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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 pianist thomas pandolfi, the jasper string quartet, and the craicmore celtic group, 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 consists of eight concerts from september through april. 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. In the 2014-2015 season, this included a free holiday performance in corrales by members of the santa fe opera company and a benefit performance in the nearby community of rio rancho by the violinist midori goto.

due to financial cutbacks in our local schools which 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. In the last year over 100 music programs were held. According to the schools demographic data, almost half of the students were from minority backgrounds, including hispanic, native american, african-american, and asian. The outcome of these programs was to provide mind-expanding and often life-changing impact on our students.

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