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Press Release 


Contact:         Abby Reynolds | | 760-807-8654


Date:               June 27, 2022


Center Stage Productions Awarded California Arts Council 2022 Arts & Culture Organizations General Operating Relief Grant


State funds support CSP’s mission to engage and inspire young people in musical theatre in a fun, creative and inclusive environment.


Escondido, CA – The California Arts Council has announced a grant award of $22,500 to Center Stage Productions as part of its Arts & Culture Organizations General Operating Relief Grant program in its first round of funding for 2022.

This grant will assist in the funding of CSP’s 2023 Season of Shows as well as our DE&I Initiatives.

“Center Stage Productions is thrilled to be a recipient of support from the California Arts Council.  We believe strongly in our connection to our community and are excited to use this grant to enhance out ability to bring quality musical theatre education.”

~ Stevee Taylor, Center Stage Productions | Board President. 

Center Stage Productions was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, with grant awards for its Cycle A programming totaling more than $31 million across more than 1,100 grants supporting nonprofit organizations and units of government throughout the state. The dollar amount already marks the largest annual investment in the California Arts Council’s 46-year history. 

“We are elated today to be able to say that, with this first round of funds, we are placing a historic amount of money into the very worthy hands of California’s arts and cultural workforce—and with more yet to come,” said California Arts Council Chair Lilia Gonzáles-Chávez. “We have long since understood the value of our artists in this state, and we are incredibly grateful to our Governor and our Legislature for their support and sharing in a like-minded vision for a California where all people flourish with access to and participation in the arts.”

Organizations were awarded grants across seven different program areas within Cycle A, focused on the CAC’s efforts to address geographic equity, enable autonomy and sustainability for smaller organizations, and grow the strength of local arts agencies and their partnerships.

To view a complete listing of all California Arts Council grantees by county, visit this link. For a complete listing of grantees by organization, go to this link.



Center Stage Productions (CSP) was founded as a 501(c)3 in 2004 with a mission to advocate for education in the arts, and to make a high-quality theater experience open to everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, or gender identity. Over the past 18 years, CSP has gone on to build a thriving youth theater program, and has become a leading force in the North County theater community.

The California Arts Council is a state agency with a mission of strengthening arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. It supports local arts infrastructure and programming statewide through grants, initiatives, and services. The California Arts Council envisions a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Lilia Gonzáles-Chávez, Chair; Consuelo Montoya, Vice Chair; Gerald Clarke, Vicki Estrada, Jodie Evans, Ellen Gavin, Alex Israel, Phil Mercado, and Roxanne Messina Captor. Learn more at

The California Arts Council is committed to increasing the accessibility of its online content. For language and accessibility assistance, visit

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