For Immediate Release

Media Contact: John Cain
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Performances and community engagement activities target intergenerational audiences

September 14, 2023, Santa Rosa, Calif. – Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) announced it has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in support of its Rodney Strong Dance Series, along with affiliated community engagement activities that advance the power of the arts to broader audiences. The grant will help support a series of dance performances and accompanying programs that reflect Sonoma County’s diverse community and attract and engage intergenerational audiences.

LBC’s 2023/2024 Dance Series will feature three performances by leading dance companies, including the Calidanza Dance Company in our annual Posada Navideña program in December. The public performances will highlight various dance forms, techniques, and histories to engage younger audiences with the art form. In addition to the performances, LBC will provide multiple points of engagement for the community, including post-show discussions, free master classes for high school students, matinee performances for schools, and community conversations on themes of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB).

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award, which will help us deepen our audience’s engagement with and understanding of dance, as well as the various cultural histories of our communities,” said Rick Nowlin, President and CEO. “By engaging younger audiences in particular with this art form, LBC aims to sow intergenerational understanding and arts engagement.”

About Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is home to world-class performances, nationally recognized education programs, contemporary visual art, and many popular events. The Arts Center is located in the heart of the Sonoma wine country and ranked among California’s top performing arts presenters. Together with its resident companies, the Center presents more than 230 performances in music, dance, theater, renowned speakers, and comedy; provides education programs serving more than 50,000 children and adults; and hosts more than 800 community events a year. Owned and operated by the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, the Center relies on charitable community donations to achieve its mission – to enrich, educate, and entertain. For more information, visit

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