Mission: Provide high-quality musical performances in a comfortable setting at a reasonable cost, and promote an educational music outreach program for the people of corrales and surrounding communities.
Programs: The corrales cultural arts council (ccac) was formed in 1986 to fill an important need for music and cultural enrichment in our small semi-rural community. The nearest venues for high quality music performances were too far away and too expensive to be of significant benefit to corrales, and ccac was incorporated as a non-profit, all volunteer community organization to expand the opportunities for music enrichment in our community. Since 1986, ccac has brought a number of world class artists to corrales, such as m5 mexican brass. Jasper string quarter and harlem string quartet, as well as a number of new mexico and regional artists, to enhance the cultural environment of our area. The concert season for music in corrales (mic) consists of eight concerts from september through april. Most of the concerts are provided in the graceful and historic old san ysidro churchnow a community center. Ccac has contributed to the maintenance of the building and volunteers provide all concert services. Only the performers are paid. The building provides seating for 175 people in a very intimate setting which is fully accessible and barrier free. Most mic concerts are sold out. In addition, ccac facilitates a limited number of other cultural events in the community. For the past four seasons, this has included a free holiday performance in corrales by members of the santa fe opera company. The violinist midori goto staged a benefit performance in the nearby community of rio rancho in 2015 under the auspices of ccac and her associates, the lysander trio, staged a similar performance in 2016. The harlem string quartet performed similar concerts in rio rancho and at highland high school in albuquerque in 2018.
due to financial cutbacks in our local schools that have reduced or eliminated cultural education programs, most of our children have little opportunity to hear and learn about great music. Bringing our artist series to children in local schools and to others who are disadvantaged in our area through the music in schools program is a natural extension of our mission. These nationally known artists who perform in the music in corrales series each year, supplemented by several outstanding local musicians, bring extraordinary opportunities for students in our schools and special needs adults to hear exceptional music performances and gain insights into music that are rarely available in schools and therapeutic environments. Music in schools programs are specially designed to engage children and stimulate interest and creativity, rather than just serve as entertainment or performances. The music in schools program reaches students in corrales, rio rancho, nearby pueblo schools, the native american community academy and the disabled arca greenhouse workers in corrales. Each year, dozens of school events are held as part of music in schools. According to the schools demographic data, almost half of the students were from minority backgrounds, including hispanic, native american, african-american, and asian. The intent of these programs is to provide mind-expanding and often life-changing impact on our students.