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ARTS & CULTURE ithout a doubt Fresno is fast becoming a destination for arts aficionados. The community celebrates its art and culture, whether it is honoring the customs of its diverse population, relishing the sophistication of stage performances or enjoying the rich customs of its residents through festivals. Fresno understands the importance of recognizing the many cultures, faiths and interests that make it such a vibrant community. The city is home to many cultural celebrations throughout the year.


Some of the diverse events celebrated in Fresno with include the annual Mexican Independence Day, which has residents tapping their feet to lively mariachi music and enjoying plenty of authentic Mexican cuisine. The community also participates in the Hmong New Year Celebration, one of the largest cultural events for the Hmong in the United States. Over 200,000 people have attended over a nine-year span. Tradition abounds at the annual Grape


Blessing and Festival, a significant celebration in the Armenian community. The Fresno Veterans Parade, César Chávez celebration and Martin Luther King Jr. celebration pay tribute to significant national heroes. Each October sees the arrival of tens of thousands who visit Fresno to enjoy the Big Fresno Fair—complete with entertainment, horse racing, plenty of dining selections and several agriculture and cultural exhibits. The Fresno Convention Center is the site of many popular events throughout the year, including lively entertainment such as Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, and many other touring performers. The Save Mart Center, located on the campus of Fresno State, welcomes national celebrities in a large indoor arena with an 18,000-seat capacity. California State University’s theater also hosts numerous studentproduced and multicultural-cast performances. The university also serves as host to world-renowned performers through the Keyboard Concert Series. Fresno City College’s theater is a platform for students’ work in dance, music and drama.

Warnors Center for Performing Arts Phone: 559.264.2848 For more information visit our website or email 1400 Fulton Street | Fresno, CA 93721

Fresno also showcases its diverse cultural history and ever evolving artistic talent through local museums and cultural arts centers such as the Fresno Art Museum, the African American Historical and Cultural Museum, Arte Américas, the Legion of Valor Museum, housed in the Fresno Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, the Armenian Heritage Museum, the Meux Home and the newly established Selma Arts Center. The Fresno Arts Council (FAC), the local partner to the California Arts Council, is a major driving force behind Fresno’s cultural arts scene. Established in 1979, this private nonprofit organization serves as the arts agency to both the City and County of Fresno, promoting and supporting the arts community. The FAC, as art consultant for the City and County of Fresno, coordinates and provides oversight for the 1% designated for the public art program. Consistent with its mission, “to enrich people’s lives through the arts” the FAC sponsors events and programs that enhance arts in education, illuminate local talent and strengthen arts organizations and individual artist so that they will enhance the economic vitality of the county.

Fresno CA Community Profile  

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