The Sonoma Community Center’s 14th Annual Muse Celebration of “Creativity, Connection, and Community” will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 14. This year’s party – to be held outside of its East Napa Street building – will be the centre’s first per capita fundraiser since its operations moved to a fully virtual format during the pandemic.
From the delivery of its programs to its leadership, it has been a year of changes and transitions for the community center. The association welcomed a new executive director, Charlotte Hajer, in April. Hajer is delighted to host her first Muse event.
âThe Muse is meaningful because by celebrating someone who exemplifies creativity and contributions to the community here, we are celebrating those attributes to support Sonoma and make it a great place,â Hajer said. âAnd those attributes of creativity, community and connection are what we’re all about. “
Each year, the Muse honors a local personality for their contribution to the Sonoma Valley community and the community centre’s mission “to cultivate a vibrant community through extraordinary creative, cultural and learning experiences.”
The theme of the party is âSharing the Spotlightâ and the 2021 Muse is Kevin McNeely, who is artistic director of the Sonoma International Film Festival and administrator of the Manitou Philanthropic Fund in Sonoma. Hajer describes McNeely both as a longtime friend of the community center and as having “a long and rich history of creative engagement and philanthropic efforts in the valley.”
McNeely told the Index-Tribune he was honored to be chosen as the Muse.
âThe contributions that SCC has made to support and advance the arts and education in our community is why Sonoma is such a great place to live,â he said. âSonoma for the McNeely family has been a joyful and rewarding experience in many ways. “
Local celebrity Ellen Toscano will be the emcee for the Muse-themed evening of the film’s premiere. Dinner is provided by Spread Catering, cocktails by Prohibition Spirits and 3 Badge Beverage Company, and wines from MacRostie, Breathless, Roessler and others. Live music will be provided by Dave Clark and Louie Perez’s Showcase Band.
Proceeds from the Muse event support CSC’s artistic programming, community events and performances, and its historic building. Last year, funds raised at the aMUSEathon, the centre’s virtual gala, enabled the organization to invest in the equipment and training needed to bring its courses online, Hajer said, so that ‘she can continue to provide artistic programming to community members near and far during the pandemic.
Hajer said proceeds from this year’s event will cover the costs of hosting and coordinating the centre’s continued offering of classes, exhibitions, shows and community events, ensuring its programs are accessible. to all members of the community, regardless of their income level.
âCreativity, community and connection are what got us through the pandemic and they’re what will help us get out of it,â Hajer said. âWe are very happy to offer this first opportunity to bring people together for this celebration. “
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