Turlock is a great city with a lot to be proud of, from our college campus to our fairgrounds to our downtown. We are just as fortunate to have an institution like the Carnegie Arts Center in our own backyard. The unique events they offer to all residents– including world-class art exhibits, free family activities, classes, concerts, lectures, dance, poetry and theater programs – make our city and region a more enriching and exciting place to live. They even play host to the Sunshine Strummers, a local ukulele group that I've been known to frequent from time to time!
This year the Carnegie is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the opening of the original building that has historically housed the community’s library, teen center, and now our famous arts center. Since reopening in 2011 after a devastating setback, the Carnegie operates as a thriving non-profit organization, independent of taxpayer support. They do it all with the contributions from local business sponsors and an active membership program.
But that doesn't mean they don't need additional support, so during their Centennial year, the Carnegie has set a goal of bringing in 100 new members. They are even offering a special “Centennial Friend” membership for $100 this year.
As a new member, you'll receive free admission to all exhibitions, discounts in the gift shop, on art classes for kids and adults, discounted tickets for concerts and events, and reciprocal membership benefits at more than 800 museums across North America.
I signed up and I'm now challenging 99 others to join me as a new member of this storied institution. Happy 100th Birthday to Turlock's Carnegie Arts Center — here's to another 100 years!