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Cambria Center for the Arts hosts, ‘Spring for the Arts’ virtual event 

Brynn Albanese

Entertainment for the program includes a musical performance by local musician Brynn Albanese.

Streaming celebration to preview upcoming programs, raise funds

– Sunday afternoon, May 16, the Cambria Center for the Arts (CCA) will celebrate its planned re-opening with a special streamed evening of short performances called Spring for the Arts, beginning at 4 p.m.

This online program will preview art, musical, and film activities planned for the center later this year. Combined with a virtual silent auction of unique experiences, this event will help CCA raise money to fund improvements to the center’s infrastructure and visibility.

Tickets for the virtual program are free, (donations will be accepted) and can be reserved at The virtual silent auction will go live beginning May 9, accepting bids up until the end of the Spring for the Arts livestreamed program. The program will also be recorded and available for viewing through May 25. Details on programming, access to the silent auction, and ticketing links, as well as information about CCA, are available at

“Due to the pandemic, our center has been closed since last March,” said Mari Fedrow, president, CCA. “But now, as conditions improve, we will be returning to a full slate of art exhibits, classes, theater performances, film, and other programming. Though our center has been closed for over a year, we have been busy making the arts accessible beyond our doors through several Community Arts Projects. We also have used this time to assess our facilities and plan a revitalization for our opening.”

Entertainment highlights for the Spring for the Arts program include a duet from Cambria: The Musical (scheduled to premiere in the CCA Theatre later this year), a musical performance by local musician Brynn Albanese, one by local favorite musician Greg Gorrindo, an art demonstration by Jeanne Aird, a short film from the Cambria Film Festival, and more.

The focus of the virtual silent auction will be on unique experiences connected to the arts and Cambria. Items include a dance class for six by Shirley Kirkes Mar, an improv class for six by Sabrina Pratt of Central Coast Comedy, a backyard bocce ball party for eight with pizza and wine, a movie theater party for 25, a $500 gift certificate to Robin’s, individual seats to various art classes, and many others.

The sale of these experiences and proceeds from the program will help fund the planned upgrades for the center, such as:

  • Vibrant and more visible exterior signage
  • A new facility layout thanks to an updated space-sharing agreement with Cambria Unified School District
  • Refreshed gallery space with newly-painted walls, updated lighting, and a new information desk
  • An enhanced theater for both film and theatre programs—including improved lighting, updated sound projection, infrastructure improvements, along with a recently acquired high-quality projection system and screen
  • Improved conference room and classroom space


Some of the changes are already funded by a recent bequest, but the event will help raise the final dollars.

For more information, to reserve tickets, or to make contributions, visit



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