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Nov 12 - Dec 31, 2020

Carl Cherry Center for the Arts

Mission

The mission of the Cherry Center is to enhance the quality and diversity of artistic, educational and cultural programs in Monterey County by encouraging public programs and interactions between artists and the community. Accordingly, the Cherry Center theater and art gallery provide visibility and support to emerging and established artists, dramatists, writers, educators and musicians by presenting exhibits and programs that cast light on contemporary issues, both aesthetic and social.

The Big Idea

The mission of the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts is to enhance the quality and diversity of artistic, educational and cultural programs in Monterey County by encouraging interactions between artists and the community. The Center is working on the preservation of the institution itself amid the many struggles it has faced during the pandemic. Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on the nonprofit, with programs, theater productions and events all postponed or canceled throughout summer 2020 and beyond. The arts can help us meet and digest something that may seem too large and formidable to process. During this time, when the community has so much to face, the Cherry Center is developing online programs to boost and encourage audience development and artistic support.

I appreciate that you came to our class to teach about poetry. Before yesterday, poetry was one of the things I simply dreaded or didn't simply didn't like because it seemed too difficult. Now I'm reminded how fun and interesting writing can be. It changed the way I look at the world and my own life. Thank you, Mr. Roberts, for teaching how much fun reading and writing can be!

- Julio Moreno

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. 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. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.

The 2020 Campaign begins November 12.