Foundation grants support theater in Carlsbad

CARLSBAD — The Carlsbad Charitable Foundation (CCF), an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, awarded a total of $107,403 to five programs dedicated to enhancing arts and culture in the Carlsbad community.

Carlsbad Charitable Foundation Founding Member Doris Lee Ritchie and her guest, Terri Mahaney were on hand for the presentation of grants to support local arts and theater. Courtesy photo
The programs – Carlsbad Community Theatre Showcase Company ($18,613); Carlsbad Music Festival ($15,080); The Hacienda Project ($25,238); Harps in the City ($15,663); and Shakespeare Network ($32,809), were presented at the foundation’s annual Grants Award ceremony June 25.

George Wooldridge, CCF Grants Committee chairman, said, “We’re extremely honored to support projects that advance the arts and culture of our wonderful city. The CCF grants support activities and programs that unify and inspire Carlsbad residents of all ages to improve our community through the arts. CCF allows all of us to make an impact greater than we could alone.”

The grants celebration also marked the first distribution of grants in Carlsbad from the Matt McLaughlin Live Here, Give Here Matching Program. The late Matt McLaughlin of Rancho Bernardo left a generous legacy gift to The San Diego Foundation for use by the Affiliate Foundations in North County. All CCF membership generated grant-making funds (half of each yearly donation) will be matched, dollar for dollar, for at least three years. The Live Here, Give Here match doubled this year’s grants, from $53,701 to $107,403.

Support of the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation will enable New Village Arts to combine its Shakespeare Network with its professional acting ensemble. The expansion includes creating three “out of theater” productions including one at the Pacific Ridge School in the summer of 2012, at the Dove Library in the early spring of 2013 and at the Flower Fields in the summer of 2013; producing 10 Junior Ensemble performances throughout the community; and enhancing the mentorship opportunities between the Junior Ensemble and the NVA Ensemble.

The CCF grant will enable the Carlsbad Community Theatre (CCT) Showcase Company, comprised of youth age 6 to 18, to operate outside of the normal production schedule of the theater. The goal of the year-round program is to create, establish and develop a house company to provide continued performing arts education and performance opportunities for Carlsbad youth.

Thanks to CCF, The Carlsbad Music Festival will create a dedicated community stage for this year’s festival at a location within the Village. The Community Stage will be anchored by two curated festival concerts.

The Hacienda Project will create four site-specific dances at the Magee Park by members of San Diego Dance Theater, including Artistic Director Jean Isaacs and in collaboration with the Dance Program at La Costa Canyon High School and its director, Marsi Wigand Rushing.