The San Diego Opera has been awarded three grants from the California Arts Council, the organization announced on Tuesday. The grants total $47,700 in support of the company’s education programs.
The first of these grants, totaling $17,100, will support the San Diego Opera’s “Words and Music” program, specifically the work at the Knox Middle School and Memorial Preparatory for Scholars and Athletes.
The second grant for $15,300, will support “Words and Music” at La Maestra Center for Youth Advancement. Per a press release, the program is aimed at helping troubled youth in San Diego.
“Many students in these communities are exposed at an early age to drugs, gang violence, social exclusion, parent deportations, homelessness, and incarceration. There is a need for area residents to understand and celebrate its youth. The project activities and performances will highlight the lives of these students and the issues most important to them,” notes the release.
The final grant, also for $15,300, will support the “Student Night at the Opera” program, which gives students and their chaperones access to a final dress performance for one of the company’s mainstage productions. Students get free tickets and transportation.
San Diego’s 2018-19 season will feature productions of “The Marriage of Figaro,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Rigoletto,” “Three Decembers,” and “Carmen.”