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Sunset Cultural 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.

The Big Idea

Sunset Cultural Center provides unique arts education programs that are effective, inclusive and integrated into school culture as a method for improving learning and engagement. This year they are offering their new virtual program, Social-Emotional Arts in Learning (SEAL), in addition to their established programs, Kennedy Center Partners in Education and Turnaround Arts. SEAL promotes self-esteem by inviting students to virtually experience the arts in their home environment. The program features expressive art lesson plans with accompanying supplemental worksheets that assist in strengthening healthy perspectives about life, even under challenging circumstances. Even while Sunset Center’s stage is quiet due to the pandemic, the staff continues engaging children in a love of the arts.

It’s been life-changing for our community and our kids and our teachers. The arts are not readily available to the community and our students. It has changed what’s happening not just in the classroom but outside the classroom. Our commu- nity and parents are engaged in what’s happening with their kids. They love the arts. It is amazing to see.

- Kari Yeater, Yeater, superintendent of North Monterey County Unified School District

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 $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 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 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.