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Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts Introduces ‘Parades at the Granada Theatre’

As Santa Barbara celebrates the beginning of summer, the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts’ Jurkowitz Center for Community Engagement is introducing a series of family-friendly activities, including “Parades at the Granada Theatre,” an opportunity to experience Santa Barbara’s State Street parades from seats right in front of the theater.

Morrie and Irma Jurkowitz
Morrie and Irma Jurkowitz

The Jurkowitz Center for Community Engagement works to support the SBCPA’s commitment to ensuring that the entire community is actively engaged with, and inspired by, the Granada Theatre.

This year, the Jurkowitz Center for Community Engagement is presenting “Parades at the Granada Theatre” for the Summer Solstice, Fiesta and the Downtown Holiday Parades. Contributors to the SBCPA Annual Fund, at any level, are invited to come watch the Summer Solstice Parade this Saturday with fellow friends and supporters of the Granada Theatre.

Guests will enjoy special seating on State Street in front of the theater and have the opportunity to visit inside the theater for festive sips and bites.

“Parades at the Granada Theatre” begins a new SBCPA tradition bringing together contributors at all levels — to celebrate Santa Barbara culture. These opportunities build a broader base of support within the community and engage supporters with the nonprofit Granada Theatre in a family-friendly way.

“The Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts is grateful to Morrie and Irma Jurkowitz for establishing the Jurkowitz Center for Community Engagement in honor of their beloved daughter, Debbie, and grandson, Michael, whose lives were lost in a tragic automobile accident eleven years ago,” said Craig Springer, the Chrisman Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts. “These events are part of the Jurkowitz Center for Community Engagement’s goal of opening the Granada Theatre to the entire community. ‘Parades at The Granada Theatre’ are a wonderful opportunity to experience the theater and State Street parades in a new and comfortable way.”

Irma and Morrie Jurkowitz, who previously owned the Granada Theatre for many years, are remarkably generous longtime Santa Barbara residents and were instrumental in establishing the SBCPA, the nonprofit entrusted with the care and operation of the historic Granada Theatre. They are one of six Legacy Donors to the theater’s restoration campaign, and they continue to support many local arts and educational non-profit organizations, including Santa Barbara Community College.

The Jurkowitz Center for Community Engagement future activities will include an array of engagement programs, accomplished by working in close partnership with the theater’s resident companies, local schools, social service and community organizations, as well as other major arts organizations. The Jurkowitz Center for Community Engagement will play a key role in supporting the Granada Theatre’s mission to serve as a vibrant, welcoming venue promoting appreciation for excellence in the performing arts and enhance the quality of life in the community.

As part of the theater’s ongoing community engagement efforts, the Granada Theatre regularly presents family-oriented performances, often accompanied by “meet-and-greet the artists” opportunities. Every year, the Granada Theatre also underwrites facility fees for education programming held at the theater by the Santa Barbara Symphony and Music Academy of the West, as well as the annual San Marcos High School student-led fundraiser Kids Helping Kids.

To learn more about the Granada Theatre’s Jurkowitz Center for Community Engagement and about “Parades at The Granada Theatre,” click here or call 805.899.3000. For more information on supporting the Jurkowitz Center for Community Engagement, please contact Kristi Newton, director of development, at 805.451.2932 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

— Jennifer Guess is a publicist representing the Granada Theatre.


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