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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. SCC Operating Principles: Deliver diverse, high-quality arts programming; Promote arts education for all ages; Support the activities of local performing arts groups; Provide and maintain a state-of-the-art facility that is responsive to the needs of our audience and performers; Form supportive community partnerships; 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

Sunset Center strives to engage the whole community and stoke a passion for the arts. With a commitment to diverse, world-class artistic programming, innovative community engagement efforts and nationally recognized arts education partnerships, Sunset Center is the place to Experience More—which is also the name of their latest project. The nonprofit performing arts center not only draws world-class shows to their Carmel stage, but has pursued innovative partnerships to make sure a broader swath of the population gets to experience the arts. This happens in a few ways, including providing free community events, and also through arts education initiatives that help fill the hole left as schools cut back on arts curricula. Since 2008, more than 18,000 students and educators have participated in Sunset Center’s arts education programs.

I love art because it is really cool and the program helps and inspires me to draw at my house. Art is amazing! Art is cool!

- Marvyn, fourth-grader

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.

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.