May 31, 2002

Community Notes:

Call to Artists Deadline Set for June 21, 2002

Escondido, CA — Friday, June 21 is the deadline for professional performers based in Southern California to respond to First Night Escondido’s “Call to Artists.” The response form for the “Call” was posted on May 20 and to date over 60 applications have been received. Last year, more than 50 groups performed on 13 stages at the annual New Year’s Eve event. The “Call to Artists” response form is posted on the First Night Escondido Website at

First Night Escondido’s Performing Arts Committee will begin its review of the applications on June 25. The committee members will focus on selecting a wide variety of musical genres for the event – country, Latin, rock, jazz and the blues to name a few. The committee will also be booking dance, theater, performance art, puppeteers, street circus groups and magicians.

Street entertainers, such as balloon sculptors, jugglers, and stilt walkers are also encouraged to apply to be a part of the event at this time. For an application, call 760/739-0101 or e-mail:

20,000 people are expected to attend this year’s alcohol-free “New Year’s Eve Celebration of the Arts” which will run from 6 p.m. to midnight on December 31 in the heart of Escondido. Stages will be located on Grand Avenue, at City Hall and at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

Local non-professional performing arts groups are invited to participate in First Night Escondido’s Grand Procession. All groups must be pre-registered. For information and a Grand Procession application, call 760/739-0101 or e-mail:

Opera Association Offering Scholarship Opportunities

  The California Opera Association is accepting applications for vocalist participation in the 3rd Annual California Opera Arts & Education Festival, located in Fresno, California, July 26th through August 4th. Weekend and full-week workshops offer masterclasses, including Achieving Peak Performance, Professional Audition Techniques, and Opera Theater in a Changing Global Market.

Qualified participants of mid-week sessions receive coaching and/or consultation with members of the Metropolitan Opera, Baltimore Opera, and California Opera Association. A limited number of scholarships, based on merit and financial need, are available to Southern California residents. All voice types, ages, and levels of participation will be considered. For additional information regarding applications and scholarships, or to lend your support through charitable giving, please call (559) 225-6737 (CAL-OPERA) or e-mail  

Neighborhood Arts Program PARTnership Guidelines Now Available

The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture (Commission) FY2003 Neigh-borhood PARTnerships guidelines and applications are now available upon request. Neighborhood PARTnerships provides matching funds for projects that involve youth and families in artistic and cultural activities that increase communication between different cultures and ethnic groups and/or foster neighborhood pride and unity.

The Commission strongly encourages collaborative projects between artists and arts organizations and community based agencies (e.g. schools, community development agencies, and business improvement associations or City departments) that enrich the lives of San Diego city residents, revitalize neighborhoods in decline, provide safe havens, and decrease vandalism in communities. Eligible projects must occur after October 1, 2002 and before September 30, 2003.

The application deadline is Friday, June 28, 2002. Late applications will not be accepted. A technical assistance application workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, 2002 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the 5th Floor Conference Room of the Executive Complex, 1010 Second Avenue, Downtown. Individual technical assistance appointments are also available. Amy Dukes, Arts Management Associate, is available to answer questions and set up one-on-one meetings between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. She may be reached at (619) 533-3028 or via email at

The mission of the Commission is to vitalize the city by integrating arts and culture into community life while supporting the region’s cultural assets and showcasing San Diego as an international cultural destination.

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