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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, May 8, 2013

B Arts & Lectures receives generous gift for education outreach from SAGE

UCSB Arts & Lectures received a gift of $100,000 from SAGE, a leading independent academic and professional publisher, for education outreach for the current season.


Arts & Lectures’ award-winning education outreach program features lecture-demonstrations and classroom discussions with visiting performing artists at local elementary and high schools, colleges and other public settings, serving both students and traditionally underserved populations. In the past year, more than 27,500 college and school-aged students and community members have participated in Arts & Lectures’ education outreach program.

“Arts & Lectures is grateful for the generous support of SAGE,” said Celesta Billeci, Miller McCune Executive Director of UCSB Arts & Lectures. “Its gift has made it possible for us to give back to the community, providing students from kindergarten through college one-of-a-kind opportunities to see world-class performing artists up close and learn from them, making memories that will last a lifetime and inspiring the next generation of artists, arts appreciators and audiences.”

SAGE is committed to supporting programs that elevate and inspire thinkers in a variety of different ways,” said SAGE President and CEO Blaise Simqu. “The UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures program strengthens the educational experience of university students and the UCSB community alike by promoting creative thought and artistic excellence. Here at SAGE, we applaud UC Santa Barbara for its strong academic tradition and are proud to be sponsoring the UCSB Arts & Lectures program.”

About UCSB Arts & Lectures

Founded in 1959, UCSB Arts & Lectures is the largest and most influential arts and lectures organization between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Now in its 53rd season, Arts & Lectures annually presents more than a hundred events, from critically acclaimed concerts and dance performances to talks by groundbreaking authors and film series at UC Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara-area venues. Its mission is to “educate, entertain and inspire.” In 2013, the program launched the Campaign for Arts & Lectures, a five-year, $20 million fundraising initiative to be split between a permanent endowment and annual support. The 2012-2013 education outreach program is also supported by the William H. Kearns Foundation. http://www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu.

About SAGE

SAGE is a leading international publisher of journals, books and electronic media for academic, educational and professional markets. Since 1965, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers and students spanning a wide range of subject areas including business, humanities, social sciences and science, technology and medicine. An independent company, SAGE has principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington, D.C. http://www.sagepublications.com.

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