Nov 8 - Dec 31, 2018

Sunset Center


Our mission is to serve as a multi-purpose gathering place that enriches, educates, and entertains by presenting artistic and educational programs, and by hosting public and private events. Our Operating Principals are to: • Support the activities of local performing arts groups; • Deliver diverse, high-quality arts programming; • Promote arts education for all ages;
• Provide and maintain a state-of-the-art facility that is responsive to the needs of our audience and performers; • Form supportive community partnerships; • Operate in a fiscally responsible manner; • Nurture our partnership with the City of Carmel for the benefit of the entire community; • Foster economic vitality, tourism, and local development.

The Big Idea

In partnership with Turnaround Arts: California,  Sunset Center has engaged in a rigorous arts education program to improve school culture, student performance, in two local low performing schools

As part of a national public/private partnership that leverages the arts to help turn around the nation’s lowest performing schools, Turnaround Arts: CA is one of 14 localities from across the nation selected by the Kennedy Center and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, in partnership with the US Dept. of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts, and several private foundations. Turnaround Arts works with partner schools selected through a competitive evaluation process. In 2016, Sunset Center was chosen to implement this program at Mary Chapa Academy-Greenfield and Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary: School of the Arts -Seaside. Sunset Center is supporting the schools in order to increase opportunities for student and teacher success, build extended communities with each school in their respective area, and raise the visibility of their school wide achievements. This support includes: serving as Regional Coach,  musical education materials,  instructional resources, professional learning for teachers led by leaders in the field, strategic arts planning, and program evaluation support. In its first year, this program has had a positive impact on over 1300 students and 62 educators.

“The Turnaround Arts Tableau program helps our students use their creativity, communication and cooperation skills to access content and it helps me when checking for understanding.”

“The Actors Tool Box guide helps us relax, concentrate, and focus on the next activity. It also helps to have better control over our behavior and, our communication with each other.


— Mr. Carlos Villagomez, 3rd grade teacher at Mary Chapa Academy, Greenfield. Kassandra, Leslie, Kayla, Enrique, and Daniel M., 5th graders at Mary Chapa Academy.