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Nov 7 - Dec 31, 2019

Alisal Center For The Fine Arts


The Alisal Center for the Fine Arts is a creative hub for artists and advocates alike, connecting, teaching, and strengthening our community. Through a holistic approach, we cultivate youth leaders committed to cultural affirmation and community transformation.

The Big Idea

The Alisal Center for the Fine Arts is a creative hub for artists and advocates, connecting, teaching and strengthening the community. Their Rondalla del Centro de Bellas Artes de Alisal Program continues to bloom, and has taught more than 180 students how to play guitar in the last five years while also instilling a strong work ethic in Monterey County youth. It teaches responsibility, professionalism and more. The program currently serves 65 students, and the center is working to build the capacity to eliminate their waiting list. Students have shared the stage with the likes of Mariachi Nueva Generacion and the Monterey Pops! Orchestra.

When I began this program, I thought it would only last six weeks. However, here I am now, many weeks later, playing my heart and soul into what has begun one of my greatest passions: guitar. My guitar has become my best friend. I am forever grateful for this program that has taught and impacted my life so much. I only wish this program can continue for others too.

- Maria Romo