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Press Release

The Center Releases Community Impact Report

ESCONDIDO, CA (January 3, 2003) The California Center for the Arts, Escondido announces the release of the 2001-2002 Community Impact Report. The mission of The Center is to promote the Arts and their power for community building and enhancement, providing artistic, cultural, educational, social and entertainment opportunities of the highest quality to enrich the lives of all within its reach. The report details how The Center fulfilled this mission in 2001-2002. The Center has created exciting and diverse programs that have directly impacted local business, local schools, the local community and San Diego North County as a whole.

Highlights of the 2001-2002 Community Impact Report:
· 200,000 patrons attended performances, surpassing the previous record of 190,000 patrons during the 98-99 season, representing record activity in the theaters
· 300 volunteers contributed 25,000 hours of service Centerwide
· 50,547 patrons were served through Visual Arts & Education programs
· 3,910 hours of arts education instruction in classrooms was provided by The Center’s arts educators
· 160% increase in sales tax revenue in Escondido’s Downtown Business Improvement District since The Center’s opening in 1994
· 74% increase in the average value of commercial property located in the Business Improvement District area of Escondido’s downtown

To request a copy of the 2001-2002 Community Impact Report please call Sean Doorly at (760) 839-4175 or email Sdoorly@artcenter.org. The report can also be found online at www.artcenter.org.

Located in North San Diego County at 340 North Escondido Boulevard in Escondido, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is accessible by major interstate highways. The Center’s 12-acre campus offers a Performing Arts season with internationally renowned artists, acclaimed contemporary art exhibitions in the Museum, an education complex offering classes and workshops for young people, families and adults, and an awarding-winning Conference Center which hosts more than 400 events each year in North County’s largest meeting facility. The Center is a non-profit organization that is supported by a combination of public and private donations. For more information, please visit http://www.artcenter.org.