donate instruments, which are loaned to students who could not otherwise afford them, in order to participate in school or community music ensembles. The goal of Mariachi Camp is to present students with an introduction to playing an instrument and to mariachi music, rather than intensive immersive musical instruction. No previous experience is necessary for Mariachi Camp, which is open to students entering grades 4 through 11.

Both camps will be held at Lawrence Cook Middle School, thanks to a generous donation of space from Santa Rosa City Schools, superintendent Socorro Shiels, and Lawrence Cook Middle School principal Linsey Gannon. Both camps are free to participants through the support of the donors, members, and sponsors of Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Redwood Empire Food Bank, which will provide breakfast and lunch each day during the camps.