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Carl Cherry Center

Mission

For 70 years the Carl Cherry Center has remained an iconic locus of Arts and Ideas in Monterey County. The Cherry Center for  is an independent, non-profit arts center committed to discovering outstanding new artists, writers and performers from all over the county and presenting programs and exhibits in ways that celebrate their worth and extend our reach.

The Big Idea

The Carl Cherry Center is committed to discovering outstanding new artists, writers and performers from all over the county and presenting programs and exhibits in ways that celebrate their worth. For 70 years, the center has remained an iconic locus of arts and ideas in Monterey County, from its intimate stage to its pristine gallery to its peaceful garden. The knowledge and reassurance that the Cherry Center remains here is beneficial to Monterey County’s spiritual and aesthetic fitness, even for the occasional visitor. The nonprofit arts center is aiming to reach a wider, younger and more diverse audience with programs including flamenco dance and Indian poetry. An informal poll during a three-day jazz event revealed 60 percent of the audience was under age 40. The latest Monterey County High School Poetry Awards drew over 850 entries from across the county, with about 60 percent coming from Salinas Valley schools.

Dear Mr. Roberts, Thank you for taking time out of your day in order to teach us what you know about an important part of literature: poetry. When you came into the classroom, I was really excited; I was optimistic that I’m going to be learning valuable lessons. You made me realize that I can write odes to everything that makes me happy. You taught me that writing one to four words on a line emphasizes the value of the topic. Most importantly, you made me believe that it is not too late to explore different things despite the self-criticism whispering in my ear that I can’t do it, and that poetry is about feelings kept in cages from our hearts—all we have to do is share it with the world. We never know, it could turn someone else’s world from upside down into right side up.

- Aubrey Amila, age 16

We Did It, Together!

Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.